Part I general musings on vampires Part II to come: books and movies and actors Part III: my most fav vampire book and author.
Let's face it, folks. We all thought the vampire craze would die out, but it hasn't. As a matter of fact, there are more vampire items out there now than ever before.
Are vampires real? I guess anything's possible. Personally, I believe that all legends and fairy tales have their beginnings in truth. Many become distorted over the centuries. Vampire legends often relate vampires to evil or demons because of the drinking of blood. Since blood and a pumping heart are needed to keep us alive and vampires only come out at night, I can easily see where that fear came from.
The legend developed even more with Vlad the Impaler, and if you ever read his gory history you'd know why. The definition of a vampire is often modeled after Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' written in 1897. I've read the book and I can say it is scary. Certainly a well-written book.
Many think Stephanie Meyers is responsible for the current vampire craze. I think it goes back farther than that. Our earth works in synchronicity - 2 or more events related. As we approached the new century, many developed an interest in the Occult, Wiccanism, Dragons - things we were taught as taboo, things our parents and grand parents saw through superstitious eyes and/or fear as taught to them.
Many authors began to break through this web of no-no's by writing about legend beings. JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are two of them. JK Rowling opened the door wider with the 'Harry Potter' series. Many across the world saw her books as evil without even reading them. The rest of us saw the series for what it was - an ingenious new take on witches and wizards.
Other books followed about legendary creatures. One of my favorites is the 'Fablehaven' series, written in the 21st century. The series is for children by Brandon Mull. His satyrs were quite the characters.
These all (plus many more) made us ready for Meyers' new take on vampires. Have I read the books? You betcha. Do I think she's a great writer or a bad writer? I think she writes better than I do, but I give her credit for starting a whole new type of vampire that appeals so much to pre-teen girls through older women. The books aren't just the romance of Edward and Bella, there are some scary scenes.
I was reading one of those scenes one night while I sat near a window. I heard a tap-tap-tapping and looked out, only to see the small shadow of a bat. Yes, I screamed. Who wouldn't? My son and daughter-in-law came running to see what happened. They looked out the window and saw:
Their precious gray kitten Wedge standing up with front paws out trying to figure out how to get back in (he had snuck out their window). After that, I read the book when someone was around.
Hey - you never know.
Did you know there is a book club - TwilightMoms?
The Twilight series movies, which I really enjoy has also pushed the whole interest in vampires.
This has resulted in even more vampire items anyone could purchase. Oh, you didn't know about these? Well, let's take a look at some:
Vampire Blood drinks (not real blood of course, but from the True Blood series)
Vampire Journals here's a tasty one:
How about a a piece of jewelry? You can purchase those at e-bay and etsy.
(vampire bite necklace)
A vampire blood amulet maybe?
There's many more items to choose from, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, and the Vampire Diaries too.
Actually, many of the clothes and jewelry are quite sensuous - if you have the figure to wear them. I've seen some really gorgeous capes.
Hey, let's look at what all this interest in vampire items is doing. It's a simple case of people spending money on collectibles or items of interest, and that helps our economy.
So why not snuggle down with your Honeybun in your comfy vamp clothes and jewelry, drink some True Blood drink straight from the bottle, share your thoughts in your journal and watch or read some vampire stories. Could turn out to be a most interesting evening. Uh, watch the biting though.