Humans for centuries have been drawn to vampires. From sitting around the fire in the time before the industrial revolution, to sitting around the table and in modern times watching it on the big screen. The folk tales of the undead that hunt at night, sucking the blood of the innocent has haunted and intrigued the human psyche for as long folklore has been in existence. Being afraid of what is being told to them, yet being unable to pull away. The pull and push affect that these mystical monsters have on the human aura is undeniable. Modern day vampires have a cult like following. When the Twilight series came out, the people where divided between team Jacob and team Edward. Teenage girls would swoon over these monsters, dangerous yet alluring.
Although vampires have always been known for drinking blood and immortal, the nature of their kind has developed over time into a more compassionate kind. Dracula and Lestat centered more on European and aristocratic culture and the immortal aspect of the monster where they were sinister and preyed on the weak. The culture of vampires were seen as malicious and predators, whereas the Cullens are the “good vampires” that do not feed on human blood. Throughout the twentieth century, vampires main focus in on the Western culture. Since the barrier between human society and the immortals has been broken down over the past century, the vampires in modern media are now viewed as more of a misunderstood, heroic character. Protection over the ones the vampires care about is a vital part of their identity.
In the late nineteenth century vampires started to evolve into to what is the modern day vampire. Although they were still seen as “evil”, the vampires of the late twentieth century were no longer creepy creatures that would crawl out of their coffins to seduce women and feed from their blood. This was the start of a new period of
The vampire, from folklore to literature is described as a “dead person that awakens in the night to suck the blood out of the living”. (Bartlett, pg 1) The evolution of the vampire itself has seen drastic changes from the time of the vampire in folklore; where he was seen as a scapegoat, being the cause of the plagues and had to be killed to restore a healthy civilization to, Bram Stocker’s literary vampire; where the vampire had become the heroic figure and had to be blamed for all the victims that had past. Both of these are based on the Penguin English definition of a vampire but how is it that the vampire today has changed so drastically from the one people feared in legends and folklore. One can say that the vampire in literature has
Movies and TV shows such as Twilight and Vampire Diaries have watered down the in-human vampire and made it to be the most human-like monster of them all. The vampires have human qualities that almost make them seem more like the tragic hero than a true detached monster. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the classic vampire novel,
In the past it was different though, vampires weren’t sparkly. They were portrayed as grotesque both internally, evil and with no moral code and externally, with their fangs, long fingernails that are like claws, pale skin that is only flushed after drinking blood yet people still wrote stories about them. It didn’t hurt though that they had a penchant for attacking beautiful women. “Perhaps the vampire is so compelling precisely because he is so repellent.”- Alan Ryan
A complicated kind of figure and possibly a portrayal of “both erotic anxiety and corrupt desire, the literary vampire is one of the most powerful archetypes bequeathed to us from the imagination of the nineteenth century” (Gordon and Hollinger). It seems that as times and cultures change that each “age embraces the vampire it needs” (Gordon and Hollinger). Before the 1970’s, the quintessential vampire was Bram Stoker’s Dracula; the mesmerizing cultured, yet sinister Eastern European Count. Since then, resulting from multiple publications, including Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, the depiction of a vampire has changed, because of the “ongoing transformations in the broader cultural and political mise-en-scene” (Gordon & Hollinger). It has been mainly through cultural
Vampires are mythological creatures that have been around for centuries. A vampire is more than just a creature that is afraid of sunlight and sucks the blood of humans. According to famous directors Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan “Why Vampires Never Die”, vampires have shifted from being scary, cold hearted bloodsuckers. Vampires now a days have given up more than just their traditional black cape. Their atrocious nature has been taken down a few notches. They have acquired new traits and have learned to live without having to kill people. Their compassion and loyalty make you view them in a different light.
Society’s fascination with fictional monsters is a topic most love to talk about. You know what really grinds people’s gears. The basis of the monster and its true portrayal and the excitement of being scared of the monsters. Vampires on the other-hand have changed the portrayal, even the argument of what is scary and what is not. Vampires used to be scary and unattractive, but now in modern times vampires are highly sexual, desirable, and even admirable.
There are things that take the spotlight throughout time in pop culture. Commonly zombies and vampires are the talk of everyone. To the extent that some people believe that zombies can one day exist and vampires are just a fantasy. But people have lost their history, in many different cultures’ history, vampires were thought of as possible creatures. Vampires have been a thing for centuries, although the term vampire came after. There were even humans that believe they had become one. The distorted history of vampires has changed people’s minds because there are certain things people think of, but not what vampires were defined as in different cultures.
This article will identify and discuss the reasons why teenagers are obsessed with vampires and what effects does it have on them. Study shows that this obsession has a great impact on both the teenager as an individual and to the people who surround her. The researcher studied and investigated the topic by finding different articles, essays, data and surveys from different sources in the Internet, as well as reading some vampire novels herself. The survey conducted by the researcher was among teenagers aged 14 to 16 who are Filipinos. All the research done about what cause this obsession came to one particular conclusion. Teens are obsessed and are addicted with
After reading and analyzing this piece, it is safe to say that this interview is an absolutely abysmal attempt to inform readers of vampires in media due to its poor organization, lack of intrinsic value, and overall lifeless atmosphere. Each paragraph took significant effort to analyze and each page a near carbon copy of the others .If such a reading was not assigned, I would never continue to read after a quick glance. If McGrath were to refine the interview, many people would be drawn towards the article instead of abandoning it in its current state.
Vampires are not always easy to spot so here is a list of possible ways you can track one down in a crowd. Vampires have appeared in a lot of content in media and there are plenty of different interpretations and I would think that a lot of these have merit. We can start with the very common idea of a vampire in 2017, due to films like Twilight and television shows like True blood there is this sort of more humanoid vampire, this form is harder to spot because they still retain most of their humanity and even have the ability to survive on non human blood. There’s the counter to that where there’s the tall hunched long eared weirdo who has big obvious fangs and holds his hands in front of his body. Also if they turn into a bat that’s probably
For years, the vampire has been a mysterious creature. We have all been infatuated with the appeal of immortality and distinctiveness that vampires possess. Many writers have visualized what vampires are supposed to look like and how they act. The common description of a vampire is terror, violence, viciousness, and fear. Nina Auerbach, writes that “There is no such creature as ‘The Vampire’; there are only vampires” (Saler 218). This statement recognizes that vampires differ tremendously in behavior, motivation, and culture. Because vampires are a fictional character, depending on the writer, the vampire will be different, even if they are