A World of Vampires, Magic and Little French Witches
Yes, such a place exists. It’s a world full of not only magic, dragons, mermaids and witches, but vampires too. I’m talking about Tara Duncan, a French cartoon show that has just recently made it stateside. The magical show, which has been translated into English, is based on an incredibly popular book series by author Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian. It is said that this book series is like Harry Potter, but with a French female lead instead, and after seeing the show, I can see the similarities. However, Tara Duncan is definitely not some bad mockery of Harry Potter.
I wrote about this show a while back on Werewolves.com and shortly after that I fell in love with Tara Duncan and watched every episode I could find – which is how I found out it also has vampires in it! Yay! Since most of the info on both the show and the books is in French I am basing all of my information on what I have watched so far. From what I have seen, the show follows Tara, a young witch, and her other magical friends as they battle with evil creatures that have left the Otherworld, the world in which most magical beings live. Their job is to return anyone and anything back to the Otherworld, since they have no place in our “no-spell” world.
I may be 25-years-old and this show may have been made for kids, but I love it. It has everything a fantasy lover could want – magical spells, mermaids, talking animals, dragons, vampires, werewolves, elves, and loads more. But, as much as I love the show I really wish I could read the books. I have a feeling that the books are much better than the show, and are probably much more detailed. Every episode is only 20 minutes long, so you aren’t getting a whole lot of backstory. So while there are quite a few episodes with vampires, we never learn much about them. I’m assuming their whole story, as well as the other’s stories, are explained in depth in the book series. I guess until the books are translated into English I’m stuck wondering. Good thing the show is highly entertaining.
Sadly, the English version of the show can only be found on Comcast’s On Demand in the “Kabillion Girls Rule” section. Which means the only people that can watch Tara Duncan are those of you in France or those of you who have Comcast. Maybe one day Kabillion will get around to updating their website and episodes will be available there.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).