31 January 2010

We'll Try Not to Bleed: Vampire Fest

This is a post of an article I wrote for my Newswriting I class last semester.

We’ll Try Not To Bleed: Vampire Fest
By: Krishana Davis

Vampires, vampires, everywhere is how it appears to be lately with the vampire scene on full blast courtesy of a new saga: Twilight. This book turned movie is reaching new heights with its second installment “Twilight: New Moon” grossing over 72.7 million dollars opening day. In its first week of showing “New Moon” even beat out the immensely popular summer 2008 Batman film “Dark Knight”, which grossed on 23.6 million dollars a 212 percent increase in movie sales. “Twilight” is the bloody yet romantic love story of Isabella and Edward Cullen who battle against all odds to be to be together although one is a human and the other is a soulless vampire.

The whole world seems to have been bit by the vampire fever, with vampire like movies and shows popping up like a disease in movies, TV shows, as well as mainstream culture. With the success of “Twilight”, shows such a “True Blood” on HBO and “Vampire Diaries” on the CW have been springing up everywhere in mainstream culture. A vampire spoof, that recent hit the big screen, has even been created called “Transylmania” that pokes fun at the romantic yet often gory tales portrayed in the vampire genre. But where does the infiltration of the vampire into mainstream culture end?

Recently the Disney Channel show “Wizards of Waverly”, which is about a wizard family set in the real human world and how the kids interact with society as the kids battle for the right to be the family wizard, recently added some new characters. As the craze for “Twilight” and rumors of the opening date of the sequel “New Moon” began to resurface, “Wizards of Waverly Place” added a new family of vampires in the same neighborhood as the wizard family. Many speculated that the Disney Channel was trying to “jump on the [vampire] bandwagon”.

Highly religious and a mother of two, Tameka Perkins, was at first reluctant about allowing her children to watch shows like “Wizards of Waverly Place” because of the witchcraft element. Upon review the show she was surprised at how minuscule the witchcraft element was in the show. However, she was taken back with the addition of a vampire element to the show.

It’s promoting violence she stated and,”their intentions are to bite and suck blood from another human.”

She continued that although the nature of these types of shows is okay for some age ranges, she does not want her young kinds to be subject to these ideas yet.

“My kids love the Disney Channel, but kids have big imaginations... there are some things I just do not want my children to try to imitate.”

Other people however, have a more liberal attitude to these films.
Travis Case, a sophomore at Morgan, felt although he believed Twilight to be a “Dawson’s Creek with fangs,” he still does like some of the vampire stories.
Case claimed to have actually jumped on the vampire phenomenon and enjoys watching the series “True Blood”. He stated that it is well written with a complex plot and the vampires’ desire for acceptance plays on the equalities still facing many Americans today.

Case stated that vampires are in because, “they speak to our true selves and what a lot of us desire to be. Vampires do what they want, when they want. They have super human strength and agility, but they are human too.”

Whether we like it or not it seems vampires like vampires will be infecting victims of popular culture for a while.

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