Thursday, September 26, 2013

For the Love of Vampires

        Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan collaborated in an article “Why Vampires Never Die” discussing where vampires come from, why we love them so much and why they never die.  Vampire is a word that cannot be pinpointed in time as to how far back it goes, but seems to be something that comes up in almost all cultures around the world. They begin to explain the lust we have for vampires, and how they seem the stand the test of time. “If youth is desired married with unending possibility, then vampire lust creates within us a delicious void, one we long to fulfill.” They state that the promise of something everlasting and eternal has a special allure. And vampires have become more flexible, from Anne Rice’s more pansexual vampires to the current craze of eternal love amongst vampires, here lies the true essence of immortality: being able to adapt.
         In Eric Camarillo’s blog post “Vampires and Why we Love them” he talks about the vampires ability to change, and how this is the reason for the longevity. And their inability to change, the idea of immortality is what makes them so popular. Vampires, more so the people who create them, take the fears and the desires of the time period and use it to their advantage. Camarillo states that now a day’s many and most vampire books, shows or movies focus on the romantic aspect of things whereas years ago the focus was fear. And in Stephen Kings article “Why We Crave Horror Movies” he mainly focuses on the fact that we crave the thrill and excitement that horror gives us. He claims it helps us remain sane and keep it together. Kings believes horror appeals to all the worst in us, and that these are our basic instincts and nastiest fantasies realized.

       I think Eric Camarillo would definitely agree with Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. They both discuss the same points in their own words.  They both talk about how the reason vampires have survived for so long is because of the way they evolve through time and evolve with the popular culture. Although King mostly focuses on horror I feel his ideas are similar to that of the other writers as well. He says we watch horror to find a thrill and we look forward to them as a release. This is the exact reason vampires are still around today. They appeal to us in all ways. Whether it’s the aspect of immortality, whether it’s the romance or seduction, whether it’s the fear, vampires will always catch our attention.  If I could imagine these four guys sitting in a room together discussing their work I don’t see them disagreeing at all. I could definitely see them putting their heads together to create the ultimate vampire.

1 comment:

  1. Not bad, Maria, but you're mostly summarizing :-/ Where's your evidence?