Vampires Never Die
The Fantastic Hero is Vampire
You have read a fantasy book, have you not ? Usually this genre of literature appeals to people of all ages, though it is most popular among youngsters. Fantasy itself provides readers with an additional and at the same time beneficial perception of the world and everything that is in it. Its aim is to show us aspects of our own lives in another far-fetched format.
One of the most popular fantasy characters is a vampire. This creature looks like a human, possesses supernatural abilities and lives on human’s blood. The symbolism of vampire is tied in with the awareness of the powers of chaos, darkness, and the cult of ancient mysteries. Recently the vampire has taken a role of a compelling, sympathetic, gorgeous and such a romantic outcast in love with a human.
Artistic Image of a Vampire
Talking about the artistic image of a vampire in modern art especially in cinematograph, it is worth taking into consideration the words of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan in their article “Why Vampires Never Die” about the origin of a vampire. They suppose that such a creature could originate from our repressed memory we had as primates and probably our ancestors being cannibalistic used to feed with salty human blood. Contemporary way of depicting vampires emphasizes what is eternal in us, tries to illustrate these characters in the light of chastity. The movie “Twilight”, based on novels by Stephanie Mayer, depicts a vampire as a magnanimous man who promises chaste eternal love and does not have unnatural lust for women.
The authors of that article claim there are Eros and Tanatos interspersed with each other in that type of a vampire. That is why it is easier to perceive that character as a romantic hero with regard to taboo sex fantasy. And vampire Edward from “Twilight” behaves in a gentlemanly way, which does not involve brusque manner, to get Bella nor even thinks about sex as it is. He has perfect features of character and an awesome appearance that are particularly romantic elements. Edward’s love is rather platonic than erotic; so there is not even a hint on innate necessity of sex in the movie.
Christine Seifert has found evidence of abstinence porn in “Twilight” series. She claims that “Twilight” series has created a new surprising sub-genre of teen romance. Reverse psychology of the human actually works more often than people could imagine. Teens (who are mostly the audience) do love to read about occasion when polar characters fall in love because forbidden love only makes things more titillating or tempting. There are a lot of scenes in the movie which rouse an interest and desire to witness some intimate scenes among readers. She says that the more Meyer emphasizes abstinence in a sexual way, the more readers want Bella and Edward to actually have sex. Seifert explains that being an object of desire in abstinence porn does not significantly differ from being an object of desire in actual one. That is why Edward’s unintentional and sometimes violent behavior (bruises on Bella’s skin and broken bed after a “night”) and Bella’s desire to be a victim of it seem to be vivid evidence of Seifert’s assumption about abstinence porn. The satisfaction from being hurt during sexual intercourse refers to masochism which is directly caused by sadism. Those two “ism”s are signs of actual porn, so the behavior of main characters of the “Twilight” series convinces us that self-denial is hot. And Seifert tries to lighten the other side of such an enigmatic and romantic tale about chaste vampire and a dreamy girl.
Taking all into consideration, it is incorrect to blame Mayer for creating a porn novel under the guise of undying love story. Every character of every novel or movie has own pros and cons, and every situation or scene can be interpreted in different ways. Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Christine Seifert express their points of view and their attitude to the role of a vampire in modern art and give reasons for what we can easily find evidence.