Thursday, September 26, 2013

Immersing Ourselves in Undying Vampire Fiction

The most recent article we read for class “Why Vampires Never Die” by del Toro and Hogan further support the feelings about vampires most if not all of the previous articles touched upon.

We see many things in vampires that are appealing to us such as immortality. Vampires can quite literally “stand the test of time” they don't die and are impervious to the diseases and sickness that plague and kill us humans everyday. We are enamored by the thought of never dying. How great would it be to not be restricted by time, to disregard the schedules that run our lives and just to live as we pleased? A fantasy to most but, a reality to the vampire. They aren't expected to act with the level of civility we humans are, are not constrained by human “morals”. They can act on their primal urges go where ever they please, do whatever they please and “eat” whomever they please. Vampires do not have to worry about their earthly deeds, weather they are going to be damned to hell or rise to heaven so they can act without any moral consequence. Vampires are like the super rebels we all want to be one some level, they don't follow any rules and don't have anything to worry about.

Camarillo says that vampires stick around because they often cater to the needs we have at that time period. Although the reasons above are all very general reasons why we love vampires, this rings true. King brings the idea that we NEED stories such as these in our lives to give us release of fear and perhaps fascination we are looking for and keeps us grounded in our own reality. This all ties in quite well with what Rose wrote about in “The Art Of Immersion” the escape that fiction offers us. We are tired with our mundane, same thing every day lives and we want to spice things up.

Let's crack open Dracula for example. While fully immersed in the story, we can experience the fear we crave, we can lose ourselves thinking about how amazing it must be to live life with out the worry of illness, death, moral constriction. This ties the ideas of King, Camarillo and Rose together quite well, showing that they have very similar ideas that prove each other correct.

1 comment:

  1. I like that you brought in Dracula, Collette, but I'm totally seeing how you're tying the five authors together. Some quotes explaining how they connect would help.