In the article “Why Vampires Never Die” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan they argue why vampires, to this day are such a big part of our pop culture. In the article they explain how today’s vampires came to be, out of John William Polidori twist to an already very old idea. They believe that the vampire may have come to be out of a suppressed primitive memory of a time in which out of necessity humans might have been cannibals. They suggest that the way the vampire myth is so adaptable to all aspects of life, and today’s technology contribute to its spread and immortality. Del Toro and Hogan claim “monsters will always provide the possibility of mystery in our mundane ‘reality show’ lives, hinting at a larger spiritual world; for if there are demons in our midst, there surely must be angels lurking nearby as well” (382) they’re basically saying that people believe in monster to believe that there is something good and divine like angels.
I really enjoyed this article as someone who enjoys mythology; it was an interesting look as to why people like vampires and or things that go bump in the night, in the words of Stephan King why they crave it. I agree with a point they make that “unlike other monsters vampires emphasize what is eternal in us” (Del Toro and Hogan 379) I think this might be a reason why vampires are so popular in our culture because unlike dragons like Del Toro and Hogan explain they are not out to get us.
A cultural manifestation of our “nightmares” that I identify is witches. There can be good or bad witches, in the T.V. Shows, movies I've seen and the books I've read their abilities are usually hereditary, and they seem to always “discover” their powers in a tragic way like the loss of a parent. Their powers in some cases are fueled by their emotions i.e. Bonny a character from the T.V. series The Vampire Dairies gets her magic through her emotions, but when her emotions are dark like anger using her powers become a dangerous thing that can lead to death. I think it’d be interesting to be a witch and have awesome powers, but it has too high of a price to pay.