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The social effect of vampires in the media and how their prolific image has altered the cultural landscape.

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Vampires do not sparkle

  • Jul 1, 2010
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I have always been fascinated by the transformation of this creature in history and in pop culture today. It started out that they were something to fear...rising up out of the grave wondering mindlessly to feed. They lived on the underbelly of society, never to be talked about, only feared. They were the explanation when something went terribly wrong in town. They were the scape goats. After a while, they got transformed in something more supernatural, being able to shape shift and turn into mist where needed. They became objects of lust and love and sexuality and power. Now they can walk in daylight hours and sparkle. That I don't like. They should burn at sunlight. Cower back into their graves. Now it is almost acceptable to think of vampires as a sex symbol. They are dark and gruesome. And they have to face eternity. Or the end of the stake.  Which ever comes first.

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July 05, 2010
Agreed. And they don't play baseball either! The vampire did evolve up to becoming a psycho gang of them, or a group of them, bent on the destruction of Man. And only the few like a Van Helsing or a Blade character could stop them. Then Meyer invented vampires who feed on deer and live in the Pacific Northwest because it's always foggy there. OMG!  Bite me!
July 06, 2010
Don't forget that they drive the shiny new Volvo!! Now with more teenage angst! Oh please, gag me with a spoon.
July 06, 2010
Agreed. I think they're having a leave your brain at the door special at my local theater!
 
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Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Like it or not, the "dangerous sexuality leads to death" trope won't go away. Lets keep it sexy! PS. Why is this in "politics"? PPS. Thank you, whoever gave this the Aaliyah icon.
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One of the most popular monsters ever to grace the silver screen perhaps is non other than the vampire. How the vampire has somehow managed to survive in the art world could very well be a great mystery but time has clearly proven the vampires have longevity indeed. No pun intended.      What makes the vampire the most feared yet respected monster in film today? Simply  re-visit the folklores or legend which have been prevailent in some cultures throughout Europe beginning …
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Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from the 1931 film "Dracula"
Since the Gothic literary trend that first established the vampire as a classical villain, the vampires of legend have evolved into media superstars. Today, social outcasts and members of the status quo alike have adopted the vampire as an emblem for their beliefs and turned the once-dreaded creatures of the night into romanticized sex symbols.
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Below is an extensive, although not exhaustive list of links to useful resources for those interested in this subject matter....

Documentaries of interest:
In Search of History: The Real Dracula
Bloodlines: Dracula's Family Tree
Vampire Secrets
The Supernatural: Vampires

Additional DVDs with special features of interest:
Dracula (2-disc 75th Anniversary Edition DVD) for the documentary Road to Dracula
Blade (Platinum Series Edition DVD) for the documentary The Blood Tide

Books of interest:
Lilith: The First Eve by Siegmund Hurwitz

Lilith: The Edge of Forever by Filomena Maria Pereira

The Lilith Monographs: Volume 1: Immaculata by Joshua Seraphim

The Book of Lilith by Barbara Black Koltuv

The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker; edited and compiled by Leslie S. Klinger

In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu

Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu

Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen by David J. Skal

Vampires: Encounters with the Undead by David J. ...
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