Wednesday, 25 April 2012

V is for Vampire

Ever since William John Polidori penned "The Vampyre" in 1819, legends of the undead feeding on the life force of the living, generally by drinking their blood has captivated the western world. It is true, as Bella Swan found out, if you Google Vampire you find much older stories of the myth. But it would seem William Polidori took the legends and firmly created the genre we now have.

Bram Stokers Dracula certainly added a popular twist, with vampires being cloaked and sleeping in coffins for many stories and authors thereafter.

As a 21 year old, that has been 21 for 23 years, my experience with vampire movies has seen some changes. I guess my first experience was with "the Lost Boys" in 1987. These guys were too cool to wear cloaks and came across as the cool undead not the cold undead

By 1997 things had got a little more gritty and rough with "An Interview with a vampire" in which an all star cast showed vampires as a pretty debauched bunch.

Some where along the line we started to accept it was okay to be a vampire and still be a good guy. Amid the TV show that was "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" we find Angel and Spike who are more team Buffy than you would expect (1997) This was soon followed in 98 by Blade the son of a vampire who like Buffy, but not as hot, takes on the entire vampire world

Then of recent times Vampires have taken yet another twist, rather than being aides to a slayer they have become the real good guys, they can now go out from the shadows and sparkle in the sun. Cue the family Cullen.

So we see vampires are becoming softies, there is hope for world peace yet !

Which type of Vampire do you prefer ?

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Jenn June said...

Great post! The Lost Boys was one of the first vampire movies I saw too. It rocked!! I remember reading Dracula fairly young and I loved the fact that it was told through the character's journals. It gave me the feeling that I was reading someone's secrets. I also enjoyed the movie with Gary Oldman in the nineties. Even though it didn't exactly follow the story, I thought it was beautifully done. I was late to the Twilight party. I didn't read the books until a few years after they came out, but I loved them when I did. The movies - not so much.

I think I like The Lost Boy's and Bram Stoker's take on vampires best. The soft ones are nice to spend a little time with but a vampire is supposed to be montrous. I enjoy being scared. :)

Nate Wilson said...

I loathe Twilight and its ilk, but their vampires are the ones I'd prefer in real life. The daytime sparkling is a (un)dead giveaway. It'd be like staking fish in a barrel.

John Teal said...

Jenn I think I agree modern vampires are just too soft and fuzzy !

Nate although you would spot a sparkling vampire in the daylight, at least an non sparkling one would be dead in the sunlight ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The first one I saw was the original Nosferatu, followed by Salem's Lot. Those vampires are so creepy and scary.
I also thought the vampires in Near Dark were effective.
Now, it's all about the Kate and Underworld.

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Eliza Wynn said...

Vampires don't have to be completely evil, but they should at least have an evil side. They absolutely should not sparkle.

My favorite vamps are charming bad boys: Caleb Morley, Damon Salvatore, and Spike. They're all very charming, but watch out for their bad side.


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