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Dumbing Down the Vampire

Posted by Idalita Wright Raso on June 15, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Is it me or are vampires today not scary anymore? Remember Dracula and Nosferatu?

 

No other creature of the night has fascinated our imagination like vampires. Those blood sucking, living dead creatures have always and will always continue to mesmerize the living, with their sensuality, power, mystery, and immortality. However, today's vampires in my opinion have become too human and have lost their “bite.” 

 

I grew up reading and watching scary-ass vampires. No pretty boys (Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, William Marshall, and Frank Langella—okay, so Frank was handsome back in the day, but you get my meaning), no human angst, vampire academies, diaries, no vampire detectives, councils, rival vampire gangs, or vampires that sparkle, just raw sexually charged, hypnotic bloodthirsty shape shifting beasts.

 

But something has shifted in the vampire realm. Vampires have become soft and emotional. They want to talk about their feelings. Come on! Vampires are the living dead, they don’t have such wamby pamby emotions. They are coldblooded killers. I suppose with all the garlic, holy water, crucifixes, and steaks to the heart, the vampires of today need a tissue to dry their eyes and a little couch time. 

 

“Oh, it’s so hard being a bloodsucking immortal. No one understands me...I haven’t seen the sun in centuries. I think I have seasonal depression. Woe is me. Boo hoo! Boo hoo!” Give me a break! Oh and don’t get me started with Vampire Romance novels. 

 

Why the dumbing down of vampire? I have a theory:

Most modern day books/films about vampires are trying to appeal to teenage girls. But this is no excuse. Keep in mind blood is thicker than water. When I was a teenage girl I loved reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and being scared have to death, not talked down to because I’m a female. Forget that “sugar and spice and everything nice” crap. What are we raising, a bunch of whiny females? Talk about your double standard. Teenage girls like being scared, just as much as teenage boys. It prepares females for life—juggling a career, marriage, children, divorce, sickness, old age, death...Hell, life can be scary!

 

While writing the Eye of Saturn series I tried to stay true to the gothic vampire. Although the storyline also delves into the mysterious world of Saturn worship, I still managed to keep true to the horror, blood, and guts of vampirism.  

 

Let’s bring back the evil, bad-ass vampires of yesterday and scare the "yell" out of the reader.

 

Peace,

©2010-2017 Idalita Wright Raso. All rights reserved. 

 

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