Thursday, May 20, 2010

Why I don't believe in vampires

I've seen more on TV and read more lately than I ever wanted to know about vampires. I don't see the attraction. Vampires hide what they are, apparently. Yet, according to all the current shows and books, they are found everywhere. They are promiscuous, petty, and evil; or they are promiscuous, brave, and noble; or they change back and forth in character.

The only difference I see between vampires and regular humanity is their blood lust. Yes, pun intended. Yuck, the idea of sucking someone's blood as being a "turn on" makes me want to vomit. Yet, hordes of people follow any book or show about vampires. Of course some people like to play with poisonous snakes.

The reasons I do not believe in vampires are as follows:

1. They couldn't remain hidden in this world full of paparazzi out to break a story first.
2. Someone would start noticing all the people who avoid the sun (and I don't mean the ones with a physical condition that requires avoiding the sun, like those with Lupus).
3. Everyone notices a hickey, so how could people not notice all those neat little puncture marks on other people's necks.
4. A good imagination would come up with something better and more interesting.
5. "Good" vampires is an oxymoron.

All that I've watched and read become boring because the writers can't seem to come up with something new and different and believable, if a person suspends belief. Even with my vivid imagination, I can't believe 99% of what is out there.

No, I don't believe in vampires, and I'm beginning to believe there are no good writers who write about vampires.



Rena said...

I'm not into the vampire craze either. Never had been. The closest I get is watching the original Dracula with Bela Lugosi every Halloween. That's as scary as I get!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Tell us what you REALLY think, Vivian! LOL

I'm just so ready for the vampire craze to end...

Vivian Zabel said...

Gorsh, golly, gee whiz. *digs toe into dirt* I don't know that I should do that there.

Dawn Embers said...

Love how you say exactly what you think. Nicely done.

I'm not fond of vampires. I've tried but I get bored real easy with them. Twilight book? Read a whole 3 pages and haven't picked it up since. Vampire movies? I turn them off because I get bored without a plot that grabs me.

I'm surprised how many people have vampire books either published or are hoping to publish. Seems like 90% of my writing friends has at least one vamp book and even my BF loves vampires.

Then again, I never saw the appeal of shows like Buffy and Angel's show, whatever that was called (maybe it was just Angel, I don't really know). Never appealed me.

Having said all that. I can understand the appeal of something that isn't believable. I love books with elves and magic that doesn't exist in the real world. For me, that's part of the fun in fantasy.

Holly Jahangiri said...

The only vampires I've really enjoyed were the ones created by Anne Rice. They had their own unique personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and philosophies about what they were, why they were, and what they should do about it. They agonized over the religious implications (and they were not "evil" in that many were quite religious when they were "made" into vampires). She fleshed them out, so to speak.

Now, if you just want a lusty romp in bizarre fantasy land (and are over 21), Laurell K. Hamilton's early Anita Blake books satisfy. The later ones start to get a bit tedious (who knew you could overdose on sex scenes and start to find them boring? Oh, wait - Anne Rice did that in her pseudonymous "Sleeping Beauty" series - bleh). It has a market, obviously.

Of course, I don't think every bit of entertainment has to have a moral... ;)

Vivian Zabel said...

The moral I found in my sampling of vampire mishmash is "How boring. I know I can find better uses of my time."