Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Awww, vampires are sweet.

"Smart, cute, spiritual."
"Kind, gentle."
"A safe kind of scary."
"The sensitive undead."
"Bloodthirsty, but chivalrous."

All of these are descriptions of vampires in today's books, film and media. And it's kind of true, right? When did vampires go from looking like this:



To looking like this:


So what gives? Are vampires not even scary anymore? An ABC Entertainment article, Vampires Turn Gentler With Eye Toward Teen Girls, well, blames it on girls. Kind of hard to refute with Mattel coming out with Twilight Barbies...



Or maybe vampires are just evolving, and have been all along. Maybe sometimes they're bloodthirsty monsters and sometimes they are cute boys with pale skin and superpowers. Perhaps it was best said by Eric Nuzum, author of the book The dead travel fast : stalking vampires from Nosferatu to Count Chocula:

"Dracula can't see his own reflection in the mirror because he is a reflection of the culture around him. Ever since Bram Stoker penned Dracula in 1897, the vampire's image has been a work in progress."

Makes sense to me.

4 comments:

gothiclolitamaiden said...

Oh great. Twilight Barbies. Twilight (and the subtle sexism in it) is not the best influence on little girls. After I read Dracula, I was terrified of vampires, after I read Twilight, I laughed. I blame the "taming" of vampires on the vampire romance genre and the overly romantic portrayal of vampires. They don't scare me anymore, they don't scare anyone now. In my opinion, vampires are not evolving, they are devolving into stereotypical roles as "perfect" boyfriends. What about vampire girlfriends?

Gina said...

Maybe that's next!

gothiclolitamaiden said...

Darn, you're right, that will be worse.

Darcy said...

Hey! I am a teen services librarian, and I did a program on the evolution of vampires in pop culture that was similar to this post! YAY!