The Lure of the Vampire
Immortality, Religion and Soul
Just what is it that attracts us to vampires? and why are they popular? Mari Miniatt touched on some good points in her blog post “Why We Need Vampires” on GetFanged.com. To recap: (please read full post for more details)
- Fear of Death
- Accuracy of Burial Rites
- Sexuality & Seduction
- Blood Equals Life-force
- Friend or Foe
I would like to add; Immortality & Religion & Soul.
Immortality and the lure of youthfulness has been sought after by humans for hundreds of years. Wanting to live forever and look good is nothing new. But, besides that, what does immortality really mean? Does living forever give a person time to reflect and understand what being alive is really all about? I think so.
Paranormal creatures, such as vampires, are the perfect recipients for the perils and joys of reflection. In modern times vampire characters range anywhere from heartless to soulful. Either way there is time to ponder their choices and their life. Immortality has given them the longevity to truly understand what they’ve lost and what they’ve gained. It’s also given them a way to right their wrongs or decide they really don’t give a damn. Surely, living for centuries has got to take a toll on you, even if you’re a vampire. People you love, die and then more people you love, die. It’s an endless cycle of life and death. That is, unless they are vampires as well.
Religion and the idea of a soul plays a huge part the lure of the vampire, especially more modern-day versions. At the heart of some stories becoming a vampire was a way to smite God. In Brahm Stoker’s vampire tale, Dracula became a vampire because his wife died. His denial of her death turned into an act of vengeance against God. His reasoning was you let the woman I loved die, so in return I will deny you my life, my soul. Eventually his lack of a soul is what feeds his anger against God. He also turns his rage inward toward himself for making such drastic decision. Some questions come to mind. Does God forgive vampires? Are they soulless? If they are soulless, then who are they in league with? God, the Devil or something in between?
Vampires have intrigued me since I was a teen. The biggest lure was immortality, which in my teenage mind was the ability to decide when you grown old and die, not have that decision made for you. Since then, the wisdom that one acquires after living a long, long time has become a more crucial part. In my vampire stories retrospect seeps into my characters personalities. Yes, they may be monsters. Yes, they may feed and sometimes kill. But, I find when their vampire nature is balanced out with life lessons it makes for a much more interesting and relatable character.
- (V)ampires (staceyarcher.wordpress.com)
- Fat Vampire (nothingbutdollsonstrings.wordpress.com)
- Vampires From Dracula to Twilight (socyberty.com)
- Vampires in Venice (horroraddicts.wordpress.com)
- Russell Solomon : Vampires and Other Blodd Sucking Creatures (russellsolomon.wordpress.com)