Essay about Vampire Genre Storms Popular Culture (Again)

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Vampire Genre Storms Popular Culture (Again) The vampire genre is today’s most popular form of pop culture. Vampire movies and literature have risen to fame in American popular culture today, but vampire genre popularity dates back further than many people realize. Sprouting from humble origins of fireside lore, vampire fiction has been a mainstay in the literary realm. It is in literature today that we see this ever-popular fragment of popular culture truly blossom in Stephenie Meyer’s hit-novel series, Twilight. In the novels, Meyer’s characters display an incessant whirlwind of complexities involving the rare, seemingly non-existent, romantic bond between vampire and human. Most importantly, she influences American culture by …show more content…
Both legends were created as cautionary tales. The plagued Nosferatu, driven by his insatiable hunger, feasted on the meat of the living. The Incubus’ needs were as ravenous as Nosferatu’s, but he merely craved the carnal devouring of flesh.
Gradually, as Hollywood became the prevailing influence of society, the vampire began to change. The earliest depictions of Nosferatu were eerie and monstrous. As the genre progressed, so did the undead phantom. Motion pictures soon depicted the vampire as a tall, pale, mysterious man with a thirst for virginal blood. Fragments of the legends had remained, but most of the terror had faded with the plague. The non-human physical qualities had sloughed off and were replaced with more sensual weapons. Pointed canine teeth replaced plague-riddled skin, a gliding waltz refined the stilted zombie saunter, and a sensual sip of blood stood in for the beastly devouring of flesh. This new vampire was named Dracula. The new depiction of the undead had evolved from Nosferatu and gradually began to resemble the old tale of the Incubus. As with the early Incubus, innocent women were coaxed out into the night and helplessly devoured. The monster itself had evolved, but the desired victim had not.
Vampire victims in early American movies have had multiply things in common. The victims are young, beautiful, and innocent women who have unknowingly been lured to their untimely death

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