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Are you a fan of vampire genre movies, shows, and books?

February 20, 2018
  • Yes
  • Neutral, neither a fan nor a hater
  • No

Are you enamored with fanged, blood-sucking creatures who roam the night, or does the mere thought make you grab a garlic clove and a wooden stake? From the sultry settings of Anne Rice’s novels to the action-packed scenes in movies like “Blade,” the vampire genre has something for everyone—or does it?

As you consider your answer, let’s sink our teeth into why each response resonates with people. Grab your cape, secure your coffin, and let’s go!

“Yes, I Am a Fan!”

Reasons to Be a Fan

  1. The Emotional Depth: One of the most fascinating aspects of the vampire genre is its focus on existential themes—immortality, love, sacrifice, and, of course, the thirst that must not be named. Whether you’re into Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” or Bram Stoker’s classic “Dracula,” the genre provides an emotional rollercoaster that’s hard to resist.
  2. Cinematic and Literary Variety: From the teenage angst in “The Vampire Diaries” to the gritty realism of “Let the Right One In,” this genre provides a buffet of style and substance.
  3. Social Circles: Being a fan of the vampire genre is like being in a cult, but without the, you know, negative implications. Fandoms around series like “True Blood” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” are incredibly robust. You can always find someone with whom to debate the moral implications of living forever.

Quotes from the Pros

Stephen King once said, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” While not specifically about vampires, King’s quote illustrates the complexity of human emotions and moral dilemmas often explored in vampire genre narratives.

Fun Fact

Did you know that over 170 feature films were produced about vampires in the 20th century alone? That’s not even counting the explosion of vampire media in the 21st century, thanks to the likes of “Twilight” and its peers.

“No, Not a Fan”

Reasons to Pass

  1. Cliché Overload: Some people find the vampire genre saturated with overused tropes—love triangles, eternal youths, brooding anti-heroes—that have overstayed their welcome.
  2. Lack of Realism: It’s tough for some to suspend their disbelief long enough to fully engage with a world full of blood-drinking immortals.
  3. Content Saturation: With so many movies, shows, and books revolving around vampires, some feel the market is oversaturated, making it difficult to find quality material.

Quotes from the Skeptics

Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” mentioned, “I’d rather have a life than a genre.” Though he breathed new life into the vampire genre, Whedon recognizes that not everyone is captivated by these mythical creatures.

Fun Fact

According to a poll by YouGov, around 18% of Americans think that vampires are “overdone and boring.” Clearly, not everyone is impressed with creatures of the night.

“Neutral, Neither a Fan nor a Hater”

The Middle Ground

  1. Diverse Interpretations: This group might enjoy the occasional vampire flick or novel but don’t feel particularly passionate either way.
  2. Genre-Blending: Some vampire stories blend with other genres like comedy, action, or even historical fiction. This mixing can appeal to the neutrals among us who may not want a 24/7 vampire experience but enjoy a dash here and there.

Quotes for the Neutrals

“I don’t believe in good and evil, I believe in right and wrong,” says Anne Rice, a giant in the vampire literature world. Her perspective may resonate with those who find themselves in the neutral zone—seeing value in the genre without being committed to it.

Fun Fact

According to a study by the Horror Writers Association, roughly 23% of Americans have a “neutral” view of the horror genre, which includes vampires. That’s almost a quarter of the population not firmly in either camp!

Movies to watch

These films each offer a unique take on vampire lore, from silent era terror to existential questions to high-octane action to teenage romance. They represent the diversity and lasting appeal of the vampire genre in cinema.

“Nosferatu” (1922)
Directed by: F.W. Murnau
Notable for: Being one of the earliest adaptations of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” this silent film is a classic in horror cinema. Despite being almost a century old, its influence is still felt in the genre today.

“Interview with the Vampire” (1994)
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Notable for: Based on the novel by Anne Rice, this film brought a new layer of complexity to cinematic vampires. With star-studded performances by Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and a young Kirsten Dunst, it became a major box-office hit and remains a fan favorite.

“Blade” (1998)
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Notable for: Introducing vampires into the action genre, Wesley Snipes stars as Blade, a half-vampire, half-human who hunts vampires. The film was groundbreaking for its blend of horror, action, and comic book elements.

“Twilight” (2008)
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Notable for: Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the cultural impact of “Twilight.” Based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, the film and its sequels created a new wave of vampire mania, especially among younger audiences.

Books that can bite

The vampire genre in literature has been equally impactful, offering a wide array of styles, themes, and approaches to the mythos of these fascinating creatures. Here are four books that have left an indelible mark on the genre:

  1. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker (1897)
    Notable for: Essentially kick-starting the vampire genre as we know it today, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” introduces Count Dracula and the intrepid heroes who seek to stop him. The book is a staple in Gothic literature and has been adapted into numerous films, plays, and other media.
  2. “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice (1976)
    Notable for: A modern classic, Anne Rice’s novel revolutionized vampire literature by giving the creatures complex emotions and existential quandaries. It’s the first in the “The Vampire Chronicles” series, and its impact on the genre cannot be overstated.
  3. “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King (1975)
    Notable for: This Stephen King novel is a tribute to classic vampire lore while adding the author’s signature horror twist. Set in a small town in Maine, the book explores a vampire’s unsettling arrival and its impact on the community.
  4. “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” by Charlaine Harris (2001-2013)
    Notable for: Also known as the “Sookie Stackhouse Novels,” this series gained immense popularity and inspired the TV series “True Blood.” The books offer a more contemporary Southern U.S. setting and mix romance, horror, and mystery.

Whatever your feelings about the vampire genre, there’s no denying its impact on American culture. From literature and films to TV shows and even musicals, these blood-sucking beings have clawed their way into our collective psyche. As we’ve seen, there are plenty of reasons to either embrace the vampire genre, shy away from it, or remain comfortably on the fence.

So, what will it be? A lifetime membership to the vampire fan club, a polite “no, thank you,” or a nonchalant shrug? The choice, as always, is yours to make. But one thing’s for certain: this genre isn’t going to vanish into the daylight anytime soon.

By now, you should have enough information to make your choice. Be sure to participate in our poll and let us know where you stand! Just remember: garlic and holy water not included.

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