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the dehorrifying of the vampire

April 5th, 2010 (09:12 am)
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via [personal profile] voske, I learned of [personal profile] yuki_onna's wisdom on the subject of vampires:

The newest trend among vampires seems to be removing any downside at all from actually being a vampire. Gone are the days of Nosferatu or even Dracula--apparently vampires can walk around in the daylight now, whether they sparkle or not (Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight), are universally hot (everything ever), functionally cannot be killed and honestly no one even tries anymore, can see themselves in mirrors most of the time, and can even touch crosses without going up like a roman candle (True Blood). There is literally no bad in being a vampire except for the blood drinking thing, and being a vegetarian who only drinks cow blood or whatever is pretty much de rigeur for your modern vampire.

So...essentially you just live forever, right? That's it. You live forever, are super strong, and smoking hot.

And yet these vampires mope around like this is the greatest burden ever borne by preternaturally attractive man. [...] There is no reason to get upset because you get to live forever while not being hunted to death by righteous men, having to avoid delicious garlic, while also having every girl or boy in a mile radius fall madly in love with you. That is not the curse of the ages. That is awesome.


Exactly.

I blame Anne Rice culture for this: it started out with people who felt isolated and outcast identifying with vampires, but if you're going to identify with monsters you don't want life as a monster to have too many downsides, do you? This is why we have werewolves who control the change, and vampires who don't fear daylight. I maintain this is also why zombies are so frigging popular these days: they're the only unalloyed monsters we've got left. Nobody ever wanted to be a zombie, because zombies are disgusting and repulsive, and *that is the entire point of zombies.*

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Posted by: Cathryn (formerly catslash) (remindmeofthe)
Posted at: April 5th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)

I'm just gonna be the pedantic one who points out that Dracula, as written by Stoker, could in fact go out in the sunlight.

Other than that, I have no arguments with this.

Posted by: A fragment of my imagination (elgoose)
Posted at: April 5th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)

I blame Joss Whedon, myself.

Posted by: beamjockey (beamjockey)
Posted at: April 5th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
zeusaphone rockin'

I was already grumpy about the secularization of the vampire. Now, this.

Posted by: masgramondou (masgramondou)
Posted at: April 5th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
barfly

Well there is always Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International as an antidote. It's total kick ass gun porn where vampires are supernaturally fast evil beasts that need to be hunted down and killed. (Oh and they love being vampires but definitely have problems with things like holy water, sunlight etc.)

I think, to be honest, I wouldn't find that book so cool if it weren't the antithesis of all the recent emo-vampire stuff that yuki-onna so accurately skewered.

Since I found you on LJ because of the "Ghots" review, I should note that while this is certainly not "Oh John Ringo No" there are a few points where a reader of Ghost & sequelae will feel that there are points in common.

Posted by: Sinanju (sinanju)
Posted at: April 5th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)

I heartily recommend John Steakley's "Vampire$" novel--not to be confused with the horrible, awful, no-good movie version.

His vampires are monsters in every sense of the word. Foul, sadistic, murderous, unholy corpses animated by Evil which are nonetheless often horribly seductive. They're terrifyingly strong, fast and tough. They burst into flames in sunlight, or at the touch of the cross, and never ever heal from wounds inflicted by blessed silver, but that often won't save you from dying horribly before they go down.

Posted by: Drooling Fan Girl (droolfangrrl)
Posted at: April 5th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)

The basic characteristics of the vampire comes from crazed people opening a grave and attacking the corpse.

I wouldn't call it secularization, more like sexualization.

Posted by: DarkMark (darkmark)
Posted at: April 8th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)

When I was a kid, back in the Sixties, vampires were *scary*...well, except for satirical ones like Grandpa on THE MUNSTERS. The image I remember was that of a half-shadowed Christopher Lee staring out at you from the cover of an ad for a Dracula movie from Hammer, all eyes and *teeth*... Marv Wolfman sometimes got it right in TOMB OF DRACULA, when he let you know that vampires were the pursuer and you were the pursued, and lots of times, they'd *get* you. Check out Alan Moore's Dracula story in VAMPIRELLA for an example of a really not-nice vamp...it's an antidote to the Twilight stuff.

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