Probably you’re bored of listening teenagers talking about vampires but the question is: why they’re so charming and why they have conquered so many people in the past?
I’ve read something interesting on wikipedia:
In modern fiction, the vampire tends to be depicted as a suave, charismatic villain. Despite the general disbelief in vampiric entities, occasional sightings of vampires are reported. Indeed, vampire hunting societies still exist, although they are largely formed for social reasons. Allegations of vampire attacks swept through the African country of Malawi during late 2002 and early 2003, with mobs stoning one individual to death and attacking at least four others, including Governor Eric Chiwaya, based on the belief that the government was colluding with vampires.
In early 1970 local press spread rumors that a vampire haunted Highgate Cemetery in London. Amateur vampire hunters flocked in large numbers to the cemetery. Several books have been written about the case, notably by Sean Manchester, a local man who was among the first to suggest the existence of the “Highgate Vampire” and who later claimed to have exorcised and destroyed a whole nest of vampires in the area. In January 2005, rumours circulated that an attacker had bitten a number of people in Birmingham, England, fuelling concerns about a vampire roaming the streets. However, local police stated that no such crime had been reported and that the case appears to be an urban legend.
In one of the more notable cases of vampiric entities in the modern age, the chupacabra (“goat-sucker”) of Puerto Rico and Mexico is said to be a creature that feeds upon the flesh or drinks the blood of domesticated animals, leading some to consider it a kind of vampire. The “chupacabra hysteria” was frequently associated with deep economic and political crises, particularly during the mid-1990s.
In Europe, where much of the vampire folklore originates, the vampire is considered a fictitious being, although many communities have embraced the revenant for economic purposes. In some cases, especially in small localities, vampire superstition is still rampant and sightings or claims of vampire attacks occur frequently. In Romania during February 2004, several relatives of Toma Petre feared that he had become a vampire. They dug up his corpse, tore out his heart, burned it, and mixed the ashes with water in order to drink it.
Vampirism also represents a relevant part of modern day’s occultist movements. The mythos of the vampire, his magickal qualities, allure, and predatory archetype express a strong symbolism that can be used in ritual, energy work, and magick, and can even be adopted as a spiritual system. The vampire has been part of the occult society in Europe for centuries and has spread into the American sub-culture as well for more than a decade, being strongly influenced by and mixed with the neo gothic aesthetics.
I don’t believe in supernatural creatures because I’m too rational but I’ve always been fascinated by legends because I think they are part of the history of a country and they’re also quite funny to read. The most important thing is to not take them too seriously.
To tell the truth I know some vampires… mosquitos! They’re probably the most annoying animals of the world!
But why they’re so charming? Well, just read one book or watch a film about them… they’re always beautiful and strong! Beauty and strength are attractive and they’re philosophic ideals since philosophy was born.
Ooh what a philosophical attitude! My teacher will be happy… lol.
Now… talking about hot vampires (sorry only males)… these are my favourite:
1# Edward Cullen (thanks Stephenie Meyer)
I like him because he’s handsome, gentle, cultered, traditionalist and sensitive.
I decided as long as I was going to hell, I might as well do it thoroughly.
Edward Cullen, Twilight, Chapter 5, p.87
2# Eric Northman (thanks Charlaine Harris)
I like him because is Edward opposite. He’s strong, bad (not always), sexy, handsome and ironic.
Fav quote (this is was really funny if you read the book):
Angelic Sookie, vision of love and beauty, I am prostrate that the wicked evil maenad violated your smooth and voluptuous body, in an attempt to deliver a message to me.
Eric Northman, Living Dead in Dallas
I promise this is my last post about vampires… mmm
(just joking… I’m not able to do that, but I don’t want to be boring)