Tuesday, October 27, 2009

An entire genre one sample does not make

I've never seen or read any of the True Blood material but judging by this it seems that this one variation is clouding everyone's minds about what vampire fiction has been, is now, will be, and can be. In that post True Blood is described as vampire fiction that is geared toward women. In and of itself there's nothing wrong with that but it also sounds like he is trying to say that all vampire fiction is oriented towards women and men have no interest in it. I beg to differ.

Dudes just don't dig bloodsuckers, since vampires pretty much look like girls. We prefer zombies, because we love chainsaws, flamethrowers, and samurai swords.
Maybe he is trying to invoke homophobia or something but there are plenty of men who don't need massive explosions, severed limbs, and fountains of blood and gore in order be entertained. There is just as much (maybe more depending on who you ask) thrill in watching ones pray from a distance, planning your move. Slowly and surely making your way towards them. Walk behind them for what may feel like hours, enjoying the hunt. Time enough to build anticipation for the kill. At some point you may even find an opening to strike up conversation before seeing her on her merry way. She is on her street, nearly home and no one is around. Now is your chance. Rush at your target so quickly all she detects is a light breeze. Her fate is sealed. There is nothing behind her but a chill in the air. She turns to continue home but the path is blocked by the last thing she will ever see. A cold stare that let's her know death has come and death will not be denied.

Sure you could take a knife and carve her to pieces or you could take her in your arms like a lover and with a slight pinch drink her very life away. Or perhaps you wish to have a companion on your journey through the dark. Just remember not to drink too much or you will have to hunt again...

As for looking like women a lot of men who want power will not let the feminine like appearance of the vampire deter them. Jean Claude from the Anita Blake universe is described as a Frenchman (if I recall his nationality right) with pale soft skin is more seducer then brute. While that may sound like a sissy bear in mind dear Jean Claude is a few hundred years old, has a clan of werewolves at his beck and call, and can turn a person into his eternal familiar (a person that has increased abilities but has the bonus of not being a vampire meaning they can operate during the day and act in their master's/mistress' stead.

But as to why men are draw to vampires he almost answers his own question:
Women love bad boys - they're exciting, and the chance to change him, to break him like a horse, must be an irresistible challenge. If self-destruction weren't seductive on some superficial level, then no one would ever need rehab.
Simply knowing that women love bad boys is enough motivation for men to want dark seductive powers and control of the night. While that woman is trying to break his wide side he is trying to bring out her dark side.

Zombie movies indulge male power-fulfillment fantasies. We enjoy pretending to be dragon-slaying knights or bad-guy-perforating cowboys or Bruce Willis, saving our ex-wife from a skyscraper full of terrorists.
And what is more powerful than having command of what normal people don't know about, religious people fear, and other dark being hate? Its one thing to go in guns blazing and kill all the enemies. Its quite another to slip in under the cover of dark, kill everyone, and come out unscathed. A certain finesse that Bruce Willis could only dream of. Such abilities are desirable enough on their own but add the fact that women find these things attractive as well?
...the men are disposable
Well at least he's got something right here (but that is a different post for a different day).

But finally this:
A vampire is a monster, who looks, acts, and talks like a man. Who is passionate, romantic, and tortured. To surrender to this character is to play with fire. The vampire, in many ways, is the prototype of the bad boy.
almost makes me wonder if he is even familiar with female vampires. A being with an almost insatiable sexual appetite that is more than enough for any man. Wild, bold, and uninhibited. This unholy creature disguised as a woman could just as easily take a man to heights of ecstasy that he has never dreamed of as she could drain his life away. But many a man is willing to take that chance.

Or maybe I'm only going off on this because I'm not the stereotypical guy. Whatever the reason I have say this Bill sounds a lot like Angel (wait for it.....mmmmmmmmmm....Angel) and therefore may be interesting. But by all that is holy True Blood is not the only source of vampire fiction out there.

(Edit - 10-29-09): I seem to have forgotten a big point here. I speak of the things that draw men to vampires and actually make a bit of an assumption. I presume that the only thing that can draw men is sex appeal to women or having power to exercise over women when that is not the case.

In addition to those things there is one other big attraction. A new sense of freedom. For the most part men live by day and rest by night and even those that rest by day and live by night are more than likely working by night than living by night. To become a vampire would allow a man to leave that world behind and enjoy the nigh in ways he never could. To rest by day and actually live by night would open a whole new world (....and close the old one for to rest by day also means rest by day because going out into day would be fatal.) Hell I could probably entertain myself for a few years alone on the concept of never needing oxygen again.