Monday, September 16, 2013

Sexy Vampire Ladies...secret empowerment?

  Eric Camarillo's article “Vampires and Why we Love Them” was an amazing piece with creative insight and funny visual aids. I'm actually really envious of his astute Victorian (vampire) knowledge. I can only hope I have the privilege to turn my love for vampires and the Victorian era into the super cool title of Vampireologist one day.

He describes the two types of vampire fans he has encountered when it comes to the great debate of Twilight: the twihard or the anti-twihard. Both, he states have a very limited knowledge of vampires outside the fandom if any.
Camarillo then goes on to describe how he delve into the awesome world of vampires and quickly gets to the reasons why vampires have and will continue to be popular. 

One of the points, and maybe the most important, he makes as to the continued popularity of vampires is that the vampire is always written to encompass the specific “needs” of the time period it is written in/ for. This rings true in Dracula because the Victorian era was a very
conservative time period. An example of this would be the portrayal of women in Dracula versus the stereotypical women of the time. Victorian women were supposed to be meek, demure and answer to a man's call, this is not the case at all in Dracula when it comes to the female vampires we meet in Dracula's castle. They are crass, fiercely and unapologetically sexual; their sexuality is even used as a tool of power over men. I'm sure this would've been a shock to most people of the era but Victorian women might have felt secretly empowered by these strong, taboo female characters. 

3 comments:

  1. I think you make some great points with in your summary Caramillo in a way wanted us to look at things within his perspective .

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  2. Hi, Collette, my name is Eric and I wrote the article you responded to. I think you're absolutely correct to bring up the issue of women and sexuality that Dracula addresses. At around the time Stoker published his novel, the "Woman Question" would've been a common topic of discussion. What Victorians called the New Woman was just gaining traction--that is, a woman who didn't need to rely on a man to take of herself. This is not as controversial now as it was then.

    I'm glad you liked the article so much. I found your post equally captivating. Good luck with the rest of the semester.

    --Eric

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  3. I agree with Eric, this is an excellent post! Well done!

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