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2-18-2010 @ 11:25AM
Just wanted to mention that Twilight did not originate the concept of Vampires, rather it and other media which are recent basically destroyed a classic horror concept and made them sympathetic, pitiable and even now..lovable. Makes me cringe to see what this sort of thing has done.But what Twilight and other sad excuses for fiction really make people forget are the occult, classic vampires..Pure evil monsters lacking a soul, who often willingly gave it away and are fit only for destruction. They are not lovable, kind or pitiable. Vampires are monsters, pure and simple, that is what they originated in fiction, and that is what should stay as, or return to.
2-18-2010 @ 11:45AM
So you're saying vampires don't sparkle in the sunlight?!mind = blown
2-18-2010 @ 11:47AM
I'm pretty sure everyone knows Twilight didn't invent vampires.I believe ancient vampires are folklore, and the Bram Stoker vampire is only the birth of what we consider to be the modern vampire. I personally think vampires have evolved as a great metaphor in fiction. When originally they were simply monsters, former humans turned into something evil, I believe they've become something much larger than that, more culturally significant. The Anne Rice vampires were a great metaphor for deviant sexuality (a metaphor I believe True Blood capitalizes on very heavily) that capitalize on the dangers and pleasures of balking convention to enjoy a more personalized satisfaction. The Twilight vampires seem to be a strange metaphor for the Mormon religion, more like saints who live in eternal paradise on earth. Saying that fantasy terms can't adapt and grow to the new times strikes me as very narrow- why tell the same story every time? I prefer my Anne Rice vampires to the Twilight ones, but they offer another story, no less valid. I mean, if orcs had to stay orcs the way that Lord of the Rings intended, they'd all be souless killing machines, drenched in the blood of their foes, incapable of understanding shamanism or forging alliances with peoples who weren't set only on destruction. No, I like the Warcraft orcs who I can sympathize with, because they're rich complex characters that say something about the times we live in. Vampires are the same thing.
2-18-2010 @ 3:47PM
Just to throw my dog into the fight: vampires are an archetype of parasitic human beings: those who will take from the community without giving anything back. After all, isn't that what the sexual allure of vampires is? Falling for someone who continually takes from you without giving anything back (except, perhaps, the possibility of teaching you how to leech of society as well.)To that end, the Twilight saga might have a more malicious message than Anne RIce's series did (Ms Rice postulates: why not luxuriate in your greed? Among all this nihilism, you are entitled.) Twilight's message seems to me to be: youth should equate parasitism with power. While the Victorian ethic of denying the individual's desires over England's is hardly any better, I think that there is not enough self-reflection going on with the literature young people consume these days.
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