Bram Stoker would’ve been impressed at the recent developments of the character of the vampire today. After Bram Stoker’s Dracula made its influence throughout the past generations, authors and producers of multiple books and movies/hit shows arose from this build-up of human fascination with the supernatural.
Well, most of us guys aren’t very impressed. In my opinion, we’d like to see more fangs and splashing of blood, tense plots, et cetera instead of vampires that shine like diamonds in the sun, have corny love interactions with worn-out characters, and really do not get forced to sit through Twilight movies with the girls who dragged us along and squealed the entire time of the movie making it inaudible.
So, our question is: Are we done yet with this vampire business?
Heaving a big sigh, and pouting mightily, I say: No we’re not done yet.
From Interview With The Vampire to the current dramas on American television, Trueblood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with the exasperating Twilight novels and movies, this obsession with the new generation of vampires keep piling up. While all these works portray vampires in somewhat of their original form, they have the most boring plot ever. For instance, Trueblood and Twilight focus entirely on a lone human girl in an enviroment of, you guessed it, vampires. The whole thing is redundant and it becomes obvious to viewers that the works are mirror images of each other. Incredibly, it just seems that Twilight is the root of all this. Stephenie Myers stirred up hordes of female fans for her ‘fresh’ plot and basically covered all the previous vampire hits such as 30 Day of Night.
Recently a new movie called Daybreakers came out on January 5th, and is basically about the vampire race being the majority while humanity is the minority due to a global plague that turns people into vampires. The remnants of humanity left are forced to fight for their survival and are targeted for the harvestation of blood for the vampires’ survival.
Seriously, Blade much? Still I must admit that Daybreakers at least breaks away from this sissy vampire hype. It hasn’t garnered much attention in terms of profit-wise/audience-wise compared to the Twilight movies, so it’s expected that this fragile plant of hope is buried by the last movie of the Twilight trilogy along with the other vampire shows…
Although ideas of the supernatural tend to change over the centuries such as the zombie from the voodoo origins to the fast, teeming hordes of zombies brought upon by infection in modern forms such as Left 4 Dead 2 and Dawn of the Dead (Romero), it is startingly different (and better(much much better)) from the change of vampires in terms of plots, characteristics, and media.