Once upon a time, a man named Bram Stoker created a monster to terrify through the ages. Dracula was of of the undead- fanged and thirsty for human blood. Based on myths surrounding a real person, Vlad the Implaler, Dracula was the birth of a new legend. So what has mainstream media turned this horrifying myth into?
No longer is the once hated monster to be exclusively feared. With TV, movies and books depicting vampires as something more than meets the eye, the former belief that these creatures are soulless beasts of the night are no longer to be trusted. Now, we see them as a reflection of their former selves.
Personally, I blame “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (the series) for opening the door to give souls back to these blood-thirsty monsters. I’ll give it to the creators, they tried to stay true to most of the myths surrounding the vampire legend, but the human-vampire relationship fascinated people on a weekly basis opening all kinds of doors.
With the wildly popular “Twilight” series, which I am an avid fan of, we were shown just how many liberties can be take with the original myth. The vampires Stephanie Meyer created are the eiptemy of “good” vampires. The Cullens call themselves “vegetarians” and survive off the blood of animals, not so much unlike humans eating the meat. They have no fangs and a stake to the heart won’t kill them. Sunlight doesn’t weaken, burn, or destroy them, but instead reflects off their immortal bodies in shimmering rays of light. Seriously? What is the vampire myth coming to?
The idea of “good” vampires has become an almost go-to story line. We’ve even taken vampires into children’s movies like 2000’s “The Little Vampire” and 2012’s “Hotel Transylvania” Is this because society has so many real-life monsters we choose not to add imaginary ones to our children’s nightmares?
What do you think of the evolution of the vampire myth?