Gary Hendricks, a writer for Slate magazine, after attending Comic-con, said, "The big story wasn't comic books -- it was vampires. Some 2000 young women set up a tent city outside the San Diego convention Center on Tuesday, sleeping rough so they could attend the Thursday panel on new moon, the upcoming sequel to vampire blockbuster Twilight." What he said next is of major importance to people who make a living writing about vampires, and to vampire lovers, young and old, across America.
"Like many people who acquire mega celebrity, the vampire has developed an eating disorder. Read the books. Watch the movies. You'll see vampires who manage nightclubs, build computer databases, work as private investigators, go to prep school, lobby Congress, chat with humans, live near humans, have sex with humans, and pine over humans, but the one thing you won't see them do is suck the blood of humans."
No, bloodsucking is so yesterday. It's so 1994. It's Anne Rice. Today's vampire is a good listener. He cares about our love lives and our problems, which is strange because we're supposed to be his food."
Gary has hit the nail on the head, or the vampire with a stake, whichever you choose. When I read Twilight, I wondered what the fuss was. Nothing happened. I didn't think there was enough action to make a movie. But once they had put it all together some things had happened, but the movie still wasn't good. Part of the problem is that vampires have become the property of teenagers who allegedly smoke dope and have sex, but won't let vampires be the evil creatures they are meant to be.
Vampires are supposed to live outside the realm of human society. We are their food source, their cattle so to speak. Or at least we were. Now they survive on whole blood which is readily available to them. At the same time, a vampire subculture has emerged among mortals where people actually ingest blood from each other. Would somebody please explain this to me. I'm a psychologist and I don't understand it. I've also written a vampire novel, as yet unpublished, in which vampires are nasty creatures, except for the lover of my mortal hero.
What next? Freddy Krueger working as a volunteer with wayward youths? This has got to stop. There needs to be real evil in the world. Or at least some evil besides Al Qaeda or the people who talked you into mortgages you couldn't afford.