From Hub_115, March 2010.
Is it me or are there a lot of vampires around at the moment? I mean, not hundreds, but they’re definitely flavour of the month/year when it comes to TV, film and books. Recently we’ve had True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, the Twilight series, Let the Right One In, Daybreakers etc. Fine, not so long ago we had Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and then Angel which, some could argue, started the recent revolution along with Anne Rice’s canon.
Just as Buffy was once described as “90210 with vampires…*”, a fair chunk of the recent vampire epidemic appears to be squarely aimed at a certain audience. They seem to be moving away from the horror genre, entering an almost “teen romance” sub-genre of horror. OK, not strictly “teen” but definitely “romance”. Fine, Dracula certainly had elements of a love story therein but it was well and truly a horror novel. I think the scales are tipping away from horror nowadays, though, and I must admit I prefer my
vampires old school or, at least, furthering the mythos in more original ways, like in Daybreakers, than simply portraying vampires as the ultimate in James Dean style bad boys.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I should move with the times and give this new shift a chance. I managed OK with Buffy after a while and these recent tales are, I suppose, logical modern progressions of an age old myth. What do you think of the recent vampire uprising, readers? Comments on our website are always welcome.
* In an industry magazine essay I read whilst at university, sometime between 1997-2000. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find the article since so apologies.