Vampires Never Die by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan: An Analysis
1279 WordsMay 20, 20136 Pages
Vampires Never Die is the title of the essay written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, but it is also a statement that is true in multiple ways. Earlier in history people heard tales of them or read books were they encountered vampires, nowadays they will visit you on your TV- screen, in books, magazines, movies and etc.; they are everywhere to be found. First and foremost we all know vampires are immortal, it is a big part of their allure. Second, vampires manage to live on and maintain popularity in our culture; their popularity is as immortal as they are. The undying fascination with vampires lay within their adaptability; the vampire can be whatever the society wishes or needs it to be at the moment. The highly…show more content…
Everyone has lost or will lose someone they cared for at one point in life, so this is very easy to relate to. We are intrigued by the thought that there might be ghosts and spirits around us that we cannot see. Also we long for our loved ones to be with us, in a sense that makes them immortal, not their bodies but their souls live with us.
Supernatural things and creatures are just that, beyond the normal. The things they do fascinate us because they are out of the ordinary, sometimes forbidden and often exciting. Vampires in the media are a reflection of our times sexual revolution and has probably been since Polidori. He is the author of “The Vampyre” written in 1819, and he based his character Lord Ruthven on his supposed lover Lord Byron. During this time homosexuality was not allowed, but well, if you are a supernatural creature those rules don’t apply to you. Times have changed since 1819 but we still reflect our sexual and romantic needs in media and this through supernatural creatures, preferably vampires. Given a loophole; we get to express our collective hidden desires through monsters. Like Del Toro and Hogan nicely put it; ”Monsters, like angels, are invoked by our individual and collective needs. Today, much as during that gloomy summer in 1816, we feel the need to seek their cold embrace.” (Del Toro and Hogan 373). Even though times have changed, we are still