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 Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires

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PostSubject: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:26 pm

Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires

Professor Bloom also regretted “the Americanisation of the vampire” to be found, for example, in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books, where “the dangerous violent aristocrat has become the dark boy no one talks to and who’s eternally 17”.

Speakers related Dracula to its original context of Victorian spiritualism, urban legends of a “monster” called “Spring-heeled Jack” and anxieties about religion, invasion and masculinity. Others looked at the novel’s reinvention everywhere from Turkey to Mexico and attempted to “rethink the menstrual vampire”, to explain why vampires are “as ubiquitous as the Big Mac” in the US and to decide whether “every generation gets the vampire it deserves”.

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PostSubject: Re: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:45 pm

Neutral twilight is not the "Americanized vampire", if anything Lestat and Spike are. Those twilight vampires are mormon vampires. Everyone seems to just gloss over the fact that Meyer's wrote a series about mormon vamps & werewolfs with mormon values and no ones spreading it so far. I kind of get what their saying though, we are just kind of making a vamp for everyone big-mac style.
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PostSubject: Re: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:56 pm

I sort of understand it as well.

But Lestat and Spike were at least scary sometimes,well until the last season or so of Buffy.

These guys study Stoker and Vampires though so I'd imagine they understand nuances about vampire literature that we never will.

I just can't grasp the appeal of Twilight myself.

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PostSubject: Re: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:01 pm

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Neutral twilight is not the "Americanized vampire", if anything Lestat and Spike are. Those twilight vampires are mormon vampires. Everyone seems to just gloss over the fact that Meyer's wrote a series about mormon vamps & werewolfs with mormon values and no ones spreading it so far. I kind of get what their saying though, we are just kind of making a vamp for everyone big-mac style.


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Sort of on the same topic

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PostSubject: Re: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:51 pm

I don't know. If it's not Nosferatu, then it's not a vampire.

The literary concept that a vampire has sex appeal is a relatively new one since most mythical vampires were essentially glorified zombies that had enough intelligence to stalk their prey instead of just chasing blindly at it.

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PostSubject: Re: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:00 pm

^^ I think the sexualization of vampires is an extension of the fears they represent: you could fall from grace despite your best intentions, thanks to the seductive capabilities of evil.
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PostSubject: Re: Stoker experts bite back against Twilight and ‘Americanised’ teen vampires   Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:00 pm

I'm upset that I'm admitting this, but here we go. I read all of the books. At the time I was in that crappy relationship with anthony. I liked the books because I felt that rush of love and lust I missed from my relationship. When the movies started to come out and people were going insane over merchandise, I backed up. I liked the story line. I didn't think it should be taken seriously or reach that level of stardom. To this day I refuse to watch the movies.
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