This Vampire Thing is Getting Out of Hand

Source: Carmela Laganse

The DVD for "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse", the third installment of the blockbuster vampire series, will be available December 4, but you can already pre-order it on Amazon.

The first three movies have raked in $1.8 billion in global box office.

That's just revenues from theaters.

DVD sales, book sales, merchandising, add it all together and the love story of Bella and Edward has sucked up a lot of cash to keep the blood of commerce flowing.

Vampire mania has spawned offspring like "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries", though nothing may be better than the original campy "Dark Shadows" or the fun moxie displayed in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Source: Carmela Laganse

America's got it bad for the fangs. Always has. we have it this bad?

Earlier this year I blogged about a furniture tie-in to the Twilight movies—should you choose metal stools for Edward, wood stools for Jacob?This was a fun attempt by a furniture store to sell regular old bar stools.

Prepare yourself for some real vampire furniture.

Canadian artist Carmela Lagansehas created several pieces as part of an installation at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

The furniture is clearly designed for, er, ease of use.

Source: Carmela Laganse

The artist's bioat the museum says she's interested in "how our popular visual culture affects thinking and behavior."

Another attempt to capitalize on Twilight or True Blood?

"This body of work is not at all about marketing TV shows," her business manager, Archita Ghosh, tells me, "but rather art making a statement about: consumption, capitalism, food presentation, pop culture, and so on."

Food presentation, indeed.

Though as for consumption and capitalism, one could argue that the housing collapse, stock market losses, Obamacare, bailouts, and unemployment have made us all feel bitten.


UPDATE: By the way, once the exhibition is over, you can buy the pieces for $9,000 each, or $45,000 for the entire collection. Laganse's inspiration? "What inspired me was the ridiculous-ness of our culture and how we are subtly directed to behave and think—myself included."

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