Monday, September 16, 2013

Seductive monsters

     In the article "Vampires and Why We Love Them," the author, Eric Camarillo talks about the 19th century vampires versus 21st century ones and why they are so popular to the crowd nowadays. The author states that "vampire literature didn't just come from nowhere, vampires are the product of our society - like serial killers and carnies." Out society wants to read more and to watch about "seductive monsters" like vampires. Why do we love them so much no one knows the exact answer to this question, but "us," people who are into vampires and this kind of fiction. And one more question goes to the people who hate that genre, why do they hate it if most of them haven't read any of this books?!
    As for me, I'm like the author, Eric Camarillo, used to love vampire literature, sci-fi, and fantasy. I read most of the vampire literature and can say for myself that I like it because it's different from regular, ordinary novels like drama, romance. In reading vampire books I wasn't looking for simple life stories that tent to repeat themselves over and over with different characters in it. Reading Ann Rice's book "Lestat," for example, I tried to travel with that character, I wanted to experience the life of the vampire maybe. What made me read vampire literature is the interest of what people would do if they could live forever, wouldn't it be boring to be immortal?!


  1. I like how you mentioned about vampires being the product of society like serial killers and carnies. It got me to thinking about how cool it would be if there was to be a prequal to dracula, especially one that was a movie.

    1. Actually, there is a kind of prequel to the novel. Stoker wrote a story called "Dracula's Guest." It was originally supposed to be a part of Dracula, but the editors pulled it out. The story is about how Renfield and Dracula meet. There might be a movie about it.

    2. I also think the new TV series is going to play up their relationship :-)

      But what does this post have to do with Dracula?

  2. Hi, Mariya, my name is Eric and I wrote the article you responded to. I think it's interesting that you brought up the notion of traveling with the vampire Lestat. Before Anne Rice, but after Stoker, traveling or relating to a vampire would've been impossible. Vampires were usually cast as the bad guys, not as Romantic heroes. However, before Dracula, in the works of Polidori and Sheridan Le Fanu, characters often sympathized with vampires. The protagonist in Polidori's story, for instance, actually admired the vampire and wanted to be like him--this was, of course, before he figured out the vampire was a vampire.

    I also agree with the notion that people want to more seductive vampires. There's plenty of people who want the blood-and-guts kind, but, at the moment, the seductive vampire is much more popular. This kind of harkens back to the myth that vampires needed to be invited in before they could attack you--that is, there has to be a willingness on our part to be victimized.

    Anyway, this was a great post. Good luck with the rest of the semester.