Since the late 19th century, the public has been obsessed with vampires. Amazing the fascination dates back that far, right? And now, in the 21st century, we’re still smitten with the idea of these mystical and legendary undead beings!
Don’t believe me? Well, I’m about to prove to you that popular culture continues to harbor an interesting curiosity about these romantic and attractive — but yet somewhat dangerous — mythological creatures.
Let’s start in the 1990s with the blockbuster movies Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) with Kristy Swanson and Hillary Swank and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) with Eddie Murphy. From there, we saw the hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and Angel (1999).
The latest vampire trends to take the country by storm? Vampire-centric books! There’s the Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer, the Oliver Nocturne series by Kevin Emerson, the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead, and the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris — also made into the much talked-about HBO show, True Blood.
So, my question is: why do we love reading about, watching shows about, and seeing films about vampires? They are supposedly fatal, yet extremely attractive and alluring. Could it be because authors have made them seem safe and harmless? Or is it because vampires in recent years have been described as so beautifully perfect and so stunningly flawless that we can’t help but be infatuated with them?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer