Monday, September 16, 2013

Vampires are Just Not Scary Anymore

          In the article "Vampires and Why We Love Them" by Eric Camarillo, Eric begins explaining why vampires were such a popular creature and why they are even to this day.  Eric is a vampirologist who's specialties are the Victorian and twenty-first century.  He tells us how when he was just eight years old he stared becoming interested in vampires and was even one for Halloween that year.  Eric says he believes with a choice of vampires, zombies, ghosts, or mummies, many people would be willing to choose to be a vampire. Why? Because of immortality.  The fact that you can live through centuries and centuries of time, is absoloutley amazing to witness.  Eric mentions different movies where vampires are in and shows us how once a gory horror show we used to be scared to watch, is now more on the sexual and romantic side with very slight gore.
          It's funny because if I were to choose from that list, I would want to be a vampire just so I could live forever.  "Dracula" was more popular back then because people were reading alot of things they were not used to and so this was exciting for them.  This book about a blood sucking vampire was very new to them and so they wanted to see what it was all about.  The sexual content was new and it made people want to read.   Therefore nowadays vampires don't come off as scary anymore. There's more romance than gore and were not afraid of the pale strong man, were attracted to him!

3 comments:

  1. Hi, Amanda, my name is Eric and I wrote the article you responded to. First, you're absolutely right when you say Dracula was different from other stuff the Victorian British would've read. Stoker wrote about vampires in a way no one before him really had. However, it's important to remember that Stoker wasn't the first one to write a vampire novel--not by a long shot. Dr. John Polidori wrote the first English-language vampire story in 1819 and created a "formula" of an aristocratic and mysterious vampire that persists even now.

    Sexuality wasn't that new, either, although it was definitely taboo. However, gothic fiction often relied on sexual imagery, metaphors, and sensational (outrageous) events to attract readers.

    I think it's interesting that you said you'd be a vampire so you could be immortal. I made my assertion because the vampire, out of all the creatures listed, would physically remain the same. However, you're correct in saying that immortality is a huge draw. As much as I hate making grand assumptions, it really seems like people have been chasing immortality in one form or another since the beginning of civilization.

    Great post. Good luck with the rest of the semester.

    --Eric

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  2. Excellent post, Amanda! What Eric said ;-)

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  3. I agree, vampires nowadays are not scary anymore, they have changed. Vampires in the 19th century were more graceful, "luxurious," and powerful in a scary way. But now, vampires sparkle on the sun))) They are not the creatures we know so well, they are different and created in that way to attract the audience, not to scare. And we all know who that audience is, it the young females mostly.

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