Monday, September 16, 2013

Groovy man a Vampire

Eric Camarillo wrote a blog entry called "Why do we love fiction?" Which talks about Vampires and how it has become such an ongoing popular creature. Eric first starts off by explaining that he is a vampirologist, more importantly he specializes in "Victorian and twenty-first century vampires in English-language fiction." To prove to us why vampires have had such success over the years Eric gives us a choice to choose between a Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie, Ghost, or Mummy. He claimed that most people would choose Vampires over all of these, I myself picked the Vampire. Eric gave various examples of different movies during different times that fit into the "craze" or the most popular topics going on. He goes on to talk about how vampires fits into different topics that appeal to the majority. Some of the topics he talked are "fear of foreigners, of hypersexual women, of feminized men." He also talked about how it shows us some of the expectations we have such as "women to be virtuous, men to be masculine, women to be subservient to their husbands." 

 I feel that Eric Camarillo proved some very interesting points in his blog entry. Being that he studies the subject his ideas intrigued me such as when he was made the point as to which creature you would choose. He said that people appeal to them because of their immortality. I feel this is true because compared to the other creatures you basically have no control of your, lets say other side, but if your a vampire you are fully aware and you do not revert back to primitive instincts. An example is being a zombie, your only instinct is to feed, there is no self control or other instincts not even survival comes into play. A werewolf you do not remember when you are in your werewolf state. Ghost I mean...what can you do turn a light on and off? A Mummy I personally find useless, you moan and take three steps every two minutes. But thats just my opinion. Not only do the powers of a Vampire appeal to us, the idea of the fear of foreigners catches our attention because most of the time people fear something different. If we are not accustomed to it then we are afraid of it. The same with people, foreigners can be meant in the broadest way. It can mean people we do not know or someone new to the neighborhood or an actual foreigner. Because we do not know you and what you are capable of we fear you. As for hypersexual women, we see nowadays that women use their good looks to attract men, please don't take me as a sexist. With the modern day Vampires we portray them to be these goodlooking, fit creatures. The women Vampires usually have heavy red lipstick on. The color red usually holds sexual content in reading. As for feminized men, we see that in this day and age women start to hold more power. We are in a time where a women can be the provider and the men stay at home and take care of the kids. Women are starting to become the ones in power as opposed to the men. We probably are not far from having our first female president. Not to forget that during periods of times there have been female rulers such as Queen Elizabeth and Cleopatra. As Vampires have evolve we seem them fit this "perfect image" that we have for people, such as the men being masculine and strong and having this sort of presence to them. We see women having such high morals and believe how much better they are compared to normal people (not vampires). We also appeal to the idea of women being loyal and faithful to their husbands. Vampires continuous success is due to their ability to change and adapt to the newer generations and them fitting these roles and expectations of society. They are able to continue being used with the same ideas just a different way of portraying it. By changing from horrors to being a romantic story they are appeal to contain different genres which helps draw in different groups of people who enjoy different things. Vampires are able to touch genres such as romantic, suspense, horror, sci-fi and etc. This helps keep people with different interest become connected with their different ways of thinking on the same topic.

3 comments:

  1. I agree. The most feared thing is something different. Sometimes even more fearful than monsters because we expect monsters to be terrifying. It's who they are. But something different, now that's something we don't expect. We fear the unexpected and the unknown more than many other things because we fear the outcome and what it'll bring. I like how you said that.

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  2. Hey, Patrick, my name is Eric and I wrote the post you responded to. You bring up several interesting points. I'd like to point out that the fear of feminized men is really a Victorian fear. For example, the sensitive and self-aware vampire didn't really show up until Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire in the 1970s. This work was published during a time when women wanted more sensitive men--that is, it was published right in the middle of second-wave feminism. It seems almost to be a direct reaction to the 1950s, where men and women had very cookie-cutter gender roles.

    Anyway, I really liked your post. Good luck with the rest of the semester.

    --Eric

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  3. Great observations here!

    But Patrick, does Camarillo's article explain Dracula's popularity in its own time?

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