In the essay, “Vampires Never Die”, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the authors assert that our fascination with vampires is linked to spirituality; tracing back to the historical, literary, and scientific roots of vampirism. According to del Toro and Hogan, vampires have been part of human culture and folklore for centuries, sometimes viewed as evil creatures, and sometimes seen as angels. They have been around as long as the human race. Tales about creatures resembling vampires have existed in various cultures, probably dating back to the very dawn of human culture itself.
Writers del Toro and Hogan, claim that vampires exist in our lives due to their fascinating history. They discuss the story of vampires and describe how vampires fascinate people because of their historical roots. In the article “Vampires Never Die,” del Toro and Hogan argue that many folklores and legends about vampires engross people’s imaginations. While the “original” vampires are long since gone, their legacy remains, continuing to intrigue the world. As a cultural entity, the vampire is a worldwide phenomenon.
Every culture has its localized version of the vampire. For example, del Toro and Hogan claim, “the Indian Baital, the Ch’ing Shih in China, and the Romanian Strigoi are but it’s names. The creature seems to be as old as Babylon and Sumer. ” In other words, the vampire, as known to us all, comes originally from ancient folklore and was then filtered through a long historical tradition. From Ancient Greece to modern day, from India to the Western World, the vampire continues to bleed our imaginations dry.
There is no escaping the seduction and charm of the vampire, both in folklore and reality. It is ubiquitous. There are more vampires out there than one might imagine. The vampire is truly immortal. “Vampires Never Die” discusses the literary roots of vampires’ illustrating how people were obsessive over vampires due to their mythical roots. They indicate that numerous books and movies have captured the essence of the original vampire lore, such as Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Bram Stoker’s Dracula etc.
Also, there are many historical figures such as Lord Byron and Vlad Tepes. They stitch together folklore of vampires to bestow vampires’ immortal power in humans’ minds. While many versions of folklore exist that are filled with rules governing how vampires are created, how they feast on the living, and how they must be destroyed, the very first English literary vampire that was widely accepted was Polidori’s “The Vampyre.
The authors also indicate that the literary vampire has taken many forms, with Dracula as the most well known example at the end of 19th century. They state, “part of the reason for the great success of Dracula is generally acknowledged to be its appearance at a time of great technological revolution. ” Until now, the vampire is still the hot topic for human beings. There are many modern writers of vampire fiction, including Stephenie Meyer, Stephen King and countless others.
They all have a rich vein of vampire lore to draw from, further demonstrating the obsession of vampires by human beings runs through the long literary tradition, as argued by the authors of “Vampires Never Die”. Besides the historical and literary roots of the vampire lore, in “Vampires Never Die,” del Toro and Hogan also explore scientific origins. They illustrate that there is no scientific evidence of actual vampires, but there are a number of repressed memories we had as primates that might result in vampiric behavior or appearance.
For example, as the authors say, “as soon as we become sedentary, agricultural tribes with social boundaries, one seminal myth might have featured our ancestors as primitive beasts who slept in the cold loam of the earth and fed off the salty blood of the living”. In addition, del Toro and Hogan claim that, “unlike other monsters that emphasize what is mortal in us, vampires emphasize the eternal in us. ” In other words, vampires transform human’s vulnerable lives into the undead and eternal matter physically.
Furthermore, del Toro and Hogan point out that the root causes of vampire lore are most likely psychological rather than physical. They indicate that death is one of the most mysterious aspects of life, and all cultures are preoccupied with it to some degree. Eternal youth is perhaps the central idea that is highly compelling to people who feel that they never want to grow old and leave their adolescence behind. Traditionally in the vampire culture, when a human is changed into a vampire, one retains the same appearance until the rest of their existence.
Guillermo del Toro and Hogan imply that people tend to seek the spirituality and awe in their lives due to the fear of death, fate, and aging; therefore, the vampire is the character they seek to defend their fear from uncertain elements in their lives. So, why is the vampire culture so popular in today’s society when we have miracle tools such as Google Glass, Apple iPhone and even Quantum computers at our disposal? According to “Vampires Never Die,” the answer is that vampires represent the spirituality that human beings have been seeking.
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