Our Obsession with Vampires


As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

By Isabella Crane

Even if you aren’t completely Vampire-obsessed, if you’re a teenage girl I can pretty much guarantee you’ve read or watched at least one book/TV show somehow connected to the un-dead.

The obsession with vampires began, of course, with the publication of Twilight, Stephanie Meyer’s debut series that has sold over 100 million books to date. If you haven’t read them, watched the movies, or seen the posters of Kristen Stewart flanked by her two hubbies, you probably haven’t got out much because for the past few years they have completely dominated the teenage world. The Twilight novels are actually pretty good, but since then the whole theme has been completely overdone.

About a year after the first book’s release, Twilight had spawned hundreds of other, samey-samey Vampire-Love books. Ever since then I have not been able to walk past the ‘Teen Section’ in any airport, bookshop or library without needing to stifle a disappointed sigh. Don’t get me wrong ‒ I enjoy a good-looking guy with fangs as much as the next girl, but really, it’s getting a bit excessive. House of Night, Blue Coven, Teeth, Thirst… The list goes on forever. That’s not to mention TV shows like True Blood, Being Human, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, to name a few.

The time has come to say that enough is enough. Yes, Vampires live forever, always look super cool, and drink blood, not water.

Get over it.

Recently, I’ve being wondering what exactly attracts us to these creatures of the night, apart from the obvious ‘I’m-a-dangerous-badass-that-bites’ element that some people find “compelling” or whatever, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is simply because they aren’t human.

That’s it. Vampires are supernatural. They don’t exist, and thus they present a world that’s completely different to our own: a world filled with excitement, blood, cool costumes, and terrifying beauty. It’s the same with werewolves, falling angels, etc. I mean, who wouldn’t pick escaping to that world over boring everyday life, coffee, and itchy, green jumpers?

It’s precisely because we know perfectly well that vampires aren’t real, because they are so totally unlike ourselves, that we take comfort in curling up to read about them, or watching them on TV. If we plug in our headphones, pull the curtains, and find a quiet corner somewhere we can almost convince ourselves that we are somehow a part of that world and somehow like them. It’s the comfort-factor, plain and simple.

But the point is, we aren’t at all like vampires. And it’s time that we realised that.

So next time you’re about to buy that soppy vampire novel, think about it. You know it all already. The Vampire and the human will fall in love, and eventually one will bite the other. Big Scandal; Break Up; Realisation of Eternal Love. The End. So please.

Let’s move on.

Photography: by Taylor’s Wish Photography on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

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