Personally, I prefer to avoid the undead. But that's kind of difficult to do, thanks to a pop culture trend that just won't die.
Vampires, those blasted bloodsuckers, have been a big deal for a long time now. I wrote a "Where'd All These Vampires Come From" column two years ago.
The vampire trend has not only continued but intensified since then, making me twitchy for a clove of more potent garlic, a pointier stake.
Probably the person most responsible for amping up the vamping is Stephenie Meyer, the author whose "Twilight" series has enchanted preteens, overheated their moms and made zillions of dollars.
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The series of movies based on the books made megastars out of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, who portray Edward Cullen, the sexy vampire, and Bella Swan, the sexy vampire lover.
They've starred in two movies so far, "Twilight" and "New Moon," and the third installment, "Eclipse," is set to hit theaters June 30. (While we wait, we'll just have to make do with the brooding, panting and kissing running incessantly on television.)
Speaking of TV, another flock of vampire fans are celebrating the return tonight of "True Blood," a popular HBO series starring Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton, the sexy vampire, and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse, the sexy vampire lover.
The edgy, erotic and darkly humorous series, now in its third season, is one of HBO's must successful and watched series.
In store for Sookie and Bill this season: The interference of Eric, another sexy (of course) vampire who's feeling all blood-lusty for Sookie and promises to cause triangular problems.
All the vampire excitement is even rubbing off on network television. On June 20, ABC will debut a vampire series called "The Gates," a drama that looks like "Desperate Housewives" meets "Gossip Girls" then grows a set of fangs. It's set in an exclusive gated community and involves blood-sucking moms, dads and teenagers.
It's going to be a very bloody summer.
If you watch
VAMPIRES ON SCREEN
"True Blood" — An edgy, erotic vampire series, which starts its third season at 8 p.m. today on HBO.
"The Gates" — A new ABC series about a family living in a gated community that turns out to be home to a whole lot of bloodsuckers. It premieres at 8 p.m. June 20 on ABC and KAKE, Channel 10.
"Twilight: Eclipse" — The third installment in the "Twilight" movie series will see Edward and Jacob continuing to battle for Bella. The film will be released June 30.