Friday, September 27, 2013

"Evil Demon Seductress"

Video about the stereotyped "Evil Demon Seductress," who as we have already read, is present in Dracula.



Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

Enough Already!

Response to Why Vampires Never Die

 

Our class assignment over the weekend was to read Why Vampires Never Die by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and then show how we see the two authors relating to Stephen King’s article Why We Love Horror Movies as well as Eric Camarillo’s piece Vampires and Why We Love Them. So Now I am left with the less than thrilling task of BS-ing my way through 250+ words in order to conclude as to whether the authors would be in agreement, disagreement, or  “something in between.” I mean it is vampires for crying out loud. How much of a debate can you really have on vampires? Either you love them or hate them, unless you want to compare the little leeches to the vampires of old (and we all know that is a topic for discussion that will never die.) For the most part all of the authors seem to be open-minded when it comes to the young bloods and even though they are not exactly singing the praises of new vampire literature (though Camarillo did mention he was in a “fandom”, which one I do not know and I would have to exclude Stephen King because his article came long before the Twilight era,) they are not exactly condemning it either.

I can see Del Toro and Hogan being in agreement with Camarill0 regarding the progression and evolution of vampire literature. In the articles Why Vampires Never Die and Vampires Why We Love Them, it talks about the different genres of authors in vampire literature in which Anne Rice and John William Polidori were one of the names honorably mentioned. Del Toro, Hogan and Camarillo acknowledge that it is the vampire’s ability to change throughout the years that has made them so popular. However, I do think that they would have agreed to disagree or would have been somewhere in between in regards to their belief as to why Dracula became such a huge success. Both articles talked about "fear” in different analogies. When Del Toro and Hogan referred to fear it was more literal. In their article they talked about how people, especially the British who were known to be extremely proper, were now allowed to experience “fear and awe.” I think they would have been on the same page as Stephen King, whose article was centered on the “crave and release” concept of fear. In the article King was basically saying that we as human beings crave horror movies because it provides that adrenaline rush that only comes from being scared half out of your mind. In the article he likened the viewing of horror movies to riding a roller coaster. On the other hand when Camarillo wrote about fear, it was more symbolic of the prejudices folks had at the time. It was about fear of foreigners, fear of hypersexual women, and fear of feminine men.

I am curious as to Mr. King’s take on twenty-first century vampire literature. I’m kind of curious as to whether or not he supports it and sees it as inspiration to step his game up being that word on the street is that ‘he ain’t got it no mo’’ But then again, when you have been in the game for as long as he has, do you really need to step anything up? With a catalogue like his there is only one thing to do… Sit back and enjoy the ride

Mario cart

   Have you ever heard the phrase history seems always to repeat itself . I believe that state ment is quite true as early as the Victorian era we have seemed to find the thrill in horror movies and have identified ourselves with the scary vampire.
    In the article why vampires never die ,Guillermo del Toro ,and chuck Hogan gives us a descriptive reasons towards why we are attracted to such character .They state" The vampire transforms our vile mortal selves into the gold of eternal youth  and instills in us something that every social construct seeks to squash ."the idea of that vampires have no social boundaries and moral values draws us to them also the idea they can live forever  fulfills a void within us  like a specific need we have that we would like to fill .The idea of being immortal mind blows us and at the same time gives us a hope . Also in the article Del toro and hogan discuss that the reason Dracula was so popular then and continues to be now. There was so much technology being used the idea of telegraphs and typing machines  at that time it was unknown for there to be such advancement .even scientifically the idea you could receive a blood transfusion was mind blogging . I think that's why Dracula continues to be so popular even now because we are in a time of social and technological change. 

     Connecting  this idea with Eric caramillos article" why we love horror movies" and  Stephan kings article "why we crave horror movies .All three articles share the same foundation that we have the crave  to want to live forever .like. When you play a game of Mario you don't want to always die or fall off a bridge you wanna live and get to the castle and see the princess . Also vampires have no souls so the idea you can live forever and have no feeling or moral sense of your actions fills a void in us .vampires aren't Religious they Rome the world free without a care of the world . Within our society we tend to worry and care what others think of us  . 

It's going to take alot more than garlic to hold Vampires down


       The concept of vampires has been around for so long that its origin in unknown. Its so well know that people of almost all languages have an idea of what a vampire is. But how did these creatures become so powerful and why haven't they died off? Well we keep them alive because they are apart of us. Vampires mirror the human race. They look like us, talk like us, and can adapt to the revolutionizing world.  The main difference between humans and vampires is that vamps have no soul.  And of course they're immortal. Vampires represent the evils within ourselves. They also represent the things we humans desire. Essentially they are the ying to our yang, the fruit to our loops.
        It is no coincidence vampires are often antagonists of stories. They represent characteristics unwanted by society. During the Victorian Era, The British had a fear of foreigners, sexually aggressive women, and men with feminine qualities. In Bram Stoker's "Dracula", Dracula was a foreigner, who turned "good" women into seductive voluptuous spawns of satan. Eric Camarilla hit the nail on the head in his article" Vampires and Why We Love Them", when he said "the fears and prejudices the English held at that time" could clearly be seen. Not only do we see the fears of the time, but also the wants.  By reading "Dracula", readers can easily tell that the English wanted submissive wives, and men who don't show emotions. They also wanted the gift of immortality.
       Who wouldn't want the power to live forever? You'll have the time to travel the world, play every single video game ever created, and even watch trees grow up. Sounds exciting right? In the articles "Vampires and Why We Love Them" and "Why Vampires Never Die", the authors claim we're so intrigued with Vampers because of their immorality.  The idea of never getting old while living forever seems like the ultimate power especially in a society where everything is timed and a person's looks are always judged. Another reason we're drawn to their immortality is because they have the freedom to do what they want when the want. Vampires are always associated with darkness. This implies that they have no religion. And having no religion means their souls wont be judged by a higher being. There is no fear of going to hell.
       Vampires wont die not only because of their immortality but because we wont let them.  They represent the dark part of our souls. In a way vampires has become the scapegoat of humans. All of the undesired human traits are put into these beings. They then represent the taboos of society. Ironically we are the source of their immortality. We keep them alive by putting our unwanted traits into a free will body ready to roam the worlds of fiction. In "Why We Crave Horror Movies" by Stephen King, he agrees that "our emotions and fears form their own body and it demands its own exercise." Vampires will always be here because we will always find an imperfection with ourselves. And we need outlets for those imperfections.
     




Self Reflection, Not in a Mirror but in a Place Least expected.. A Book.

       Let me first say, I am not a personally big fan of fiction books, especially fantasies.  I mostly read non-historical fiction books or anything that is NOT fiction.  I have to say that it really does throws me off knowing that during all this time that i thought and consirered myself a well "educated and informed" reader, i was but most certantly an ignorant.  How little did i know that through fiction so much there is to tell for the naked eye of us; in-depth and hindsight.  That in reality what shows in reflection is our own that portraits the inner-self of humanity and its fast growing civilization, the secret world and thoughts that one dares not to show to the rest of the world.

        In Why Vampires Never Die by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan the perfect example is set.  In their understanding and knowledge of why such an old character is still alive and kicking is because it still portraits the anxieties, insecurities and fears our weak civilization still have even after centuries have passed.  Can it be that vampires are like the angels we seek and need? for their soft bosom and support?

         I personally think that in accordance to Eric Camarillo's Vampires and Why We Love Them and  Stephen King's Why We Crave Horror Movies they are basically speaking the same language.  Why? because in all three articles points out the how related they are to each other and how related we are to vampires and their horror stories.

        In all three articles it demonstrates how our anxious worries and desires are  portrayed  in the fictional characters and their stories. For example,  in Camarillo's and Del Toro the worries and desires that arouse for Dracula to be born were the back-head wish of immortality (and it still is), like how Camarillo said, "no amount of money or social power can protect someone from death".  And as mentioned earlier the sense that through a story, history can be told, well in Dracula we can see that during that time that was written where technology was not as advanced as ours now meant every corner threatened life and ricked of death. 

        Our primal urges like Del Toro said "The vampire may originate from a repressed memory we had as primates. Perhaps at some point we were out of necessity  cannibalistic", and not to forget King's theory of Why We Crave Horror Movies "The potential lyncher is in almost all of us, and every now and then, he has to be let loose to scream and roll around in grass. Our emotions and fear from their own body... It deliberately appeals to all that is worst in us..morbidity unchained, our most base instincts let free, our nastiest fantasies realized..", Camarillo's "Vampires, unlike other monsters, encapsulate the fears and desires the time periods that created them".

           So in a sense that perhaps doesn't make any sense is that we NEED them, that in every age and fiction we can find what people were afraid of and secretly wanted.  As how it was discussed during class of why such entities outbrake the law, morality and ethics and is because he who is immortal never dies therefore he doesn't have to worry about heaven or hell and eventually this entity becomes our heros and we wish we could be them.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vampires are the new "Pandora Box"

    The article that we've discussed "Why we crave horror movies" by Stephen King, "Vampires and why we love them" by Eric Camarillo,  Frank Rose's "The art of immersion: fear and fiction," and the latest one by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan "Why vampires never die" are all related. Although these articles maybe have same ideas about pop culture, how present society immersed in it,  but surely have different points of view on the theme of so popular vampires and horror.
    Nowadays people are so interested in horror movies, films and books about vampires, tv shows of various monsters like zombies and werewolves, etc. That is so strange, it looks like with all this technology improvements people are more immersed in a "web world." We almost always hear us talking about movies, tv shows, monsters and it seems that this is the only themes people are discussing. What has become more important to us? Is it a social networking, technology or just a desire to feel something different, unreal through all of that gadgets? To experience what we can never do or be, the desire of the unknown, dangerous, horrifying and sweet. "We want to be immersed in something that's not real at all." And the vampire thing is a new "Pandora Box" for us, it's interesting, intriguing and tempting. Vampires have changed for our society that knows what we want, they've changed from ugly , scary monsters to a beautiful, sparkling creatures what we would love to invite to our loves.

Immersing Ourselves in Undying Vampire Fiction


The most recent article we read for class “Why Vampires Never Die” by del Toro and Hogan further support the feelings about vampires most if not all of the previous articles touched upon.

We see many things in vampires that are appealing to us such as immortality. Vampires can quite literally “stand the test of time” they don't die and are impervious to the diseases and sickness that plague and kill us humans everyday. We are enamored by the thought of never dying. How great would it be to not be restricted by time, to disregard the schedules that run our lives and just to live as we pleased? A fantasy to most but, a reality to the vampire. They aren't expected to act with the level of civility we humans are, are not constrained by human “morals”. They can act on their primal urges go where ever they please, do whatever they please and “eat” whomever they please. Vampires do not have to worry about their earthly deeds, weather they are going to be damned to hell or rise to heaven so they can act without any moral consequence. Vampires are like the super rebels we all want to be one some level, they don't follow any rules and don't have anything to worry about.

Camarillo says that vampires stick around because they often cater to the needs we have at that time period. Although the reasons above are all very general reasons why we love vampires, this rings true. King brings the idea that we NEED stories such as these in our lives to give us release of fear and perhaps fascination we are looking for and keeps us grounded in our own reality. This all ties in quite well with what Rose wrote about in “The Art Of Immersion” the escape that fiction offers us. We are tired with our mundane, same thing every day lives and we want to spice things up.


Let's crack open Dracula for example. While fully immersed in the story, we can experience the fear we crave, we can lose ourselves thinking about how amazing it must be to live life with out the worry of illness, death, moral constriction. This ties the ideas of King, Camarillo and Rose together quite well, showing that they have very similar ideas that prove each other correct.

Why is everyone so in love with vampires?

          While reading Why Vampires Never Die by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan,  they explain why vampires are still so popular to this day and we they well simply never die.  I couldnt help but think back to the previous readings by Stephen King and Eric Camarillo.  All three articles relate to each other and clearly explain why we love and crave horror films and why vampires never die. 
           Del Toro brings up the fact that a reason why we love vampires so much is because of there imomrtality.  Who dosnt want to live forever? I know i would.  This reminds me of Eric Camarillo's artlicle Vampires and Why We Love Them where he also recognizes how alot of people would chose to be a vampire over any of "monster" because of immortality.  I think Camarillo would agree to what Del Toro and Hogan are saying because they both talk about similar points in there posts.  They bring up how vampires are still apart of pop culture today and have been for so long and although today vampire movies are more romantic, people still want to watch.  Vampire stories have been around for over 200 years and even though we know the story line of sucking blood because we've seen it so many times, we still get a thrill and desire to see these movies or read these books.
       
           Speaking of thrill, in Stephen Kings Why we Crave Horror Movies, King focuses more on the excitement and feeling we get of being scared.  He says "we are all insane inside as humans" and explains how we need and crave this feeling of being scared to keep sane.  Rose says we love these things because we use them to get away or escape from our reality.  The thought of being a vampire and going around at night sucking peoples blood is more interesting than our own lives.   All three articles relate back to the movie Twilight and how romance and sex sells nowadays.  You still have that gore of blood sucking vampires but along with it the handsome vampire hero who falls in love with a mortal and that's what people want to see!


Woah there, Vamps still lurking around?

The reading “Why Vampires Never Die” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings up various points in which we have been discussing in class. Some of these points are the idea of immortality, lust, and this idea of finding an "escape". These points are also brought up in some  other readings we have been focusing on. One reading that we see these points being brought up is Stephen King's "Why We Crave Horror Movies". Stephen King explains this idea that we need horror films to create this sort of release. This release eases our inner dark temptations inorder to keep us sane. Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan brought up the idea of immortality. The reason vampires appeal to us so much is because they're immortal. The idea of immortality cause our minds to wonder about the posibilities. The idea of what if and imagination causes our minds to wonder. In Eric Camarillo's "Vampires And why we love them" he explains how vampires have been a success over so many generations. Camarillo talks about how vampires can fit into different genres that can please our different taste and needs for movies or books. Some genres that he uses as examples are drama, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comedy, and mystery. By being able to please all these genres it helps us to get into our own world or have this escape from reality. This can also be related to another article we read "The Art of Immersion". In this article Frank Rose explains why we become so engulfed into fiction. We need fiction to give us this escape from reality, and to emerge into a different world. If we go into this different world then we can do what we like. The laws and rules of life do not matter we can do as we please. Gravity, death, and righteousness doesn't matter in a fictional world. 

The idea of lust is also an idea shown in all these articles. Vampires nowadays carry such sexual connotations that, although it may not appear obvious it hit us in a subconscious way. The little things are what can trigger off such thinking. In "Dracula" Bram Stolker continuously uses the word voluptuous and uses the color red a lot to describe his vampires. Just when reading the word voluptuous can set of a sort of sensation through us.(at least it does to me :p) Red also is highly used as sexual in the novel. By portraying sexual connotations through vampires it sets a sort of urge and suspense in our thoughts. When we get....."excited" we want to continue on to see what happens next. The lust causes deep thoughts and another type of escape from reality because of all the thoughts that come to mind when reading things such as voluptuous. 

For the Love of Vampires

        Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan collaborated in an article “Why Vampires Never Die” discussing where vampires come from, why we love them so much and why they never die.  Vampire is a word that cannot be pinpointed in time as to how far back it goes, but seems to be something that comes up in almost all cultures around the world. They begin to explain the lust we have for vampires, and how they seem the stand the test of time. “If youth is desired married with unending possibility, then vampire lust creates within us a delicious void, one we long to fulfill.” They state that the promise of something everlasting and eternal has a special allure. And vampires have become more flexible, from Anne Rice’s more pansexual vampires to the current craze of eternal love amongst vampires, here lies the true essence of immortality: being able to adapt.
         In Eric Camarillo’s blog post “Vampires and Why we Love them” he talks about the vampires ability to change, and how this is the reason for the longevity. And their inability to change, the idea of immortality is what makes them so popular. Vampires, more so the people who create them, take the fears and the desires of the time period and use it to their advantage. Camarillo states that now a day’s many and most vampire books, shows or movies focus on the romantic aspect of things whereas years ago the focus was fear. And in Stephen Kings article “Why We Crave Horror Movies” he mainly focuses on the fact that we crave the thrill and excitement that horror gives us. He claims it helps us remain sane and keep it together. Kings believes horror appeals to all the worst in us, and that these are our basic instincts and nastiest fantasies realized.

       I think Eric Camarillo would definitely agree with Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. They both discuss the same points in their own words.  They both talk about how the reason vampires have survived for so long is because of the way they evolve through time and evolve with the popular culture. Although King mostly focuses on horror I feel his ideas are similar to that of the other writers as well. He says we watch horror to find a thrill and we look forward to them as a release. This is the exact reason vampires are still around today. They appeal to us in all ways. Whether it’s the aspect of immortality, whether it’s the romance or seduction, whether it’s the fear, vampires will always catch our attention.  If I could imagine these four guys sitting in a room together discussing their work I don’t see them disagreeing at all. I could definitely see them putting their heads together to create the ultimate vampire.

What Hospital Birthed 'Vampyre the First'

You can go up to anybody today and ask them "What is the most popular vampire entertainment so far?" You may not get the same answer, but you sure will get an answer. The media today is very involved in a supernatural life including, superheroes, zombies, werewolves and most common, vampires. Vampires are the thrill of many shows and movies. Their fluorescent skin and sharp teeth are not the only reason why we cannot control our way around them. A major reason is because they have been apart of us all our life.

Both Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan are believers of the everlasting vampire tales. In Why Vampires Never Die the authors establishes the idea of vampires not only being apart of our time today but apart of our time since the beginning. 

They begin by telling us where the vampire that we know today came from. How John William Polidori managed to create an idea that "vampyres" were both romantic lovers and monstrous creatures. However, they explain that Polidori may have got his idea from past stories that come from many different cultures of many different times. Then Del Toro and Hogan further explain how the idea of vampires has lasted all through our time span - being in movies, soap operas, fiction, etc. With vampires, figuratively, in our everyday life - we start to 'live' through them and embrace their abilities (like moving with quickness, obsessive control over another, and most importantly immortality). 

To compare to prior text based on pop culture, we can see that they are all heading in the same direction. Stephen King's Why We Crave Horror Movies is the idea of how we need to control our inner thirst of danger and Eric Camarillo's Vampires and Why We Love Them illustrates that we express our fears and desires through these blood sucking creatures. These pieces of literature explains that we have kept the ideas of vampires in our society for so long because we essentially need them to survive. Think about it. King's whole theory is that we go to see horrific cinemas and ride heart-aching roller coasters for release. Replace these activities with the idea of vampires. Vampires entering your home to not only suck your blood but to feed you the knowledge you plead about your fears and desires. They explain how outcast are not irrelevant but ignored because society afraid to accept them. Camarillo is tagging along with King saying that Vampires are great candidates to express the mundanes' characteristics because they are the outcast of the world and can relate to the majority of the world who do not "fit in". 

Vampires never die because they are manifested in our minds from start. We are scared to delete them because no other creature can explain who we are without being half animal (werewolves), unable to communicate properly (zombies and mummies) or invisible (ghost). Vampires look like humans and although they are dead, they survive by imitating humans. Vampires and humans relate similarly to where we need each other to survive. So maybe, the hospital that vampyres were first born is the alternate idea of the Garden of Eden?

Vampires: Why we love them, Why we crave them & Why they never die

While reading “Why Vampires Never Die” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan a similar relation was noticed to three other authors Eric Camarillo, Stephen King and even Frank Rose. According to Del Toro and Hogan, their idea of why vampires never die is that we as the audience are fascinated by the idea of immortality.  To never die, to have as long as we wish to fulfill our dreams and goals and to be anything we want at any particular point in time, is what keeps our attention. It is exactly what we as humans wish we had more of. Time is everything to us.

The ideas of these next three authors are similar to the thoughts and ideas of Camarillo in the sense of fears. Camarillo states “Vampires, unlike other monsters, encapsulate the fears and desires of the time periods that created them.In King’s article he mentions that we crave horror. We also crave the ideas of intimacy being ok and there not being any bad taste between male and female. According to Rose, we look for that escape. The fact that we can let fictional ideas and characters help us escape into a world we know we can’t be apart of is what captures our minds and keeps us reading or watching (depending if it’s a book or film). Maybe not when reading Dracula, but when watching Vampire shows or reading books that are new to our generation, we have to admit that it would be awesome to be a vampire! Vampires are very sexual and their actions have no consequences,  who wouldn’t want a life that seems that exhilarating?

I’m most certainly sure the authors mentioned above don’t know each other from a hole in the wall, however it is interesting how they uniquely state their views on vampires. What is even more appealing is how their ideas of these creatures (if that’s what they are considered) all tie together and clearly explain in words why we love vampires, why we crave them and why they will never die. This is something I don’t believe any of us would’ve been able to express had we not read all these articles and discussed it in class. (I know I wouldn’t have ever been able to explain it).




Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BLOOD LUST: Dracula and The Power of Erotica


SEX! Did that get your attention? Well, our obsession with sex is one of the main reasons vampires are always in vogue. Del Toro and Hogan in their article, “Why Vampires Never Die,” claim the erotic persona of the vampire is what makes them irresistible to us humans. Rose in “The Art of Immersion” says fantasies are what we crave and what better fantasy is there than the dashing, handsome, sexy Dracula? He sneaks into your bedroom window on some late foggy night, he crawls into your bed and rips your clothes from your body and feasts upon your naked flesh as he presses his hot hard body up against yours… Hot damn! Sex sells and almost every vampire from Stoker’s Count Dracula to Anne Rice’s Lesat to Twilight’s Bella and Edward has got it in abundance. And when was the last time you saw a bad looking vampire in a movie or television show? A vampire’s immorality allows them to never get old offering us something we all secretly crave: “[lusty] youth married with unending possibility.” The sexual nature of vampires is one of their key selling points and that would probably make perfect sense to King.

In his article “Why We Crave Horror,” King argues horror films allow us to guiltlessly indulge some of our deepest darkest fantasies. What is more taboo and hidden than sex? No matter how liberal society seems to become, our inner freak always remains tightly locked in the closet, at least in polite society anyway. While we might be able to claim that not everyone has a desire for blood and violence, everyone has some sort of a sex drive. Freud argued that our sex drive is the dominant force guiding our subconscious desires. Vampires feed those hidden desires. Their never ending quest for blood mirrors our never ending quest for sex. Who cares if vampires don’t really exist? Rose was right about authenticity having no place in our fiction. We want to see or read about some blood thirsty stud or seductress by day so maybe they can enter our dreams at night to ravish and devour us and come back each night to do it again and again…
 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Class Notes

Today's class began with a short, in-class writing assignment:

Based on your reading of the Introduction to Reading Pop Culture, describe your interaction with pop culture on a typical day.

If you missed class, please feel free to type this up and turn it in tomorrow. But try to spend no more than 15 minutes on it. We'll discuss the purpose of this short assignment, in class, when I hand these back.

As usual, keep up with Dracula according to our syllabus. Also, for tomorrow, please also read "Why Vampires Never Die" by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan in RPC. We'll begin discussing it in class tomorrow. However, for Friday, please post about the article explaining how you see del Toro and Hogan relating to Steven King and Eric Camarillo's pieces. Do you essentially see them agreeing, disagreeing, or something in between, with one another? Please provide some evidence to support these claims.

Since we've already discussed King and Camarillo and will be discussing del Toro and Hogan in class, this should be a pretty strong post--feel free to pull from our classroom discussion here.

Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?

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 that..eh 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.