<No, this is not a story>
There used to be a time when Vampires were level with Zombies and monsters as gruesome and reasonably terrifying supernatural villains.
The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer has become of one of the most celebrated books of the past decade. Many even claim it to be the spiritual successor of the insanely popular Harry Potter series. I do not understand how they could make such a brazen statement!
As far as I’m concerned, Meyer has succeeded in making a lot of money and also, defacing the legend of the vampire forever.
The neo-vampire image is that of an exceedingly handsome man who is pale skinned and has an ‘enormously seductive scent‘. The modern vamp is a music lover with extremely specific tastes. He can now fall in love and protect humans. And and he sparkles. Like glitter. Like a damned disco ball.
Enormously scary, yes?
The classic ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker defined the vampire genre and the pre-Twilight (2005) vampire. They were depicted as savage surreal members of the undead, with a thirst for human blood.
They could transform (into a bat and possibly anything else) at any point of time, had huge canines, have no reflection and most importantly: They DO NOT SPARKLE. And they do not knock up vulnerable teen girls. Unless they do that for some really horrifying reason. (Also, I do not understand how they can make them pregnant :|)
Vamps used to have an air of classiness around them, transforming from regal individuals adorning coats and spewing charm to rabid and ruthless ghouls draining the blood of their victims; defeated only by driving a stake through their heart, beheading them and stuffing the mouth with garlic.
The present and all generations following may never know the true nature of the classic vampire. Perhaps, they too would stumble upon ‘Dracula’ first and not ‘Edward’.
The world would be a much better place without sparkly gay vamps glowing in our imaginations.
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PS: Even Sesame Street’s vamp was far far better than Ed Cullen. ( http://bit.ly/yPytUe )
Written as an Entry for The Colloquium Blogjam. (Topic: Literature)
Wikipedia (I really havn’t read the Twilight series. Wiki helped me decide not to do so.)