Vampires: Does Staking them Even Work Anymore?
Vampires these days. Remember Dracula? Well-dressed Transylvanian guy who slept in a coffin and only came out at night to drink people’s blood? Those were the days! Nowadays, vampires come in all shapes and sizes. Some drink Bambi blood, others drink synthetic blood. Some have special talismans so they can go out in daylight. others sparkle in the sun!
In fact, according to the WikiHow article How to Write a Novel About Vampires, the only thing a Vampire must do is drink blood.
Good Vampires – An Oxymoron?
Recently, vampire fiction has reached a whole new level of popularity, where Vampires have consciences and are no longer the villain. Some of them are heroes! What’s with these so-called “good” vampires anyway? In my day, we staked them through the heart (or watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer do it and cheered her on!). Then we called it a day.
So why have we made them good… relationship-worthy even? Are we simply fascinated with evil and trying to glamorize it? Or is it the idea of immortality that attracts us? Do we believe that it’s impossible to live forever without a cost (like becoming the living dead and drinking blood to survive).
Vampire Trends Through the Ages
Apparently, Vampires become trendy every now and then. The first big trend was during the Great Depression, when Bela Lugosi starred in the movie version of Dracula. In a way, the Great Depression was its own kind of monster with a human face. People lived in a time of hunger and lack. Perhaps they even felt preyed on in some way.
Vampires became popular again during the time of AIDS, when Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire came out. Blood became taboo. Being able to drink it because of a natural immunity from viruses made vampires seem uber-powerful.
Recently, vampires became popular in teen fiction during the Bush era and the War on Terror. For what could be more vampire-like (feeding on the blood of young men) than war and terrorism? However, teens may just embrace vampires because we portray them as cool and attractive, or as people who seem powerful. After all, vampires can make people do whatever they want. They’re strong, fast, and they never age.
Now, as the US pulls itself out of another depression, vampire fiction is thriving. No longer just the villains, vampires are now both the ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’. We can’t just stake ’em anymore.
Culturally, we want their eternal youth, and special abilities. In these challenging times, we think that if we were faster, stronger, more attractive, or better somehow, we’d have better lives. And if we can’t have these qualities, our undead friends (boy-fiends?) can! Maybe they’ll help us out!
At what cost? All this for a little blood?
Would you negotiate with a predator? Good thing you don’t have to find out, right? Because while we love reading vampire stories, nobody believes in actual vampires anymore.
But, if they were real, and you had a vampire at your disposal, what would you do we do with him (or her!)? Stake ’em or sleep with ’em?
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