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The Impact of Vampire Books & Movies on Pop Culture

It’s seems vampires are big business these days with multiple books , movies and television shows built around the lure of the vampire genre.

But after the recent attack of a woman by a man who tried to suck her blood, Reuter’s is asking the question ” what is the impact of vampire books and movies on youth culture” :

The arrest of an American man who broke into a woman’s house and tried to suck her blood over the weekend has sparked discussion about the impact of vampire books and movies on youth culture.

Whether pop culture played a role in the attack remains to be seen, as 19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley awaits a psychiatric evaluation in jail on burglary charges in Galveston, Texas.

Found growling and hissing in a parking lot and wearing only boxer shorts, the pierced and tattooed Bensley claimed he was a 500-year-old vampire who needed to “feed,” Galveston Police Capt. Jeff Heyse said.

Vampires have been a focal point of literature since Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula”. But fascination, particularly among young people, has peaked in recent years with the popularity of the “Twilight” books about teenage vampires and the television series, “True Blood.”

“I think the vampire is a metaphor for the outsider and the predator in all of us,” said author Anne Rice, whose Vampire Chronicles series has captured the imaginations of horror fans since the 1970s.

“We’re all conscious at times of being alone, of being alienated, of being a secret self that fears exposure to the judgments of others. So we feel like vampires,” she told Reuters.

Dr. Thomas Garza, who teaches a course in vampire lore at the University of Texas, said young people might aspire to be like vampires because they cheat death and are able to stay beautiful, powerful, and youthful for eternity.

The modern vampire in popular culture is more attractive, suave, and fashionably dressed than the Old World Slavic vampires, adding to the resurgence of their appeal, he added.

“I would say that it is the Twilight saga in particular that has brought out the younger teen fans. In that connection, Edward is a very ‘safe’ vampire, a kind of ‘starter vamp’ for beginners, if you will,” Garza said.

“He’s pretty, yes, so the seduction’s there, but he’s more than reluctant to act on his and Bella’s sexual desires. He can go out in daylight – and even ‘sparkles’ in the sun, giving him a completely non-threatening character. He drives a Volvo, for goodness sake.”

What do you guys think about the impact Vampires have had on today’s pop culture? Sound off in the comments!

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Source :Reuters via Twilight Lexicon

 

 

 

  • TeamTaycobSoDealWithIt

    What do I think about the impact that vampires have had on pop culture? Well, I haven't been and I'm still not really much of a fan of vampires, but I have to say it's definitely been impacted. You've got the murderous vampires for adults, the “nice” ones mostly for the younger generation (*cough* Twilight *cough cough*), and maybe even some in between. Basically, there are vamps for everyone. When I think of the Cullens, I don't really think of them as vampires because they have personalities that many humans could have. They have feelings and morals and whatnot. They don't even suck the blood of people, which humanizes them even more. But this is what the younger generation likes. We like the nice, good vampires that live in civilization and don't kill people. And some of us even enjoy the adult genre of vampires (you know, the classics and even the True Blood vamps). What I'm mostly trying to say is: vampires are a huge part of pop culture, mainly because there are different types.
    And I loooove this:
    “He’s pretty, yes, so the seduction’s there, but he’s more than
    reluctant to act on his and Bella’s sexual desires. He can go out in
    daylight – and even ‘sparkles’ in the sun, giving him a completely
    non-threatening character. He drives a Volvo, for goodness sake.”
    Ain't that the truth!

  • Amanda

    LOL ^ dead on!

  • NaomiRz19

    Rock on for vampires! :)

  • 4everedwardnbella

    Vampires r soooo awesome ….i'll probabaly like 2 experience  being a vampire!

  • Karhoffer

    I have always been fasinated by vampire movies and books.  So much so, that I have written and published my first vampire novel and book two is ready for publishing.  The problem? I lost my teaching position after 19 years because someone out there doesn't like vampires and my abilities to write about them. Doesn't it make you believe that there are more vicious and worse mortals walking around in our world than the immortals that are portrayed in books?

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