Geek Cast 02! (And a sparkly rant)
Geek Cast 02! (And a sparkly rant)
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Yes, yes. Another Twilight joke, I know. But, yeesh. It’s soooo easy to make fun of, and with the vampire storyline planned out, I couldn’t resist.

Seriously, though. If you need a good laugh, look up a plot synopsis for the series sometime. There’s stuff in there that boggles the mind. Vampire  LARP storytellers everywhere – my heart goes out to you in the face of the new wave of Twilight fans who have no doubt found your games by now.  Good luck, my friends, in discouraging their terribly over the top character concepts. (Though a seasoned ST probably has turned down half a dozen half-vampire, half-werewolf concepts already, so you should have some experience in these matters)

((Ok, ok. I realize that some of you great, geeky peopleout there are probably Twilight fans, and I don’t hold that against you. It is entirely possible to realize that something is complete and utter tripe, and still enjoy it for it’s tripiness. Tripeocity?))

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In other news – check out the new video!!

News: Posted February 20th, 2009 by Alina

^ 43 Comments to “Geek Cast 02! (And a sparkly rant)”

  1. WtC Says:

    Lol, feel free to take a few swings at Twilight! Me… I laughed soo hard that I cried, when I first heard about it and somewhere between sobs I was able to ask if it was for real… XD
    But as a reviewer said: “If you’re a 12 to 15 year-old girl looking for a new crush, you should probably go see it, as you might just enjoy it. Everybody else should just stay away…”

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 2:02 am
  2. The whole Twilight thing was really aimed at the young female demographic, and i don’t see many LARPs taking minors anymore, so that should clear up most of it. I just get sad that fewer games seem to follow the vision of Rein-dot-Hagen and use the game for a Dark mirror to explore the darker side of humanity, and play somewhere between hook-ups in corsets and Supe rHeroes alergic to sunlight.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 3:22 am
  3. Oh there was talk when the movie came out among my friends in the Camarilla of the creation of a Daeva Bloodline of glitter-vamps for use in Vampire: The Requiem. Something about the appeal of being humorously emo. And possibly measuring the time between introduction of PC and final death.

    Though I’ve heard this rumor, and it would frighten me to find it to be true, that the author admitted to not actually having read any other vampire fiction beforehand. Or vampire legends. Or…really vampire anything. Which is why they glitter instead of…I dunno. Burn. Or look like the crew of the Black Pearl exposed to moonlight (C’mon! I can’t have been the only one to think that was going to happen with the sunlight scene in the movie!). Something…not involving a lot of glitter.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 3:31 am
  4. estarriol Says:

    All ‘Twilight’ Vampires are, are High Elves placed in the modern world. Glittery, sickeningly good and have kin who follow the Dark path.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 6:29 am
  5. lol, nice joke, Definantly fit in perfectly with the comic. Should have expected some joke about sparkles >.<

    And yes, the twilight series is a joke, Who ever heard of vegetarian vampires? wtf.. anyhow. Great comic, I hope it continues to do well!

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 9:13 am
  6. Jessa Says:

    I’m sick of twilight jokes. So, so sick of it, alright?
    I’m not one of those mental fans. In fact, I’m a huge fan of proper vampire legends. But the thing I like about it is that it dared to be different. She didn’t conform to the cliche and I like that.
    I understand that you dislike Twilight but for gods sake, you are *this* close from stopping me from reading your comics.
    ._.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 11:14 am
  7. Andy Says:

    As a vegetarian myself, I just want to point out that “vegetarian” means exactly the opposite of “eats animals”…

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  8. Royal Says:

    YEAH! Bash them Twilight books! Did you know that Stephen King talked a bit about twilight? He heard that some reviewer said the Author of twilight was as good as JK Rowling. He quickly announced that JK Rowling was a far better writer and Twilight author “can’t write worth a damn.”

    Also…you have given me one more reason to do all I can to attempt a trip to Conneticut for the Webcomic Weekend. I DO REALLY WANNA GO! But its far away…then again…webcomics!

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm
  9. Corvid Says:

    This is the exact reason why my little Malk girl (who might or might not be Stephanie from Lazy Town) brought in a tube of superfine glitter and dusted it over everyone.

    That death was worth it.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 12:13 pm
  10. gnrrrg Says:

    Audio and video were way off on that one, so it was funny watching you gesture to stuff you weren’t talking about at the moment.

    Just to share a bad vampire role-playing character experience. This occurred prior to Twilight becoming as big as it is, but well reflects your comment about Twilight fans joining vampire games. Storycrafter.com is an on-line role-playing game sight I am active on and I thought it would be a neat way to try and run a game of Are You A Werewolf? (which is a great party game if nobody’s heard of it). I explained the rules of the game, which aren’t that hard, and then listed two character requirements – your character’s name and your character’s position in the village. I even left an example, Tom the village blacksmith. Alas, the only person who applied submitted a bisexual vampire character with a three paragraph biography telling her royal lineage.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 1:58 pm
  11. Basil R. Lee Says:

    @Jessa: I could write a story about a clown who is a commando, who sneaks around Iraq (in full clown regalia) only to find out that the war DOES have something to do with Al-Queda, and leads back to Canada, we evil masterminds hellbent on conquering the planet through control of its oil sands. It would break a whole whack of clichés too, but just avoiding the clichés doesn’t make it a good story. Have you ever actually READ Twilight? We don’t mock it simply because she “ruined vampires for us” or anything, we mock it because it was written with the grammar and linguistic flair of a 12-year-old girl who listens to nothing but Evanescence, yet still managed to become as widespread an epidemic as smallpox used to be (hopefully with a similar extinction happening soon). It is not literary genius. It is not a new spin on an old idea. It is the most trite, horrible Mary Sue fan fiction, yet it has enough fans that they would count as a bloc of votes, and I despair for those people with no taste.

    Also, you’re about the only person here who is sick of the jokes about it. Now close your eyes, and think…of the last 150k jokes you heard about that steaming pile of fecal matter, how many came from here? Two? Three? Yeah, that’s right. Stop reading something good because occasionally it makes a joke you don’t agree with, and you’ll STILL be deluged by Twilight jokes, because lots of other people hate it too.

    ….grrrr, rant rant rant.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 2:28 pm
  12. Cori Says:

    I’m reasonably certain the bisexual royal vamp had no background in twilight. Ms. Meyer is a Mormon and her characters’ sexuality is pretty much ‘only after we are married’, and none of them claim much in the way of royalty. On the other hand, the hero of the latest Canadian vampire television show is actually Henry Fitzroy (son of Henry VIII)… so the lameness is much more likely to stem from there.

    Lameness abounds in the vampire gamer community, and always has; it can’t all be blamed on Twilight. And yet I still love everything about them (including Twilight, although I also see the goofiness therein).

    Embrace the nerd within, I always say.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 2:32 pm
  13. Jessa Says:

    @Basil R. Lee.

    There’s no need to get rude about it. I’d like to point out that in no point during either of my comments have I bad-mouthed anyone who dislikes it the way you just did to me, labelling me as someone with ‘no taste’. Just because someone has ideas different to you does not mean you should count them as any less – that’s just another form as Racism. I accept your opinion. What I do not accept is the way you acted towards me for saying my own opinion.

    Well done. I won’t be reading any more. If Alina wants wants to get in contact with me, she can email me.
    Because I’m not going to post my views and be nothing but polite if all I get is a rude, nasty comment back that does not value my opinion like I have valued the others, and also acts as if I am nothing but a fool for being different in my tastes in writing.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 5:40 pm
  14. Caspar Says:

    Alina: sorry, but where is the first twilight joke in the comic? i just can´t find him… :)

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 6:18 pm
  15. Kata Says:

    @Jessa: BAAAAAWWWWW. You said you would give up on reading a really great comic because the authors cracked two, maaybe three jokes about Twilight. I lump Twilight in with Eragon – crappy children’s books written by people who may as well be children themselves. I wrote bad fanfiction at that age, and tweenies the same age I was loved it. 90% of Twilight fans are tweenie-boppers who write bad romance fanfiction and would dream of seeing their own terrible writing in print.
    Secondly, you have decided that you ARE giving up on the comic because somebody in the comments has hurt your feelings by stating an opposite opinion. I personally didn’t find anything particularly rude about the comment Basil left. I agree – just because an idea is different, doesn’t make it great. Meyer writes like a 12-year-old, or at best, a not-that-great 15-year-old. Vampire venom being flammable? Obviously she knows nothing about anything, and her excuse of not being a biology major does nothing – great writers RESEARCH what they’re talking about, and ANYBODY can at least use Wikipedia.

    My closing argument comes from an excellent individual who HAS, in fact, read this terrible heap of tripe: http://sti-twilightsaga.blogspot.com/2008/12/sti-twilight.html

    Really, I just love Alina Pete’s comic and I can’t stand this kind of fairweather fandom. She cracked jokes about anime bishounen some time ago, and about knitting circles, which I both enjoy, but hey, I didn’t throw some huge hissy fit in the comments. I rolled with it. Because that’s the job of comic writers – much like stand-up comedians, they’re supposed to make fun of everybody and anybody. So go back to fanfiction.net and cry to your reviewers of your terrible Jacob/Bella/Edward fanfic that we’re all mean.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 6:44 pm
  16. Journeylady Says:

    Frankly, I loved the twilight books, loved the movie and I’m not a pre-teen. I’m not saying they’re the best books I’ve ever read, but I prefer them to the over the top supernatural porn that Anita Blake became.

    BUT. I still snicker about the sparkly thing. I mean, come on! Ohh I’m a SPARKLY Vampire.

    I’m a fan, and I still make fun of the sparkles.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm
  17. Rachel Says:

    In my opinion, good writing is writing that people enjoy. In other words, it’s totally subjective. Who cares if Stephen King doesn’t like it, or anyone else? I agree with what Jessa said – you are free to dislike it, but don’t hate on people that do. I’d like to reference you to http://www.weregeek.com/2009/02/11/. That’s what you sound like.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
  18. Mandi Says:

    Know what? I like Twilight. If the author didnt make her book a boring, unoriginal copy of legends, I dont resent her for it. all of you critiques? You read a comic about weregeeks. I would NOT be talking. I’m with Jessa. If this keeps up, you will have one less suporter.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
  19. Mandi Says:

    and actually Basil R, Lee? All of the Twilight bashing ive heard came from here. Have you even READ twilight? I will agree that the movie was probably a terrible, but most book movies are.

    Posted February 20th, 2009 at 8:29 pm
  20. Pukako Says:

    Great website, comic(s) & Geekcast. I’m not going to read Twilight and don’t share any spaces with teenage girls, so will keep out of the deeply felt semi-flamewar.

    But thanks a lot for all this stuff, Alina – no cons or suchlike in the antipodes, so it’s good to hear it. Moosehead is excellent & whimsical, so please hurry & add a link.

    Posted February 21st, 2009 at 6:38 am
  21. WtC Says:

    hmm, it might have been possible for the girl to feel like it was a personal attack from Basil (although I’m fairly sure it wasn’t, just his opinion.). But there is such a thing as being too touchy, which will be a problem she’ll have to work with, ’cause lets face it… People might not always be nice to your love… (I hope she’s reading this XS)

    Posted February 21st, 2009 at 9:25 am
  22. DarkNevaeh Says:

    Posted February 21st, 2009 at 12:24 pm
  23. Mandi Says:

    I do agree the sparkeles were funny, although original.

    Posted February 21st, 2009 at 6:24 pm
  24. Allie Says:

    Personally, I haven’t read Twilight, and have no intention of doing so. I’ve heard so much Bullsh–Horns on both sides of the fanline about how wonderfully original the story is, or how hypercritically horrendous it is compared to the “real” thing. Then I start reading the webcomics, and the War is taken to new heights.
    I just want to know, why are you people getting so upset about something that you didn’t even have a part of creating, and that will have no major infulence on the rest of your lives? Its just a story, albeit a very different twist to what we are used to hearing. Also, this is a webcomic people. When they creat their stories, they base things off their views of what they find funny and what they think people will like. If we sat here and discriminated against everything we didn’t like about it, the entire purpose of the comic’s existance would be meaningless. I’m just wondering why you all seem so upset about one tiny little factor that really isn’t all that important when you look at it.
    And again, its all subjective to the reader. Opinions differ. Learn this, and you will be a much happier, stress-free person.

    Posted February 21st, 2009 at 9:04 pm
  25. Allie Says:

    And P.S.,
    I like this comic and despite some jokes that don’t suit my taste, I’m not going to stop reading it because it amuses me and the art is interesting.

    Posted February 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm
  26. Christina Says:

    First of all: Wow. People are getting really worked up over this. Please, people, calm down. Even if we don’t agree some things, we all share a common interest (otherwise we wouldn’t be at this site) so let’s respect each others views, okay?

    I read the first Twilight book: I didn’t hate it, I didn’t really like it enough to read the others. I saw the movie, and after doing these two things I will say this based on what I’ve seen so far: I appreciate a different take on an old idea, however I think a lot of things about them (such as the sparkles) could be done without. Honestly, from what I read/saw I decided it really wasn’t something I was/would be able to get in to.

    Posted February 22nd, 2009 at 12:47 am
  27. Christina Says:

    Oh, and P.S. because I wanted to share my crazy conspiracy theory with the world! If there are real vampires who AREN’T nice and sparkly I think it just got a whole lot easier for them to lure young girls away and drink their blood. Just sayin’.

    Posted February 22nd, 2009 at 1:12 am
  28. Kylen Says:

    Hehe. Haven’t had one at ours yet…though if we did, he’d end up Toreador. Freaking Toreador…BRUJAH SOUND OFF!! >>

    Posted February 22nd, 2009 at 5:01 am
  29. Kylen Says:

    My bad, btw….Old World WoD MET player >>

    Posted February 22nd, 2009 at 5:02 am
  30. Ruggs Says:

    I like Twilight since it gets people to read, but I’d put it akin to young adult novels, which is what they are. Think Babysitter’s Club, et al. If it’s getting a crowd to read who otherwise wouldn’t, or might not, more power to them. …that said, we can still make fun of it. We can make fun of Eragon, too. Everything’s better with a slice of humor. :)

    Posted February 22nd, 2009 at 5:28 pm
  31. Antdevamp Says:

    I enjoy your VTR-themed comics. I am in a good Mage the Awakening game right now, but it’s nice to see others enjoying the VtM rewrite. I was pretty in touch with the Sabbat themes, I couldn’t translate without scoffing for a few years, but I own most of the VTR pdfs now, and I think perhaps someday, I could put in an appearance. I just wish they had a better African bloodline than the Taifa or Anubi. I’ll think on it.

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 12:28 am
  32. Othniel Says:

    First spat I’ve seen on here. I’d like to point out that Joel asking for no sparkels is well within his character. Star Wars, Magic the Gathering, Star Trek, and World of Warcraft have all been made fun of in this comic before. Twilight is not anymore of a scared cow than any of these.

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 1:42 am
  33. Jenny Islander Says:

    Three reasons why Twilight is such an object of mockery:

    1. Anybody who reads fanfic has seen it online, for free. The idea that this informed-attribute-ridden, sloppily researched (and I’m not just talking about the vampires), sick-stalker-romance, opposite-of-erotic, should’ve-stayed-in-a-notebook-under-the-bed mess actually got published for pay is like a loud fart at a funeral: you can’t help laughing, but dude, that don’t belong.

    2. There are vocal (screaming!) hardcore fans who actually scare the actors, who pop up here and there defending this mess with the fervor of people who appear not to have read many, or any, other books, and who mostly appear to be old enough to have kids who read it. It’s either flee screaming from fandom or laugh until they go away.

    3. When the writing isn’t all “Does Meyer read what she writes, or did she type this stuff in a fugue state?” it’s often so bad it’s funny. Perfect fodder for elegant snarkers such as the sublime Cleolinda.

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 4:40 am
  34. XAQ Says:

    I utterly agree that these books are great for getting young teens into reading, and they are definitely worth enjoying for what they are. But I also agree with the people who roll their eyes at the super-rabid fandom. There’s nothing wrong with guilty pleasures (I can’t talk, I like the GOR books for goodness’ sake), so long as one ADMITS to themselves and others that it’s a guilty pleasure for a REASON.

    Anyway, we couldn’t resist one last Twilight joke, seeing as how we were doing another Vampire storyline. :-)

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 8:08 am
  35. Aelius Says:

    hmmm. Interesting take on this from all sides.

    1. There is nothing wrong with a new genre. Once upon a time people have scoffed at everything. We play pretend for gods sake, people have called that past time a number of things that I won’t repeat here. Judge not lest ye be judged.

    2. I’m all for getting kids reading. But I’m all for getting kids reading something with substance. Now I haven’t read these Twlight books, mainly because they don’t sound like something i would read. But in all honesty I would have to say this is like an English teacher being happy that her class was reading Penthouse, because, at least they’re reading.

    3. The fact that someone on ‘THE INTERNET’ gets scared away from something because of a ‘flame war’ astounds me. This is the internet people, we get flamed on a constant basis. This is the medium upon which EVERYONE can mock your ideas free of charge without fear of reprisal. If you run away when someone makes a comment that you don’t agree with, I suggest selling your computer and sticking to ‘snail mail’.

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 5:39 pm
  36. WtC Says:

    Hey Aelius, mary me! XD jk
    But I couldn’t agree more…

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 7:09 pm
  37. Punstarr Says:

    Yeah for old WoD!!! :D

    On the topic of Twilight though, my wife read and enjoyed all the books. I think the idea of sparkly vampires is pretty lame (since they should do what all vampires should do when exposed to sunlight: burst into flames!). As for Meyers, you all can rag on her all you want, but because of the “tripe” that she wrote, she’s a freaking millionaire now. I’d be willing to suffer the opinions of people online and the occasional webcomic poking fun at my creation if it meant raking in that much cash, I don’t know about you. ;)

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 7:21 pm
  38. Mandi Says:

    One thing that reeealy bugs me: When people just link to sites cussing out twilight so their comment will not be banned. Yeah, Im talking to you Kata!!!!!!!! And if you havent read the books you shouldnt whine about them!!!!!!

    Posted February 23rd, 2009 at 7:33 pm
  39. WtC Says:

    btw, on the whole burst in to flame vs sparkly issue BOTH are wrong according to Stoker… According to him (he’s the author of the original Dracula novel for those of you who don’t know) their powers are merely weakened during the day… They NEITHER sparkle nor burst into flame…

    Posted February 24th, 2009 at 9:46 pm
  40. Aelius Says:

    Bram Stoker wrote the tale of Dracula its true, but in fact the tale was folklore from long before his time. Everything to do with vampires comes handed down from generations long since gone that told their ‘peeps’ ghastly stories about monsters in the night.
    >Sidebar: I highly doubt these stories that scared children to death involved anything with sparkles.

    Now with this comment I’m just playing the devil’s advocate. You say that I shouldn’t whine about Twilight books without reading them. Well I’ve never killed a man, but I happen to have a strong opinion about that. I’ve never eaten seafood, yet I groan and moan about teh smell of it. I have never experienced being bitten by a shark, but damn it all I’m certain that it would not be fun. What I mean to say is that there are times when one does not have to experience something to have an opinion. The reason I mock these books is that they were written for highschool aged females. I’m not stereotyping but yes she DID indeed write them for a certain demographic. That not a bad thing, but it also means that the books were written with certain things in mind. The elements included do not have anything to do with great literature or content, she derives most of her content from things that young teenage girls like. Hence I don’t feel the need to read the books and can quite confidently state that they hold no value to my tastes.

    Towards the comment that she’s stinking rich. By all means, she might be comfortable in what has occurred, and she may be fine because she has all this money. And as long as SHE is happy with what she produced, then no one can fault her for her actions. She wrote what she set out to write.

    And lastly. For the small price of 3 camels, 2 goats and 1 sheep I’ll be waiting at the alter.

    Posted February 25th, 2009 at 1:25 pm
  41. WtC Says:

    Great I’ll draw up the paperwork XD

    Posted February 26th, 2009 at 7:56 am
  42. Kata Says:

    @Mandi: Who said I hadn’t read them? I just didn’t want anybody to think STI: Twilight was written by somebody who hadn’t. And I’d say that it’s pretty much dead on for content. It’s like Twilight Abridged, really. You’re complaining because I just linked to the site? That’s not me backing down out fear of a banned comment, that’s me not wanting to copypasta the ENTIRE THING into the comments. Because honestly, who would even want that?
    If you’re going to try to make a point, do try to have proper evidence, plzkthx~.

    Posted February 26th, 2009 at 11:17 am
  43. Bob Says:

    I tried to read the books, but hell they just gave me a headache. I know some people also like Laurell K. Hamilton’s books also, but honestly exempting the first couple books all of them read like bad fanfiction written by an overly amorous wife who hasn’t gotten any in years. I know there used to be some good scifi/fantasy writers, I just wonder where they went.

    Posted March 2nd, 2009 at 5:39 pm

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