Friday, September 20, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Rose uses the film "Avatar" as an example of how a film can entrance a viewer. The animation and cutting edge technology used creates a virtual, almost real-looking world that without common sense you may actually think it's reality. That reason alone , the mere fantasy that a storyline like "Avatar" may happen one day attracts a large amount of viewers and supporters.
Another example would be the popular TV series " The walking dead" TWD has a massive amount of supporters due to the fact that people genuinely love this fantasy which is the zombie apocalypse. The appearance of zombies , though very unlikely of ever occurring , is able to stir up a hidden , well kept delusion that the " zombie Apocalypse is upon us".
What i do believe, in regards to authenticity , both books and television / film can provide you with facts selectively. books can be fictional as well as TV. Whatever information you decide is concrete is entirely up to yourself.
Don’t Get Stuck in the Matrix, Neo
”Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” (Morpheus, The Matrix)
Frank Rose “The Art of Immersion: Fact or Fiction”
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The following link is for the blogger app. I have an iPhone so I'm not sure how it is on an android. I find the app quick and easy to use. I mean we can do our homework on it so thats fun I guess. Anyway, enjoy
hundred-page thesis on vampires BETTER BE an expert.) I say that because I found him to be quite
open-minded unlike most die-hard vampire fans that have no tolerance for the new vamps on the
block e.g. Twilight. However, he does acknowledge, which is pretty obvious by one of is
illustrations that the
vampires from the Victorian era. It is now replaced with starry-eyed teenage girls who fantasize
that one day her bloodsucking knight and shining armor will come along and sweep her off her feet.
Eric also goes on to name a few authors who have written vampire literature such as Stephanie
Meyer, Dr. Polidori, Sheridan Le Fanu, Nina Auerbach as well as Anne Rice in which he lightly
touches on how each of the authors’ works have manifested into the “evolution of the vampire”
throughout the ages.
In closing I will say that I really enjoyed Eric’s article. One of the things that he mentions in his
article that got me excited was how he likened vampires to serial killers and how they were a
product of society. That really got me thinking how we really need a well written and well directed
prequel. I think most die-hard vampire fans would this and it would give them something to talk
about. I do not consider myself a die-hard van of vampire movies but I, like many others grew up on
Dracula as well and I think it would be interesting to see Dracula as a mortal and learn more about
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Coming from the blog "Vampires and why we love them" by Eric Camarillo's, he explains the fact that vampires are really the best creatures/monster that we have heard or learned about in this history and the history's before us. He tells us as he grew up he wasn't really into Vampires until he did some research on vampires which now made him a vampirologist. He figured vampires would be the most know pick from the other creatures/monsters that people would choose they would like to be, maybe because theyhave powers or they live very long lives. When he talks about vampires to anyone he thinks of twilight which is when humans aren't scared of anymore, they kind of look forward to Vampires or expect to see them, The other is people that hate twilight but don't know much about Vampires. He continues to read, watch movies and learn more about Vampires and he says that Vampires can fit anywhere, as in drama,Science fiction, Comedy, Horror, e.t.c. Eric points out that Twilight most likely reflects on young females because they adore things in that nature but it also send negative messages to them and everyone else who likes twilight.
I think that Mr. Camarillo did a very nice blog, i like how he basically asked us what we would rather be from all the monsters/creatures. He really went through a lot to research about vampires and why we might like them and what are they capable of. Dracula was so popular because it was something new to everyone, people was reading/seeing things they were not used to. Now in days movies and books about vampires are more sexual which is also something new but not scarey, although people still read/learn about it.
Within the book Dracula you see women are viewed as virtuous and obiendent to their husbands ;while men are viewed as masculine .But women tend to use their sexuality as a tool .We tend to read Dracula because the ton of information about Victorian England .Where as many adults feel that the Twilight book sends negative messages to young readers .Vampire literature tends to connect readers into a world of thrill and excitement were deviant desires come into play.
Monday, September 16, 2013
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?!
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.
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!
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.
I feel that Eric Camarillo proved some very interesting points in his blog entry. Being that he studies the subject his ideas intrigued me such as when he was made the point as to which creature you would choose. He said that people appeal to them because of their immortality. I feel this is true because compared to the other creatures you basically have no control of your, lets say other side, but if your a vampire you are fully aware and you do not revert back to primitive instincts. An example is being a zombie, your only instinct is to feed, there is no self control or other instincts not even survival comes into play. A werewolf you do not remember when you are in your werewolf state. Ghost I mean...what can you do turn a light on and off? A Mummy I personally find useless, you moan and take three steps every two minutes. But thats just my opinion. Not only do the powers of a Vampire appeal to us, the idea of the fear of foreigners catches our attention because most of the time people fear something different. If we are not accustomed to it then we are afraid of it. The same with people, foreigners can be meant in the broadest way. It can mean people we do not know or someone new to the neighborhood or an actual foreigner. Because we do not know you and what you are capable of we fear you. As for hypersexual women, we see nowadays that women use their good looks to attract men, please don't take me as a sexist. With the modern day Vampires we portray them to be these goodlooking, fit creatures. The women Vampires usually have heavy red lipstick on. The color red usually holds sexual content in reading. As for feminized men, we see that in this day and age women start to hold more power. We are in a time where a women can be the provider and the men stay at home and take care of the kids. Women are starting to become the ones in power as opposed to the men. We probably are not far from having our first female president. Not to forget that during periods of times there have been female rulers such as Queen Elizabeth and Cleopatra. As Vampires have evolve we seem them fit this "perfect image" that we have for people, such as the men being masculine and strong and having this sort of presence to them. We see women having such high morals and believe how much better they are compared to normal people (not vampires). We also appeal to the idea of women being loyal and faithful to their husbands. Vampires continuous success is due to their ability to change and adapt to the newer generations and them fitting these roles and expectations of society. They are able to continue being used with the same ideas just a different way of portraying it. By changing from horrors to being a romantic story they are appeal to contain different genres which helps draw in different groups of people who enjoy different things. Vampires are able to touch genres such as romantic, suspense, horror, sci-fi and etc. This helps keep people with different interest become connected with their different ways of thinking on the same topic.
Johnathan Harker leaves munich at 8:35pm on May 1 to find Castle Dracula, On his way there he stops in Hotel Royale in Vienna and eats chicken with red peppers which they called paprika hendl. He continues his journey when its very dark outside someone stops the carriage, the takes Johnathan with force and puts him into his to take him to his castle, Johnathan realizes Count Dracula is going around in circles. Johnathan has been there for some days and he realizes Dracula is the one that could of picked him up cause he realizes he doesn't have any servants by Dracula making the breakfast and supper from what Dracula told him, Johnathan has yet to see Dracula eat anything at all but he has he eats when hes out in the A.M but he sees three horrible ladies that wanted to eat Johnathan by the way the licked their lips . Dracula lets Johnathan send out letters to his friends and Family but makes him put a certain date on them, that's when Johnathan starts to try to find a way how to escape. Everyone starts to get nervous when they don't hear from Johnathan, his letters have yet to reach them and that makes Lucy the most nervous because she starts to walk around a lot more than ever. In Dr. Seward's Journal he collects fly's to feed to the spiders he has, they starts to collect sparrows but to finish it off he wants to get a kitten to eat the sparrow. This is something like what Dracula is doing to Johnathan with the 3 horrible ladies, but Dracula couldn't provide Johnathan to the ladies because Johnathan killed Dracula with a Shovel. Mina writes a letter to Lucy about her studying Johnathan words and e.t.c, Mina and Johnathan soon supposed to get married. Luckily Johnathan gets away from Count Dracula but lets see if he can get back with family safe and sound.
I think its a great book but also confusing when it gets to Dr. Seward's Journal. I wonder what Count Dracula does in the morning after he supposed to had made Jonathan's food which is still hot when Jonathan wakes up. Mina is really committed to marrying Jonathan cause she's working hard to learn how to work with him. Jonathan should of caught on to what Count Dracula was doing. I was wondering how did Dracula know that Jonathan was on the carriage and that there was a carriage passing by anyways?
This week's readings in addition to Dracula continue to try to answer the question, "Why do we love fiction?" It's an important question to the study of popular culture, since so much of pop culture influences and is influenced by stories. In addition to these readings, you'll need to chose one about which to blog in relation to Dracula for the day we mean to discuss it. Regardless of which you write about, you need to read both!
For Tuesday, read Eric Camarillo's "Vampires and Why We Love Them" on the blog Literally, Darling. Look especially for his explanation of why vampires have remained so popular for so long. If you chose to blog about this reading, summarize the piece then take Camarillo's explanation and speculate why Dracula specifically might have been popular in its day.
For Friday, read Frank Rose' "The Art of Immersion: Fear of Fiction" in our textbook Reading Pop Culture. If you chose to write about this piece for this week's blog, summarize the article and answer Question 4 at the end of the reading. The last part of the question asks you to use your own pop culture examples to further or refute Rose' argument, for which I expect you to cite Dracula. However, I encourage you to cite other examples, as well!
Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?
Within Chapter 1 of Dracula ; Harker receives a warning from the innkeepers wife that all the evil things in the worlf are out and about ,sothe innkeepers gives him a crucifix for protection .He receives the crufix but doesn’t like the idea of having anything relating to the catholic church because he is Angelican .Later on the way to the mountains he is given small gifts to protect him from the evil eye .Within Chapter 2 Harker begins to ask the count the history of Translyvania .Count mentions the countrys battles and history ,also begins to speak wonders of his family name . A couple of days pass and the count speaks bad of the English life and law. Lateron Dracula tells Harker to write a letter to his fiancé and employer basically telling them that he will stay much longer like a month longer.Harker seems to have feed a undesireable need to please the counts request.Dracula tells harker to only sleep within his own room no were else .Harker sees Dracula crawling through the face of the castle and wonders what type of animal is he ? .In chapter3 Later that after noon Harker had been exploring the castle and falls asleep in a room he sees three beautiful women with sharp teeth .The women approach him having a desire to bite him Dracula appears and warns not to do anything to Harker that he will get to him first. Later in Chapter 4 there is a party were gypies are present harker gives the gypies the letters he had written to mina thinking they will arrive safely. The letters never arrived Dracula later that day discovered the letters and hadsaid to harker that he felt betrayed that he would try and leave . Later that day he also notives that gypies were carrying big wooden boxes outside harker thinks there is a time and chance of escape . In chapter five Dracula promises Harker he can leave the next day but he doesn’t leave at all . Dracula opens the front door there stands some wolves . Chapter 5 Mina and lucy write letters to each other describing their relationships and different locations because Mina lives in England and lucy in westernra . In this chapter background information about mina is being showed she is a assiant school mistrss .Mina tells Lucy that her fiancé is on his way home and lucy tells us about her marriage prospects from doctors to rich men ,but she only has accepted Arthur holmwood. Chapter 6 tells us through a jounal entry that Mina misses her fiancé and she listens to Lucys wedding plans . Also states that she hasn’t heard from Harker and is worried .Steven Kings interepetion of why we crave horror stories does apply to the book Dracula because we all feel the urge and need to read and see horror movies we feel a constant thrill while escaping our own world . He mentions its thr thrill of riding a roller coaster that keeps us wanting more.
The book "Dracula" starts with Jonathan Harker's journal entrees, where he writes about his traveling to the Count Dracula's castle through the Transylvania. At first he's very excited of his journey, however on the way he mets people who are trying to talk him out of going to the Count on that night. He goes without any suspicion of being "trapped." Eventually Jonathan discovers the ugly truth of the whole situation and tries to find a solution of what to do and how to act in the company of the Count "my only plan will be to keep my knowledge and my fears to myself, and my eyes open."
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I feel that Dracula has been such an ongoing popular novel because it seems that it has served as a template for movies or even television shows today. Throughout the book we see a certain style that is used in todays movies and shows. We see that in the beginning before arriving to the villains house or the main destination there is many signs for the main character not to go forward. An example is when Jonathan Harker arrives in Bistriz the people warn him of the night of St. George and give him the cross sign. I feel as though this idea of giving fore warning to the character is shown in a lot of movies/shows. Even though these characters get their warning they still go forward into danger. Another reason as to the popularity of Dracula is because of the constant contrasting effect. At one time everything seems to be good and then the next instant it turns dark and gloomy. An example of this on pages six and seven where on six Harker is describing the environment. He was describing the beautiful colors of the hills and the water and even saw a mountain called "God's Seat". Compared to the next page where its dark and gloomy and using words such as "ghost-like clouds". We see such a sudden change in the atmosphere which sets a certain mood to the reader. One example of this is in the movie Independence Day, Here the movie started off with a beautiful day and then suddenly the city was attacked. The sudden change causes excitement to the viewers, and causes suspense to build questions such a whats going to happen next? Why the sudden change?. All to keep us, the readers interested.
In the reading Why we crave horror movies, Stephen King explains to us why we crave certain things. We discussed about the effect of suspense and how it effects our opinions on the literature/movie/show. We also discussed about why we anticipate bad things and although we know something is bad we still enjoy it. An example is in Dracula, as I am reading this book I find myself thinking geez would you kill him already? All this foreplay and no action is too much for me. Although it would make an extremely short book, Every page I read I am just hoping that something will happen. These thoughts are what was discussed about in class about Why we crave horror movies, Although it is wrong for me to think I still think it and I still read more to find out when Dracula is going to kill Harker.
In chapters 1-6 of Dracula by Stephen King, we read journals of Jonathan Harker who is writing to his
Fiancee, Mina Murray. Jonathan is traveling from England to Eastern Europe in hope to close a sale with a
nobleman named Count Dracula. His journey begins leaving Munich at 8:35 PM on May 1st. Jonathan stays
at a Hotel that Count Dracula recommends him. He then receives a letter giving Jonathan several instructions
on where he can get a ride from a carriage taking him to where Count Dracula will be waiting for him. Just
before departing to the Borgo Pass, an old lady approaches him and asks him " Must you go? Oh! young
Herr, must you go?" She then continues to give him warnings stating that it was the eve of St. George's Day
and that's when all the evil things in the world will have full sway. She begs Jonathan on her knees not to go
or to just wait a couple of days and he still chooses to go because he knows that he has business to do and
nothing can interfere with it. This is the very first example of Stephen King's " Why do we crave Horror movies?"
Jonathan receives a clear warning from the old lady innkeeper and yet he chooses to ignore it and see if the
eve of St George really is true.
Stephen King explained in his writing of " Why do we crave Horror movies" that every human being is naturally insane but we crave horror stories and test our ability to stay on a roller coaster without realizing what we're really doing . We do these things to maintain our ability to stay sane. King uses several examples in Dracula because with Jonathan testing his saneness . On his way to Count Dracula, he realizes that many things seemed off like the people chanting and screaming were-wolf and vampire . Jonathan remains to test his luck by being brave even though he has no idea on who hes meeting and what is up ahead for him.
Jonathan Harker , a solicitor from London is eager to engage a business proposition with his boss's client count Dracula. He first arrives in Carpathians , where he experiences a weary, dreadful vibe from local countrymen directted at himself. though unsure what to make of it he gathers what information he can attain and continues his journey. He travels to Transylvania by way of carriage , where he is later escorted by one of Dracula's men. Harker describes the route as dark , dreaded and eery. The darkness flooded with howls from wolves and screams of freat from the horses. this immideately strikes fear in Harker , not knowing what to do , but to simple endure what obsticle may greet him next.
When he finally does arrive at Count Dracula's manor he is greeted by Dracula himself. Harker describes Dracula as tall , clean-shaven , and coated in black his hands hold great strength but is also cold as ice , "more like the hand of a dead than a living man". (pp.17) Harker also notices Dracula looks particularly young for is age. as he begins to settle inside , it doesn't take long until Harker gets a sense of confinement. he feels as if he is being trapped within the manor. he eats breakfast as well as other things alone. he feels uncomfortable , like he's being studied. dracula's intentions are unclear as of now , though he seems to play mind games , sounding vague and cryptic most of the time. the coversations between harker and dracula seems to leave harker distraught , he finds himself in situations that proves to be a test for his resolve.
The fact that Dracula's has not "shown has hands" yet makes me very eager to continue and find out what happens next. Harker remains on his toes , as I am also.