Vampire Mania - Answering the question posed by Manthy

Why is there such a sudden bombardment of Vampire movies & TV shows?

Question asked by Manthy.

I loved seeing this question as I have wondered the same thing myself. Personally, I love a good vampire write and think perhaps the reasons I love them may be the self same reasons they are so popular currently. First, there is the obvious reason that vampires, by definition, exceed the human condition and are not bound by the downers of mortality.


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As humans, we are destined to part from this plane of existence at some point on our journey though time and space. You may call it death, passing, ceasing to be, taking a dirt nap, sleeping through time, recycling your soul or any of many, many other names but the bottom line is that you will no longer be you as you know yourself right now nor will you be here. Contained in the concept of “death’ are three main points to focus on. Many other sub concepts are contained within the enormity of the idea of death but let us not digress.

First, “death” is seen as a stopping point in the linear progression of life on this plane of existence. There is no more tomorrow, no more fun to be had, no more pain, no more ice cream, no more romance, no more anything that was part of what a soul has known since it entered this plane. For most of us, that is all we have ever known… what has happened to us, what we have felt, thought and experienced since the day our journey here began. The idea of all of that simply ending and being replaced by we don’t know what is more than a little unnerving.

At this point, many of you will be thinking of religious teachings that tell of what will happen upon leaving this plane. I too think of such teachings and believe in them. However, we are human and while we may have faith, we are still weak. We still wonder. We still fear. We still want, long, need something concrete to cling to. Faith is by it’s very nature the opposite of concrete, I.e. an abstract.

I contend that this one lone concept is the foundation of the popularity of the rash of vampire movies, TV shows, plays, books, poems and all around vampy mania. Vampires have a get out of jail free card when it comes to the whole idea of death in most vampire lore lexicons. Even the ones that do encompass the idea of death for the immortal vampire do so in such a way as to make it seem either so far off as to be a non issue compared to a human lifespan or such a violent act as to be avoided by the infinitely stronger than human dark creature.

Secondly, the next sub concept contained within the idea of death is one that is somewhat subtle in nature but I feel valid none the less. It is the idea of halting change. Halting the change of one’s process of ageing, the onslaught of wrinkles, decay, lagging strength and health and possibly a decline in one’s mental faculties. Our American culture has glorified youth and in doing so made ageing seem like a dirty process to be avoided at all cost. Look at the multi billion dollar business that makes and markets products to mask the signs of aging if you do not agree. When one is young and strong the idea of turning old seems so far off, but everyday it gets closer. One day we all wake up, look in the mirror and ask ourselves, who are you? What happened to that person I used to see every morning.

This idea of the constant change our bodies go through is paramount to the appeal of the vampire. Vampires do not age in most vampire lexicons. To the best of my knowledge, the only one that shows vampires aging is J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, which is by the way one of my personal favorites. In her lexicon of vampire lore after about seven hundred years or so the vampire ages and dies. To those of use who tend to live less than one hundred years the idea of being young, strong, good looking and in total control of our minds for so long is appealing to say the least.

Third, and last among the points to be made on the subject of avoiding death, is the thought that when we leave this plane of existence we can no longer affect anything here. We can no longer help our families and friends. We can’t wipe away a child’s tears. We can’t smile at a friend in need. We can’t see the next step a loved one will take in their own journey through this craziness we call life. We become a non entity with zero say in what happens.

Perhaps we will leave many things undone. The chance to finish that story will be gone. The few more hours we needed to get the garden just right will be forever lost. The tiny bit more love needed for that child to finally stand on his or her own will not be given by the one who leaves. I think the thought of getting the chance to “finish” what we humans inevitably leave undone is a large part of the appeal of the myth of the vampire. Such creatures may change from being mortal into something seen as much more or much less than human depending on how you look at it, but, they get a chance to hang out and affect the lives of those they wish to affect. They get to finish their stories. They get to keep learning. They get to have another romance, to share, to love and feel pain, to go on experiencing and affecting whatever or whomever they chose.

Every day our human world becomes a little more scary and uncertain. If you watch the news, read the papers, bounce about the internet or just plain interact with others, chances are you have some important concerns about the fate of humanity. Wars pop up daily and go on for undetermined amounts of time with countless souls being claimed on both sides. Violent crime is on the rise. Unemployment and failing economies are making it harder for many people to simply feed the mouths they are responsible for and keep a roof over the heads they care for. The ever changing and increasingly intense weather patterns of our mother earth are further wreaking havoc on humanities tenuous clasp on what we call safe and normal.

How often in tales of vampires do you hear of such things having a life ending effect on the immortal in question? Chances are you will have to answer this question with a “not very”. I can think of one example in one of Brian Lumley’s tales of the Necroscope where a vampire died, indirectly, as a result of war. He was in his manor when a bombing occurred and became trapped during a fire. He was pinned under enormous weight that even he could not move. In the end, he had a human kill him so that he would not burn to death. Off the top of my head this is the only instance I can think of where a vampire was so effected by the concerns we humans are so plagued with.

In the human world disease is a major threat. Vampires do not get HIV, Hepatitis, or even Ebola. In the human world hunger is a terrible thing. A vampire is seldom hungry unless he or she chooses to be so. There are many, many walking happy meals throughout the planet and said vampire only has to pick one and bite as it were. In the human world, sadly, economic issues, such as the lack of enough money is an issue to be dealt with. In most vampire tales the being in question has been around long enough to acquire a great deal of wealth. In the few instances where one has not, he or she can simply lift whatever money, jewelry and other valuables are upon his or her next meal. In the typical human existence we are often at a loss for enough time to do everything we want to do. Vampires have centuries upon end to reach their goals.

In conclusion, considering what has flowed upon my keys, I am more enamored now with the concept of vampires than I was before. What a lifting of the burdens of mortality it would be in some ways. Would it come with a price? Of course it would, everything does. Would said price be worth paying? I don’t know. Somehow I think probably not.

The Esteemed Hubber Blake4d has an interview with a real vampire hub in which the interviewed vampire stated that any human wishing to become a vampire is a stupid human, if I remember correctly. I think he must be right. Yes, becoming a vampire might allow one to live forever. But what good is it to watch all of your friends and family die before you? What good is it to watch the world you knew change into a culture so far removed from your own as to seem alien? While you might have the time to finish so many things do you really believe that you would run out of new projects to start? And what if you did? How boring would existence be if you had done everything there was to do, learned all that there was to learn? How appealing would the idea of a new romance be if you knew you would have to watch that person wither and die while you remained the same? Worse, what if you changed that person into what you were? Would they remain the soul you feel in love with? How could you ever know?

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Vix

a.k.a.

Rhonda Enrayne

9-11-10

Note: Check the date here. Perhaps it is telling that I write of one who may live forever on the day so many died nine years ago. I can not be sure one is related to the other, then again I can’t be sure they are not.

 

Comments 24 comments

Inkwell780 6 years ago

I agree that too much importance has been placed upon the youth. It is nothing short of idolatry in my opinion. I agree that living long would be great... However why would anyone want to outlive those they love, it seems like a cursed existence to me at best as you have pointed out. I would rather die than live forever and be a miserable wretch that, lets face it kills and wanders aimlessly I would think that one long life would be a tragic antithesis to life. Great hub Muse thought evoking as usual. Little inky, Matt.


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Inky ~ You are the most dedicated reader. Thank you so very much for your kind words and for always taking the time to visit. I look forward to your comments.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

This was really an enjoyable, though-provoking hub. I have no choice but to agree with all your statements. Keep on vamping!


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Martie ~ Thank you for dropping by and for your kind words. I could not quit vamping if I wanted to... I'm hopelessly addicted to all things vampy. (except Twilight) Sorry, don't mean to offend Twilight fans but shining skinned vamps that don't bite... really!


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epigramman 6 years ago

...there may just be too many vampires out there these days - they are everywhere - even under my bed!

Please - let the dead rest in peace!!!!!

And in passing I would highly recommend a movie by George Romero called Martin - one of the best 'vampire' movies I've ever seen - go to YOU TUBE and type in the title - and did I recommend LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - a Swedish vampire movie about children ..


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Epigramman man ~ Oh dear! Vamps under the bed? Remind me to send you a crate of stakes... maybe you need to just hose down the entire room with holy water. Be safe whatever you do.

I have not heard of the Romero movie but I do dearly love some of his others so I will be on it post haste. The other film w/ the children was mentioned to me by another hubber so I will get them both.

Thanks for dropping by :).


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epigramman 6 years ago

...I just checked underneath my bed - she's gone!!!!

a few other films to mention: THE HAUNTING by Robert Wise 1963 - CARNIVAL OF SOULS - early 60's - both in black and white and both awesome - two of my favorites - and THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS by Roman Polanski and starring the late Sharon Tate ......


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Sharon Tate in a vamp movie... considering who killed her this is double scaryboo! O.k.... clicking over to Amazon now to order some movies.

Thanks for the tips :).

Oh yes! Before I take off. Be careful. At least when she was under the bed you knew where she was. She could be anywhere! Oh no! Quick, get a crossbow my friend just to be safe.


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Allan Douglas 6 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

I can not claim to be a vampire fan myself, but I do agree with your assessment of the genre's popularity; many of the world's inhabitants are feeling their mortality right now. This was an interesting read filled with great insights -- as always! Thanks.


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Allan ~ Thanks for dropping in and for your kind words. I am a huge vamp. fan but I think the genre is going to play itself out soon due to over saturation of the market. Of course, I could be wrong.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've enjoyed vampires stories every since I was a boy watching the Dark Shadows soap opera on afternoon television after school with my grandmother. I think part of the appeal of vampires is that they seem so sad. They are reluctant monsters who don't wish to kill to exist--but they do. They are tragic figures doomed to suffer their tormented existence forever--and we empathize with this. Many of us feel we are suffering forever anyway--a vampire simply gives a form to those feelings.

I enjoyed your article a great deal. Vampires have always fascinated me.

Mike


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Mike ~ I am so very pleased to see you here.

I think you may be right about the sadness of a "reluctant killer" being appealing. I too dearly loved Barnabus on Dark Shadows and that sadness was a big part of why.

Thank you for your kind words and happy Hubbing!


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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

Poetvix, first of all thank you for the mention and praise for my interview. You are a darling, and quite the researcher in your own right.

I too am a fan of the Lumley Necroscope series, very well thought out works, at least the first three books to be sure...his take on the old world and new world vampiric ascention of bloodlines is fascinating to read.

And his writing style is hypnotic.

Amongst older literature, I have to recommend a little read and hard to find novel...Melmoth the Wanderer. A gothic novel published in 1820, written by Charles Robert Maturin (uncle of Jane Wilde who was mother of Oscar Wilde).

For those who wish to read something non-fiction ( so to speak in the vampire genre LOL ) - true seekers should read a book - The Vampire : His Kith and Kin by Montague Summers [1928]

And also none can truly be expected to be taken seriously without a fair understanding of the Cthulhu Mythos as presented in the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

But that is assuming the reader is a true beiever.

Movies are many and varied from humorous exploitations of the vampire myth, to hardcore psychological terror fests. But my top faves are Lifeforce ( as science fiction style vampire from space movie ). I really still like the Hunger movie ( more than I liked the W. Striber book by far ). And I have to admit I really loved some of the lower budget movies more than the big blockbusters - Near Dark, Dusk till Dawn, and John Carpenters Vampires ( what each lacks in budget, they all make up for in pure attention to smaller details of the vampire species from a wide cultural perspective ).

And I even was a fan of Buffy for the first few seasons, yes it was commercialized and teeny bop, but that show got more details into its seven plus seasons than whole volumes of other works ever did. And it was on network prime time - go figure.

Love the hub. Glad to have a kindred spirit like you around these haunts. Happy autumnal equinox, and of course...

Keep on Hubbing. Blake4d


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Blake4d ~ First, thank you so much for stopping in and for your kind words.

To have one such as yourself, with such a wealth of knowledge on the topic at hand, stop by is so very wonderful.

I have never read a few of the books you mention so I shall add them to my list, and not at the bottom.

It seems we share the same love for many a low budget film but I have to admit Buffy was my all time fave. I agree that it was commercialized and a teen dream but somehow the characters meshed, the lexicon of buffy lore sought out the obscure and they never shyed away from the hard stuff.

It was great to see you here. If you see your real life modern vampire soon please tell him his interview is treasured by some of us.


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mandyf 6 years ago

I like how you think


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Mandy ~ :) Sometimes I do too, thank you very much for saying. Happy Hubbing!


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know one 6 years ago from Australia

I absolutely love the BDB - it hit the sweet spot, for sure. Nothing measures up to it so far for me. It works for me that in their vampire roles they are rock solid about who thay are and what they stand for - far less angsting about 'why am I here?', even as emotionally damaged as they are. I also like the fact they are so Alpha... although perhaps the BDB females could be more so. I find that in general the vampire state (free of disease and quick to physically heal) is attractive as it gives you time to do things on this earth and time to emotionally heal. The mortal life seems too short for everything I want of and for myself. And I'd like to keep their 'shiftwork' hours myself if I could. I never read or watch anything where vampires are the antagonists.


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Know one ~ It is always nice to find a fellow BDB fan. I too love and adore the series totally because of the brotherhood characters. I have to further agree about "damsel" qualities of most of the female characters save the latest fem, Hex. If you have yet to read the latest edition in the series, do so now! Hex is the strong, assertive feminine character you have been waiting for and OMG Ward really outdoes herself in this one.


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know one 6 years ago from Australia

Read them all - and not just once! The worst 'damsel' was Jane. Hex was totally cool! I'm very 'alpha female' so I have a very hard time with the likes of Marissa et al. Having said that, I did like Cormia very much as she was (imo) the perfect character construct to heal Phury, who (imo) was the superbly written product of a 'poisonous pedagogy' upbringing. No other character type could have done it for him. I really applaud Ward for that one, and that book was a pure joy to read as a result. Did you have a fave brother? Mine was Z, closely followed by V (and with that B as its difficult to 'uncouple' them). I adored Rhev - great arc.


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Know one ~ I too am totally hooked on the series. Rev is far and above my fave brother but I have a soft spot for Hollywood as well. While it's a great romantic series for the paranormal romantic part of it, I love the often humorous interactions between the brotherhood and have laughed out loud more than once.


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know one 6 years ago from Australia

I usually steer clear of romance (the last one I read was set during the siege of Leningrad - I like my romance to come with an edge!). But I am hooked when it comes to adult stories of an anti-heroe's redemption (as opposed to the straight romantic HEA). These stories, as a bonus featuring hot vampires in an interesting world construct, were very redemptive and I think the power of the redemption outweighed any narrative faults (in my eyes). R had one of the best stories in this regard... he had an outstanding character depth. Plus, best phone flirting I've read ;-) Do you know the song "Tears & Rain" by James Blunt? - it seems written for him. Yeah, there were some priceless moments of humour! And for now, poetvix, we must wait for the next instalment...


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poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Know one ~ So sad but true... we must wait. Something I am not fond of I must admit. I don't normally do the romance novel thing either as I find them too predictable, but Ward has created the most lovable heros. The brotherhood comes alive as she writes them and I have been hooked from the first page.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I am in love with all things vampire! I have just read all the p.c. cast books house of night, and then trolled through a few boring and mediocre ones, before discovering the morganville saga, oh my goodness! they are fantastic! I am on book eight! and I can't stop reading them! but I totally understand what you mean, maybe it is the glamour, or maybe the immortality, great hub, really interesting, cheers nell


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Nell ~ Oh thank you! Not only am I a total addict of vampy books, but series are all the better and The Morganville Saga is not one I am familiar with. New series to read!!! Thanks and happy hubbing :)

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