Hi, this is my fourth post for this meme. These are the first three:
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 3: BLOOD RUSH PRE-RELEASE TOUR
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 2: TWO STAGES OF FEAR & WHY DO WE LOVE MONSTERS?
- MAY MONSTER MADNESS 1: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR (THE FIVE BASIC FEARS)
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Today I’m talking about one of my favourite monsters and the mediums it has blessed.
If you are unaware *and therefore do not frequent this blog) my all time favourite monster is …
Since I don’t know when I have adored vampires. I know, I know, you may be groaning because we’ve all become saturated in these blood-thirsty devils for decades now, but doesn’t that also tell of this legends longevity, of its complete intrigue and wonder?
Well, for what it’s worth, here’s what I think.
They are extensions of ourselves. They are so much more (and less) than us, and that fascinates us. Simple? Not quite. Here are several other reasons why – psychologically – we (I) just keep on loving them.
1. Vampires are loners, but not lonely.
We all long to belong, have faced or feared facing isolation or loneliness or feared to lose a loved one or a lack of connection in the world. We can, therefore, relate to this element. Not just with those smouldering hot vamps we love (and many loathe), but even the evil, ugly fangsters are essentially alienated from the world they inhabit. Aww! Bless.
2. Vampires are independent of life’s confinements.
To live, we need stuff. We need money to buy that stuff. Stuff like a home, clothes, food, transport. Oh and then, we need our MAC and our iPhone, and all those others unnecessary things which seem crucial these days. But, you see vampires don’t need these things. They may need to play at eating, at working, at playing, to merge into society. But they don’t need to work for cash. They either became wealthy over thousands of years or inherited (or thieved) their wealth.
The Salvator’s in The Vampire Diaries seems to have an inexhaustible wealth, as do the Cullen’s in Twilight. Although to be fair to the latter, one of them works as a doctor. But still… they are free from the confines of modern life. And we envy that. We want that. We all dream of being financially free enough not to worry about anything, even if our desire is not to be rich, we wouldn’t turn down that kind of freedom.
Of course, not all vampires live like this. The vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn worked as truck drivers. And they were seriously ugly! So, swings and roundabouts.
I love this movie!
Yep, there are those other kinds of vampire; those scary, ugly, ravenous beasts from hell who care little for anything other than blood. These need little other than your blood! They have lost all humanity (if they ever had it) and they laugh at morality and doing the right thing. The only right thing to them is feeding – on you!
I love 30 Days of Night 🙂
3. Vampires are HOT unless they’re really NOT!
I think I’ve already covered this above (Damon Salvator anyone?), to some extent, but there are strict camps of vampire lovers. The handsome, sparkly vampires camp, or the brutal, hungry vampires camp. I, however, spend time in both camps (coz I can, and coz I love ALL vampires). Quite simply, I enjoy being terrified and horrified, so bring on I Am Legend, but I also love the simmering hunks, those who are dark but yearn for love. It’s a different rush, but both are as relevant to me.
4. Vampires have fangs.
Since Freud, our oral tendencies have been explained. The oral stage can capture some, and they’re said to become addicts or overeaters. Others might swear or curse or shout a lot. Psychologists say that sharp teeth suggest to us an angry person shouting biting comments. 🙂
We might bite in a fight, in a primitive display of aggression, but our mouths and even our teeth are so often sensual. Kisses, nipping, slurp! Fangs are therefore fascinating, even beautiful. And what’s interesting is that mostly, vampires hide theirs. They only reveal them at a pivotal moment. Yummy!
5. Vampires know what you’re thinking… and other cool stuff.
According to Anne Rice‘s description of vampires, “A vampire of sufficient power or age may also unwillingly ‘hear’ the thoughts of all the humans within range of this power, leading to an old vampire saying: ‘If you do not learn to silence the voices, they will drive you mad.'” And who can argue with Ms Rice? Not me.
They might also be able to fly, become a shadow, shape-shift – you name it. Some can even wear a special ring and walk in the sun.
6. Vampires are powerful.
Because of, and on top of all the other attributes, vampires are powerful. Super powerful. And that is both scary AND sexy. They don’t need huge muscles, or guns, or tanks or battleships, either. They command the floor by their mere existence. The once wore cloaks – like super hero’s – but rarely anymore. And they never needed a cloak, like a uniform to transform them from normal to extraordinary. Vampires also have immense healing powers, which means that any injury is short-lived. To many, they are physical perfection. Unless they’re the ugly ferocious variety – yeah I know.
7. Vampires have little to fear.
Unlike us mere mortals, they are… immortal. Whatever you think of them, they do not come face to face with our primal fear of extinction, and that in itself is alluring. They survive, and we want to survive.
8. Vampires care, but mostly about themselves.
This self-preservation holds a peculiar fascination. They can also fall in love, although rarely enough to make it spectacular and epic in proportions. Who doesn’t want epic love?
9. Vampires are sensitive.
Blame Rice for this, as her vampires are all terribly emotional, even sensual. Our romantic notions of vampires originated post-Rice; Twilight, for example.
10. Vampires are bad boys, and all the girls love a bad boy.
You might choose a werewolf or a zombie as your favourite monster. Perhaps King Kong, fey, witch, an alien. But for me (and millions more) see the original and best ever a bad boy, who reeks of danger, is very naughty, and very sexy, is the best monster of all.
Which is your favourite monster? What did you think of The Freaks, The Night of the Living Dead? Are you participating in this meme?