Monday, September 16, 2013

Where the interest for the unnatural comes from?

Eric Camarillo, author of the article "Vampire and why we love them," underlines two types of clients that vampire novel's target. The first kind is attracted by the type of vampires, which involve romance and fantasy, such as Twilight. But those people are not very schooled in vampires itself. On the other hand, there are those who value the lifestyle that the vampires carry throughout the novel. However, they do not appreciate as much the twilight theme. In addition, Camarillo mentions that he has gusto for the unnatural, like the Xman and Pokemon. Often the idea to have superpower crossed his mind. Amongst thing immortality call the attention of people, and that is what vampires share with the public. Vampires have the ability to freeze the age in which they existed. During the Victorian literature, vampire novels enlightened the fears and bias for outsiders and sexualy free women and men. Hence, vampires tells a little bit the history of the civilization that lived, whilst the book was written. Many readers find a connection in the reading.

Dracula a book from the Victorian period resembles the habitant's customs and beliefs of the age. For instance, women were supposed to be under the control of men. However, Stoker, the author of Dracula, gives controversial liberties to his female vampires. They are sexualy seductive, which at the time were not well seen in the society. Nowadays, women who read this book can associate their modern well deserved lives with the characters. According to Cammarillo a book should convey something to the audience that nothing else cannot. Probably, that is why Dracula until now has caught the attention of young and adult readers.        


  1. Hi, my name is Eric and I wrote the article you responded to. You mention that vampires freeze the ages in which they existed. That is a really lovely way to put it. It creates an interesting image of the vampire being stuck in time, rather than traveling through it.

    You're also right when you say Stoker gave controversial liberties to his female vampires. Three of the most memorable characters from the novel are Dracula's wives. However, I should point out that he didn't do this because he believed women should have these liberties. Society deemed sexuality in women as evil, and so did Stoker, who was a staunch anti-feminist. To Stoker, the male vampire would've represented the ultimate evil, but the female vampire was even worse. Stoker believed that a woman's greatest destiny was to be a mother and female vampires can't be mothers. Once someone becomes aware of Stoker's point of view, a moral compass becomes apparent in the novel.

    I really enjoyed your post. Good luck with the rest of the semester.


  2. You've got some good observations here, victor, but your summary's a bit all over the place ;-)

    And thanks for the comments, Eric! We'll be discussing them in class today, at length :-)