Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What's so special about vampires anyway?

In the article "Why Vampires Never Die" Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan basically talk about where vampires started and why are they so popular today. In the very beginning of the article, the authors point out how vampires came about. One monster was created by Mary Goodwin. They identify John William Polidori as the inventor of the "vampire", and if it wasn't for him "vampires" would not exist in today's world. Del Toro and Hogan assert that "the most widely known vampire was birthed by Bram Stoker. The vampire handed over by Stoker was "Dracula". The appearance of Dracula in a time of great technological revolution is a part of the reason why Dracula is such a success. When Dracula became popular new gadgets were becoming popular as well, for example various forms of communication and blood transfusions. The authors also touched on the ambition for a human to have boundless life. This draws people in because it connects that desire to the public because that is what vampires have. Vampires are also portrayed as a romantic hero or an undead monster. Vampires are everywhere from TV, film, books and also to video games. The vampire is continually transforming as technology develops.

Although i do believe that Del Toro and Hogan, in my opinion, gave evidence that supported the acceptance that "Vampires never die", they could have provided more evidence. What I mean by this is, when the authors asserted that vampires are either undead monsters or romantic heroes, they could have provided detailed evidence where vampires play these roles, because its hard to believe that vampires can be romantic heroes they could have incorporated the movie Twilight for instance, where the vampire plays a romantic hero. Another idea I found interesting was when they said "perhaps at some point we were cannibalistic". The authors say that the creature seems to be as old as Babylonia, how long was the vampire around!?. I also agree when the authors brought up the reason we love vampires so much was because of their immortality. I would love to live forever. Overall, I believe the evidence they provided supports the idea of vampires never dying.

Q #4: A monster I find most fascinating to be are vampires. The common image of a vampire is strong, good looking, and immortal, all the traits anybody would wish to have. They are supernatural. Vampires are often handsome. Vampires are fascinating because they have what we all want: eternal youth, and attractiveness. Vampires are powerful without being extremely muscular, they are quick, fearless, and have cool fangs. To sum it up, vampires are just fascinating figures because they have traits that everyone wishes they had.



  1. I agree with in that they could have used better examples for the different variations of vampires in movies, as "twilight" alone does not accurately give justice to the impact vampires have had in our pop-culture, however, the movie does show how vampires can be seen as both monsters and sex symbols, which is something addressed in the article. As far as the cannibalistic theory, I'm not sure the significance of that in the article, as it seems sort of out of place. I think the author was just trying to emphasize how much the idea of the vampire symbolizes the primitive part of our brain, which acts on lust and emotions and not rational thought.

  2. Good stuff, here! Though I think you're both thinking of "romantic" to refer specifically to love stories. The examples the authors give of Polidori and Stoker's vampires were romantic by comparison to the hideous monsters that appeared in folk lore. But we'll see more of this when we begin Dracula this weekend :-)