Monday, September 23, 2013

Why we have a thirst for vampires

Sir Eric Camarillo wrote a blog entitled, “Vampires and Why We Love Them”. This blog is about humans thirst for vampires, and what it is exactly the reasoning for why we do. Sort of say. Let me better phrase ehm..simply, ‘this blog is about why it is we like vampires so much’. This man has the say so to touch on this subject because he has indeed just came out of a master’s program which he wrote a one-hundred page thesis on our beloved, vampires. He has earned the title of a Vampirologist. His inspiration to write came from an author by the name of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes who published a book she had written at the age of thirteen (wow, that’s truly inspirational).

The writer explains how vampires fit in all genre categories, horror, mystery, and sci-fi of course, but vamps also fall into the comedy and drama categories as well. This is the cause so to why vampires have such an everlasting longevity. Mr. Camarillo mentions countless twenty-first century shows that derive from the vampire ancestry. He also posts a further reading section and links to books at the end of his blog naming numerous modern texts as well as early vampire and scholarly texts. For vampires to have been around for so long and to still be very much relevant to this day, we must like them, because without our like for them they wouldn't any longer be aired as much as they are. The blogs writer types, “vampire literature sells because it speaks to something in readers, something they can’t find anywhere else.This one line alone explains why we like vampires as much as we do. We have a craving for fiction, and all the mysterious or wild events it has to offer. It’s exciting. We all could use more excitement in our lives, and reading such fiction, as of those with vampires, allow us to escape out of the norm and journey into a world of suspense and exciting tales which we might have never even dreamt in our wildest dreams.

Dracula written by Bram Stoker may have been popular in its day due to what sir Camarillo mentions of, or quotes of, vampires changing with every generation due to what we want them to be. The quote exactly from the scholar Nina Auerbach, “every age embraces the vampire it needs.” The revised quote exactly from Mr. Camarillo, “every age manufactures the vampire it needs.” Makes much sense when you look at Twilight being such a phenomenon in today’s society. Twilight being a tale of the fight between werewolf and vampire for the love of a young lady. Our generation is so caught up in love and multiple partners and fighting over love, Twilight stepped in and took that thought a step further.  Young women like it when boys fight over them, gives them a sense of worth that their love is worth fighting for. Twilight takes that notion and turns the average fight for love into something wild and adventurous and risque.  Instant hit among mostly young women. Now writing that to write this, Dracula must have touched upon subjects that were popular in the Victorian era. For they needed a vampire story in their lives to relate to their lifestyles in a way that wasn't exact, but fantasy like. Mr. Camarillo mentions that fear and desires are what vampire literature are teemed with. Quote, “you can read Dracula, a masterpiece of vampire and Victorian literature, and clearly see the fears and prejudices the English held at that time: fear of foreigners, of hypersexual women, of feminized men.  You can also see what they desired: women to be virtuous, men to be masculine, women to be subservient to their husbands, and maybe some orgies on the side.” Those of the Victorian era loved Dracula due to the fact that it played on their fears and desires. For I’m quite sure Lucy wasn’t the only woman in the Victorian era who fancied the thought, “why can’t I have multiple husbands?”. Women may have never spoken or written a word of it to anyone. Fear could have been the reasoning, fear that their people would look at them and their character in a unpleasant manner. Lucy had the guts to write so, thus woman who may have been reading in that era might have been so shocked and excited that someone actually mentioned of such a thought that mustn’t be mentioned of. Things like such I'm sure made Dracula a page turner in the Victorian era.


  1. This isn't a bad post, George. Just proofread for clarity a little more closely ;-)

    1. Thank you. I did notice a few typos here and there. I will definitely proofread my next blog before posting.