Thursday, July 30, 2009

Vampires Suck Actually, they don't. And that's the problem.

From Slate magazine

Last week at Comic-Con, the big story wasn't comic books—it was vampires. Some 2,000 young women set up a tent city outside the San Diego Convention Center on Tuesday, sleeping rough so that they could attend the Thursday panel on New Moon, the upcoming sequel to vampire blockbuster Twilight.

It's just another sign of the massive popularity of vampires. Yet, like many people who acquire mega-celebrity, the vampire has developed an eating disorder. Read the books. Watch the movies. You'll see vampires who manage nightclubs, build computer databases, work as private investigators, go to prep school, lobby Congress, chat with humans, live near humans, have sex with humans, and pine over humans, but the one thing you won't see them do is suck the blood of humans.

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DeeDee said...

That article is clearly unresearched and idiotic. If he had watched just one episode of True Blood or cracked open one of the books, he would have seen vamps drinking human blood all the time. As Eric would say, "Idiots."

" Dallas " said...

I don't think it was meant literally i think they were just saying that with Twilight , Angel and even the TB vamps having tru:blood- that vamps have changed from just being blood thirsty creatures to having more of a choice and being more emo about it ...

Kogo Shuko said...

What I don't understand is how he stops before criticizing Anne Rice. He totally overlooked the entire personality of Louis, the ultimate Emo-kid vampire who did indeed drink rat's blood. That was the point of Louis. He hated being such a cursed creature.

I understand the point, but it just sounded like a bunch of ranting to me.

And I like what Charlaine has come up with (maybe not so much what Stephenie Meyer has).

Deb said...

Ugh. Annoying article. Relationships are already complicated; I don't think vampires are going to add any more to that. Meyer's "Twilight" started as a dream, and she's Mormon, so it had to be cleaned up. Still, vampires reflect the time we're in: we're more accepting, more curious. The Victorians of Stoker's "Dracula" demonized everything sexual. Would the author want EVERYTHING ELSE in our lives to return to Victorian sensibilties? I think not. So why vampires?

AS for the term "emo, Goth, velvet-wearing, crybaby vampire spawn": God, he sounds like the kids in my daughter's middle school.