Monday, December 14, 2009

The Vampire Craze

I don't get it.... Share


Julygirl said...

I don't get it either and I don't know anyone who does. Historically, the fascination has been around forever except during the time in our culture when we avoided all things ugly and wore white gloves. I think of it more on a Fruedian level as an expression of supressed sexual urges rather than a distorted spiritual fascination of some kind.

Enbrethiliel said...


Vampires appeal to teenagers! They brood, they're misunderstood, they turn their backs on society, they're (allegedly) very sexy, and they look good in black. ;-)

With the exception of Anne Rice's novels, most of modern vampire books and movies are marketed towards the young. Buffy was a show for teenagers, and though it is no longer on the air, the graphic novel spin-offs are apparently doing very well. Blade was also promoted to young people, though, of course, anyone who enjoys Action or is a fan of Wesley Snipes would like it, too. (However, Blade III introduces two "next generation" slayers, who will, presumably, take over the rest of the franchise, should a fourth movie ever be greenlighted.) As for Twilight . . . Sigh!

Even Paranormal Romance novels, which have a disproportionately huge vampire population, target younger Romance readers.

Then there's the idea of the innocent ingenue, traditionally the vampire's victim, being turned on its head so that she becomes the vampire's slayer. There are lots of "tough" heroines in the new Urban Fantasy genre; and it's obvious why a certain segment would find this appealing.

Finally, of course, there's the religious element--but you'd already know that from Brantigny's post! =)