I've noticed that since the "Twilight" series came into the theaters that many girls, and guys alike, have become big Vampire fans. But, I'm wondering if it's because vampires have become a trend, and people follow trends and what's "in" or is it because Stepahnie Meyer is THAT good of a writer to make people fall for vampires so fast. When not 7-8 years ago, liking vampires was considered "odd."
What are your views on this?
I'd say is just a retarded trend. The only reason all these teens got addicted to the crappy thing is because the writer mixed what I call "woman porn" with a fantasy. A lot of teens seem to be getting into the whole fantasy love story thing. I don't consider Twilight to have "real" vampires, as the original were not sparkling fairies. Just my opinion (:
The interest in vampire stories dates back much further than "Twilight". Popular sources range from Bram Stoker and Sheridan le Fanu, and a whole generation of Penny Dreadful tales, some Hammer Horror films, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles novels, to more recent authors such as Laurell K Hamilton and Tammy Huff.
Annually there is a vampire/goth get-together in Whitby, Yorkshire, for fans of Stoker's book and the genre in general, an event which was established around a decade or more ago.
There are also people who describe themselves as real vampires - for example, the Temple of the Vampire, which is an international organisation.
Yeah, I don't think vampires have really gone out of style in popular literature since about 1816, when Lord Ruthven showed up in The Vampyre. Before that, vampire crazes usually involved digging up corpses and staking/beheading/setting them on fire, so frankly, I'll take Twilight any day!
In literature, maybe, but I'm talking about teens in general. Growing up anybody who liked Vampires or Werewolves were the odd ones out who know one hardly talked to.
I don't like twilight, there's been a lot of stuff that doesn't pretain to Vampires that S.M. decided to throw in there, frankly, it irritates me.
A 107 year old virgin falling in love with a 17 year old girl? No thanks. You can keep your story.
I think twilight was written just to play with money of goth crowd.
I don't think it's just a fad. Maybe this extreme obsessiveness is, but the interest of vampires has been around for a long time. I actually have a hub on the history of vampires, and ancient civilizations had tales of vampire-like creatures, so did people in the medieval ages, and people are still curious about them.
Think about Bram Stoker and Dracula. A trend or fad is a short-term thing. Vampires have been in stories and have interested people for hundreds of years.
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