Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Can Vampires Affect your Daily Life?

In the short excerpt Vampires never die, it shows how people react to vampires before and now. In the novel it talks about the idea of a vampire always being relevant and having the same historical background. It also tells us about the vampire becoming more and more to fit our fantasies of a perfect being like in Twilight. The novel makes us think of why this is significant to us because if people actually believe in these mythical creatures some people may also have this slight satisfaction of knowing there are other beings as well. 
We have nightmares about whether or not angels are real and if they are watching over us. We start to wonder maybe these creatures are real but hidden from us because of how our society is formed we can't learn the real truth. Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan theory of "Vampires are the niche  and mutate at an accelerated rate now in the past one would see for decades, at the same variety of fiend repeated in multiple story-lines"(381), is extremely useful because it sheds light on the fact that our pop culture of Vampires stay the same although may vary in psychical features. Although I agree with Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan up to a point, I cannot accept his overriding assumption that "Dracula allowed the British public to believe in monsters"(381). This isn't true because no one is gullible enough to believe monsters in 1897 would come bite people at night. Many people would only believe the hard facts of a scientific research or in front of  their eyes.
 Humans crave emotional attention and without it we may seek it out in novels, movies, video games. I am of two minds about Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan's claim that "Despite our obsessive harnessing of information, we are still ultimately vulnerable to our fates and our nightmares"(381). On the other hand, I agree that based on the information we receive it can affect our fates in the way of possibly choosing a career based on what we think we want in society. On the other hand i'm not sure if Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan realizes we aren't as vulnerable because educated people are capable of deciding what is reality and what is fiction. Fiction will always be fiction no matter what, and it's up to the consumer to decide how they assimilate the medium.  
Things like hallucinations, fear of death, fear of not being accepted in society, public speak speaking, phobias in general are nightmares we may fear when we're awake or asleep. I find the bogeyman alluring because watching it as a kid my mind began to hallucinate this mythical creature coming. Although I don't agree with the experiment they conducted in the movie boogeyman 2 which was exposing corrupt teens to their phobias so they wouldn't fear them, it can cause trauma in the long run. I agree that twilight is a fascinating movie, but disagree twilight would make me fear beautiful people or all mythological creatures. Although some people in different societies already know fiction is not real others who aren't as educated may live in the fantasy world and that can be dangerous for them, only the strong survive both mentally and psychically.


  1. Interesting points here! But I'm not sure that the authors think we can't tell the difference between fiction and reality, so much as that we enjoy blurring the lines.

    Also, you keep mentioning "the novel." Which are you referring to?

    Lastly, good annotations!

  2. why vampires never die is the novel I'm referring to