There is now a movie based around one of our library’s popular series, The saga of Darren Shan. It is a well read series, with the borrowing being reasonably constant over a number of years. Many of our boys enjoy this series and the Demonata series. The first book, Cirque du Freak, is the compelling saga of a reasonably normal teenager’s journey into a much dark world than he has been living, the world of vampires. Darren and his friends go and see the banned Cirque du Freak. The Freak Show scene is really quite creepy. It is not just the blood, but also the way that the ringmaster manipulated the audience. After show has to make a choice/deal offered by Mr. Crepsley (Vampire) that will end in him saving his friend ‘s life but Darren himself becoming a vampire. He enters a world filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and there is an unexpected ending. The first 3 Darren Shan books Cirque du Freak, The Vampire’s assistant and Tunnels of blood are part of the Vampire Blood Trilogy. There are 12 books about Darren Shan in total. The horror genre has continued to bubble along with its devotees being a very loyal band so I think there is a ready-made audience for the new film. I will be interested to have a look at how the film makers have handled the stories. I liked some of the quirkiness in the later part of the trailer.
For you interested students, you can visit Darren Shan’s Official Website here and there is also the Darren Shan YouTube site that is worth a look at as well. Harper Collins also have the Darren Shan BEBO site as well to tell you all about the author, his books, his book talks, any competitions, etc.