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Weird Reasons that I Like Vampires in Fiction

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So, there are a lot of reasons out there why people like vampires. They’re sexy, powerful, etc. However, I would like to say that I liked vampires before the whole True Blood/Twilight/Vampire Diaries phenomena entered into the picture. Why? Because I like a creature that can span the millenia, blend in, and tell tales about it. It’s interesting for me to read about a character who cannot die by normal body degradation. But here are some of the reasons that I like them that are weird.

1) They practically like superheroes–They bridge two of my loves superheroes/comics and folk lore. I find it fun when a vampire uses their powers for good or evil and becomes a hero or villain of sorts. It also intrigues me  because although superheroes and villains are bound by natural laws vampires are not due to being something other than human.

2) Just like in the first season of True Blood, I would like to be able to have an actual “living” being to ask questions about the past. I am somewhat of a history buff when it comes to certain eras. This would allow me to actually hear and catalog actual events from a survivor of the event which is pretty amazing because some events happened lifetimes ago.  In theory, it would be pretty cool.

3) The idea of something that is not human that exemplifies certain human needs and desires. Any vampire in fiction in the past 150 years has feed off blood and been the monster. However, since Anne Rice, there has been a movement to humanize the creatures. We are allowed to see into their world which is something that Bram Stoker or Sheridan le Fanu didn’t do. We see that they need companionship and feel to sometimes higher degrees the feelings of loneliness because it stretches out before them for all eternity.

4) The fact of how their deaths make me feel. If I’m watching a television show or movie or reading a book, I always feel a little sad when an immortal character dies. Why? They will never be able to make more history or influence anything else. They have been found by the “true death” as True Blood calls it. I guess in some ways it makes me wonder about my own mortality and what I might get accomplished in the brief span of life that I have…whereas that creature may have done nothing but maim and cause carnage for its existence.

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  1. So, are you a fan of good vampires or vampires that just plainly take us humans as food?

    therainhouse

    August 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

    • I’m a fan of vampires who aren’t good characters overall. I like Anne Rice’s vampires because they’re fully realized characters. The same with the Charlaine Harris’s vampires. As the books progress, her characters become more fully formed. However, I am not a fan of vampires that try to repress their identity as vampires (The Twilight Vampires).

      barryr22

      August 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  2. I don’t find any of your reasons listed above as “weird,” simply insightful.

    Lady Lazarus

    August 20, 2010 at 11:57 am

  3. I’m just curious as to what you’d think of Melissa de la Cruz’s vampires in the Blue Bloods series. Dunno if you’ve heard of it as it’s for young adults, but i do hope i’ll read about it in one of your next posts. And I’m definitely following your blog from now on! ❤

    jealouscritter

    August 22, 2010 at 2:49 am


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