Vampires are the rage right now. There’s the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast, Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber, the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, just to name a few. Some have even turned into shows (Sookie Stackhouse is True Blood on HBO, Vampire Diaries is on the CW) and, of course, the Twilight series has been turned into several movies. Let’s not forget the vampire predecessors like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) and Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Yes, I’ve read 3 of the 5 Twilight books and have seen the movies (I was the first one in the theater to giggle when Jacob took off his shirt in New Moon). No, I don’t read any religious symbolic bullshit into it. I simply enjoy them as a fictional story. Reading is a way to escape the real world and Twilight has provided that for me.
The same goes for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I didn’t start watching the show regularly until after it was off the air. Sure, I caught an episode here and there but I never really got all the “inside” humor. But a couple of my friends were fans and I think that is what drew the impulse to buy the first season on DVD. (As I said in a previous post, I’m slightly neurotic when it comes to TV shows. I have to start at the beginning. No exceptions.) I was hooked on Buffy from episode one. What one kick-ass woman!
Now I’ve seen the whole series through at least three times and individual favorite episodes countless times. One of my favorites is “Hush” when everyone’s voice in Sunnydale is stolen. I heard a rumor that creator/writer Joss Whedon was always being complimented on his dialog so he wrote a silent show (I have not been able to confirm this rumor). If it is true, how brilliant of a move was that? It just goes to show that Buffy was more than just clever conversations between characters.
I think it’s safe to say that gothic fiction has been popular for ages. However, it seems to me that it’s only been recently that it’s really exploded. Maybe I’m just out of touch with the undead world.