Why do we love vampires so much? This article was a class assignment, written on October 30 2011.
Vampires, in case you haven’t heard, are a massive deal these days. With Twilight, True Blood andThe Vampire Diaries sinking their fangs into pop culture, it might seem like vampires are inescapable.
There’s tens of tons of theories on the reasons why we love vampires. Is it the immortality, the fear, the ambigious sexuality? It’s been analysed to death (har, har) lately. One of the more interesting explanations I’ve read recently is that vampires play on the fears of conservatives, while zombies (the other big supernatural being of the moment) tap into the terrors of the left.
But this isn’t the first time that vampires have taken over. Back in the 18th century, Europe underwent a period of vampire hysteria. It started in Eastern Europe, where the folk belief in vampires was strongest. Needless to say, these vampires were not sexy like Eric Northman or soppy like Edward Cullen. They were more like Nosferatu- senseless, zombie-like creatures who struggled from their coffins night after night, and drained the blood from people and animals.
Who knows, maybe vampires are yet to come out of the coffin!
For more on the ‘Vampire Controversy’ see: This article on Helium by Maureen Cutajar