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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

I loves me some snarky bad-ass Rufus Sewell as the big evil baddie. I liked watching stuff blow-up. However…

I hadn’t read the book, and somehow I thought that the story all took place before Lincoln became president and therefore before the Civil War. I get the Vampire=Slavery metaphor, but I just found the idea of vampires at Gettysburg to be incredibly distasteful and disrespectful both to the suffering of the actual slaves and the real soldiers who died in the Civil War.

I just wasn’t comfortable at all with the use of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad as a way to thwart the vampires. Also making Willie’s death the result of vampires is just icky, especially when you realize that Mary Todd Lincoln pretty much went bonkers and wasn’t this wonderfully strong heroine. I realize I’m missing the point of fantasy and alternate history, but this just crossed too many lines for me. (If this makes me the bad kind of SJW, so be it.)

Rufus was awesome though. So call me conflicted.

Is there any Adam/Henry slash-fic out there yet?


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Jun. 26th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, a reviewer in a newspaper (I think it was Newsday) gave it ZERO stars. I've never seen a review for a movie that didn't rate at least one star for been terrible!
Jun. 26th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's like the "The Little Man" who's the reviewer icon for the San Francisco Chronicle actually leaving the theater. I don't think it was bad as movie making, just that I'm not comfortable with the fact that it was made at all.
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
*nod* I've often said to people that my one issue with Captain America: The First Avenger was how they sometimes seemed to be saying, "Look, our villain is MORE EVIL than Hitler!" So I'm kind of avoiding AL:VH because I'm pretty darn sure I'd have the same issues with it that you do.

Alternate history is fine. Weaving fantasy elements into history is fine. But taking a human evil and trying to explain it away/make it "worse" by making it supernatural just offends me on every level. Not because of anything I do or don't believe (IMO that's irrelevant), but because it's about accountability. Because I believe that even in fiction we have a responsibility to the people who lived through them not to trivialize the dark chapters of our history. That's a slippery slope that can all too easily lead to trivializing or even justifying those actions in real life.

Which is a long winded way of saying, I agree completely.
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Thank you!
That expresses very well what I was feeling. And it's worse because it's so well done in terms of feeling like a "real" battle instead of just old-school Cecil B DeMille crowds in motion stuff. So to see the suffering of the soldiers and then throw vampires into the mix....blech.

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