General Fussing About ~ Vampires

So beautiful. So troubled. So excruciatingly dull.

Ok, how much longer with the vampire thing?!

So, are people always just kind of lingering around waiting to see what the next big thing is, vampires came along, and now whenever and whatever the next big thing is people will be lured away . . . and then (of course) become annoyed with vampires and ridicule anyone who still thinks vampires are cool? Or is there something (besides our fickle compulsion to be 'in' on whatever the media tells us is cool) that the current popular interest in vampires informs about ourselves? What is it about vampires, why are they suddenly so cool to so many?

Now, I realize "suddenly" will cause some to alert me to the fact that stories about vampires have been around for years and years - but, while these stories and characters have been around forever, and I enjoyed Hammer Dracula films at the Saturday matinée and still enjoy them with my grandkids, and while there has for some time been a fascination with vampires in subculture metal/goth circles, at least somewhat 'suddenly' vampires are big in the mainstream popular culture.

Is it their humanity? Teenage girls simply can swoon over a pale but male looking vampire in a way they can't swoon over Godzilla or a space mutant? Is it the brooding - perhaps you are the only girl who can bring peace to his troubled heart? Those things, I imagine, are a big part of it with many - but I'm thinking something else . . .


Remember when Dracula actually was cool . . .

What is endlessly stunning to me is this generations interest, desire, even need to be famous. On the singing competition shows the contestants don't want to make beautiful music, they don't want to inspire and uplift others, they don't even want tons of money - they want everyone to know who they are, they want to be famous, they want people to care about them . . . to care about what they wear, what they eat, what they think, etc. And in their blabbering about being known, so many say the same thing 'I'm so special. If America could just get to know me they would love me - I'm a star'.

Not 'I'm talented', not 'here is the thing I can do', just 'I'm a star, I'm special, I should be famous'. So many today imagine that they should be famous for being themselves - generations ago people were famous for some accomplishment, something they did or could do . . . Lindbergh was famous for flying solo across the Atlantic, Ruth was famous for hitting home runs, Crosby was famous for singing well, etc - Lindbergh wasn't famous for just being Lindbergh, Ruth wasn't famous because everyone just loved him so much, and Crosby wasn't famous just for being famous. These men did something, they were good at something, they were famous because of something accomplished.



. . . but the man who, with a noble determination and selfless heroism, hunted him down to end his brutal reign of tyranny over the souls of others was even cooler.

Today, many seem to want to bypass the whole accomplishment thing and get right to the fame part. So, without an accomplishment to merit attention, they simply assert that they should be famous just for being who they are - they are so 'special'. So, not actually doing something but just being you instead of being everyone else means everyone ought to know and care about who you are . . . again, because you are so 'special'. Which means 'special' has become synonymous with 'particular' or 'individual', or, a particular individual. But that then suggests that everyone is special, because, everyone is the particular individual that they are.


What does all this have to do with vampires? They are special too, not every kid at school is a vampire, not everyone has this deep, dark secret that makes them hurt (in a compellingly poetic and romantic kind of way), not everyone has this ancient thirst, etc. I think 14 year old girls today (and let's face it, there are an abundance of 20 year old boys, 36 year women, 54 year old men, etc, who are essentially 14 year old girls) identify with these teenage, pale, attractive vampires because vampires are special, they are not like all the run-of-the-mill people around them. The teenage girl follows the heartache and relationship upheavals of the vampires, and swoons over them, like she imagines all of us should follow her heartaches and relationship upheavals and swoon over her. She thinks she should be famous just for being who she is, because she's so special, and she genuinely believes she would be famous if we all could just get to know her on a singing competition show, or whatever.


. . . and who's to blame for this ugly mess . . ? . . the evil Tyra Banks and Paris Hilton - famous for being famous.

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Regular, Normal Christianity

Preface ~ "The Premise And Definitions"

1. "The Bible"

2. "God"

3. "Jesus of Nazareth"

4. "The Trinity"

5. "Man, Sin, And Spiritual Death"

6. "The Covenant, The Promise, The Covenants, And The Gospel"

7. "The Atonement - Law & Grace" (coming soon)


The Saturday Matinée

"A Previw"

1. "Mysterious Island"

2. "Horror Of Dracula"

3. "This Island Earth" (coming soon)


LOGISMOS

1. "The Seasons"

2. "Why Do We Write?"


General Fussing About ~

1. "Vampires"

2. (coming soon)


Miscellaneous

"The Best Halloween Movie"

"Do I believe in love at first sight? Yes - sort of . . ."

"Leonard - The Best Dog Ever"

"The Most Married Man In America"


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joejagodensky 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Very insightful reflection. We just love to connect the afterlife with this life. (Church especially celebrates that link.)

Your development of identity I find especially interesting. You're saying that it's not what we do but just acknowledge us as the mantra of the young. I suspect that when they start "doing," then the "being" may become clearer. Thanks.


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

Mickey first your portraits are truly stunning and the colour they consistently hold are beautiful.

I have another 5 personas on here and one is named prey. She is a poet vampire. I never read the over saturated vampire crap or watch it on TV, but I love to write as one, it releases energies I find to be healthy for me,

But I gotta say this hub is yet another fabulous written one

thank you


kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

ps as usual

all buttons pushed and blogged


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Kimberly, I'm thrilled - every.any, and all times you look at me offerings here I am tickled beyond reason . . . if your review of them is favorable I am especially delighted, but simply that you took the time - you are such an encouragement to me.

However, now I feel a bit bothered with myself - I just finished fussing on your 'banned' hub about getting feedback from you on some of my more recent hubs. Actually, I don't think I mentioned this one to you, intentionally - I know the current vampire-culture theme is very popular and that many who don't fit in comfortably with the mundane social order find kindred sensibilities with vampire lore, and the very last thing I want to do is trouble you in any manner or cause you to look on me with any discontent.

My own sensibilities are so firmly settled in the 60s - for me, Christopher Lee is the only interesting Dracula, the only compelling Dracula, the real Dracula . . . and, for me, Peter Cushing's Van Helsing is really what the story is about.

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Joanne1225 4 years ago from Central Pennsylvania

I had to read this when I saw the title, "General Fussing About Vampires," wondering what you would have to say.

I've been a fan of Dracula, Frankenstein (I read the book first), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, time travel (Dickens, Wells, Bradbury) & science fiction (TV's "Outer Limits," & "Twilight Zone," since I was young. From the early B&W to the TV series, "Dark Shadows," to Stephen King's books, to the current TV show "The Vampire Diaries," and "Twilight" series (I've read all the books & seen all but the current movie).

The author of the "Twilight" series, Stephanie Meyer, is a very good writer and her books became so popular, that they made them into movies. The stories are good! I could finish one of her books in almost a day. She wrote another, "The Host" - no vampires - that was awesome. (I'm more of a reader than anything.) I've heard backlash from Christians that these are stories we shouldn't read, etc., and that's what I thought your focus was going to be. Honestly, I think it's just a genre that interests many and in today's world, that turns into a lot of "hype," thanks to our media's attention to people who don't deserve attention and to people's odd fascination with the lives of "movie/tv stars, musicians, anyone famous." They constantly bombard us - but that's another subject, Mickey - *hint-hint*.

So there you have it... my confession: I'm 57 and I love the TV show, "The Vampire Diaries," and the "Twilight" movies, as well as the Dracula movies you mentioned. It's nothing more than something I enjoy; there's no hidden meaning behind it and it's one of many genres I enjoy.

Last, the subject of people who think they're special just for being "themselves," is one that deserves to stand alone and, in my humble opinion, has nothing to do with the "Vampire" craze... apples & oranges to me.

I have enjoyed "American Idol" for years and have been so amazed that many of the winners are Christians! I find these young people to be very talented. However, I find that there are many (too many) "reality TV shows" out there that are such a waste of anyone's time, but they continue to make them and many of the people in them are just like the ones you mention. They think they're special, just because they're "them," but have nothing substantial to offer. That's the thing - they're a huge waste of our time. Makes you wonder who's running the networks, Satan? But you left out an important one in your endnote: the Kardashians.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Something about vampires has made it the in thing. This was a fascinating read. I don't think the romance with vampires will ever be over and people will never get tired of the old films. The new ones with blood and gore don't do a thing for me. Passing this on.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa. Author

Joanne1225 - thanks for the comment . . . all comments are appreciated, but it's special when someone who actually knows you (in real life) reads and comments on your work. Thanks.

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