I, like most teenage girls when they were growing up, was mesmerized and allured by all things vampire. Whether it was
the dark mystery from the countless stories that drew us in, or the unknown taboo that surrounds the word itself, my generation has an obsession with the undead. Stories like Dracula have been around for over a century and other demonic folklore about blood sucking creatures even before that. Nevertheless, the biggest contributors to the vampire genre have hit the entertainment world in the last thirty years. From television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries, to huge blockbuster movies like Twilight, Van Helsing, and Interview with a Vampire, our screens have been covered by all kinds of vampires. Whether they have been teenage heart throbs, murderous demons, or sometimes both, people of all ages have jumped on each of these different stories and adaptations and are still thirsty (wink wink) for more. Even with the amount of screen time these creatures have been getting, it comes no where close to comparing to the vast amount of written works about vampires. Almost all the titles I’ve mentioned above have started as novels, and have been trail blazers by cultivating the new ideas of vampirism while continuing to include a lot of the historical descriptions and characteristics dating back to the days of Anne Rice and Bram Stoker.
Each new generation of vampire author pays homage to this creature’s past adaptations and origins by maintaining many of the same characteristics across all the forums of entertainment. However, what keeps the spark in the publics hearts and makes them desire more and more from this world of the supernatural, is that there is always something new being added. Someone’s new twist or dimension to these undead characters that make each story new and exciting. Henry Jenkins spoke very eloquently when speaking about his idea of Convergence Culture, and explaining that what he means by that is “the flow of content across multiple media platforms, the cooperation between multiple media industries, and the migratory behavior of media audiences who would go almost anywhere in search of the kinds of entertainment experiences they wanted”. He gives a beautiful definition for the cultural phenomenon going on America, the transforming of the ideas and attitudes surrounding the word vampire and how its perceived by the general population. The face of vampires had been changing across all media platforms, and people are grasping on to these stories and creating fan bases and writing fan fictions and ultimately adopting these stories and making them their own. The overwhelming adoration for this genre of fantasy and supernatural has become a strong presence in the lives of many people who appreciate the origins of the satanic religious corruption that led to the development of the monster like character, and revel in the new dark, hypnotic, and brooding but lovable image that is alive in todays stories. If I was a betting person, I wouldn’t bet against vampires ruling the entertainment world for many years to come.