Things my children will ask one day

Mommy, why do vampires sparkle?


woman-gothic-dark-horror-39628.jpegThey don’t, or they didn’t used to. My generation just hasn’t been satisfied with anything, unless they’re throwing glitter on it.  Including our horror icons.

I don’t know if it’s the writer’s impulse to make things new and different, or if the audience was just tired of the darkness, but vampires have done a real 180.

I gotta share something that I found on the Wiki. What would life be without the wiki?

In 2006, a physics professor at the University of Central Florida wrote a paper arguing that it is mathematically impossible for vampires to exist, based on geometric progression. According to the paper, if the first vampire had appeared on 1 January 1600, and it fed once a month (which is less often than what is depicted in films and folklore), and every victim turned into a vampire, then within two and a half years the entire human population of the time would have become vampires

Okay, is that a plot bunny or what?

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Seriously, I often wonder which comes first the darkness or the depictions of the darkness.  For instance, right this moment, the subset of Dystopian fantasy or urban fantasy is exploding. It seems likely that the culture as a whole is feeling kind of down about our chances. That would mean the darkness came first. And, of course, artists are always the first to look into the abyss and write it all down.

Yet, with vampires, we appeared to reach peak darkness somewhere, and started to bedazzle the genre. Movies like Twilight and Beautiful Creatures depict vampires as less monsters and more as misunderstood victims of their own demons.

So, I have a question; How do you like your monsters?


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