Hallowe’en 3… Vampires Rehabilitated

Yes, we can find everything we ever needed or wanted to know about vampires by reading Wikipedia. But why stop there?  Vampires have been rehabilitated… they are no longer the repulsive predators of horror and myth. Let’s revisit the topic with more up-to-date examples from page and screen.

Why We Love Vampires: The Psychology Behind the Obsession by Dr. Belisa Vranich opens with the statement:  “Charming, elegant, and downright sexy, vampires have been the monster-of-choice for… well, ever. In looking at the psychology of vampires, these are the top ten reasons they are so fascinating.” 

Her ten reasons are persuasive, and she concludes:  “Vampires are the archetype of bad, bad boys… the sexy monster of all time continues to be the vampire… the quintessential bad boy who reeks of danger, and is very, very naughty.”

Devra Maza, who also writes for HuffPost Entertainment, obviously agrees. In A Twilight Seduction: What Men Can Learn From Edward she describes Edward’s chastely erotic wooing of Bella and advises aspiring lovers to read the Stephanie Meyers’ books…” Think of it as research. Anything that sends the opposite sex into that much of a tizzy should be viewed as a textbook.”

 But it’s Edward, the vampire who wants to be good, who has our hearts. As Bella explains, it isn’t for his looks or wealth that she wants him, but because he’s the most loving, unselfish, brilliant, and decent being she knows. It’s what fuels her lust and the reason why sex with Edward is the most life-affirming thing she can think of – the one human experience she doesn’t want to die without.

So, how can one inspire that kind of lustful adoration? Well, it wouldn’t hurt if you were sculptured to perfection, freakishly fast and strong, could annihilate our enemies and deflect oncoming traffic with a single hand. But don’t despair. If you want to be irresistible to someone you care for, here are a few attainable tips from Edward which will work just as well:

Kiss: Tenderly, urgently, to communicate, to explore, and for no reason at all.
Smolder: Look into our eyes like you want to learn us, then ask us what we’re thinking. We’re going to tell you anyway, so you might as well get credit for it.
Say Things We’ll Savor: Telling us we’re beautiful is fine, but tell us why and we’ll believe you.
Be Gorgeous: Cultivate the best part of your DNA – your humanity. Chiseled cheekbones and chests make us look. Intelligence, integrity, imagination make us love.
Be Present: Be there in our dreams and share yours with us. Gift us yourself and you’ll be rewarded.
Do Good: Use your unique superpowers to make the world better, safer, wiser. If you save the day in big and small ways, at night we just might tuck you in.
Touch: Caress with affection, to comfort, to soothe, to talk without words, in casual and important ways.

Do all of this well and often, for its own sake as Edward does, without sex as an ulterior motive, and you just might find yourself the sparkling object of a shivering obsession of someone you love, being kissed in a way that’s as easy as breathing, but takes your breath away. Now, doesn’t that sound seductive?

I blogged about Twilight on February 15 … The Great Romance… as part of my Valentine theme.  The trailers to the films are all linked there.

In a more serious mood  here, from Les Fleurs du Mal (1851),  is The Vampire by  Charles Baudelaire. The link will give you several translations… the one here is from Spoken Verse, read by Tom O’Bedlam. (That really is the name I found on You Tube!)

Here is the original…

Le Vampire

Toi qui, comme un coup de couteau,
Dans mon coeur plaintif es entrée;
Toi qui, forte comme un troupeau
De démons, vins, folle et parée,

De mon esprit humilié
Faire ton lit et ton domaine;
— Infâme à qui je suis lié
Comme le forçat à la chaîne,

Comme au jeu le joueur têtu,
Comme à la bouteille l’ivrogne,
Comme aux vermines la charogne
— Maudite, maudite sois-tu!

J’ai prié le glaive rapide
De conquérir ma liberté,
Et j’ai dit au poison perfide
De secourir ma lâcheté.

Hélas! le poison et le glaive
M’ont pris en dédain et m’ont dit:
«Tu n’es pas digne qu’on t’enlève
À ton esclavage maudit,

Imbécile! — de son empire
Si nos efforts te délivraient,
Tes baisers ressusciteraient
Le cadavre de ton vampire!»

Charles Baudelaire

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2 Responses to Hallowe’en 3… Vampires Rehabilitated

  1. Sufiya says:

    Actually if you would like to know what actual vampirism is, I can recommend a more-or-less actual account of an real-life encounter with a real-life vampire in the book “The Secrets of Dr. Taverner” by Dion Fortune. I say ‘more-or-less” because the book was written in the Thirties and the actual account would have been instantly censored, since the actual account included an incident involving “necrophilia”. There is nothing attractive about actual vampirism unless “being possessed by the shade of a black magickian intent on dodging the karmic penalty for his crimes in life by sucking the life force out of others and using oneself as the “meat puppet” to obtain it” sounds ‘romantic’ to anyone!

    Dion Fortune was a famous and talented woman adept of the Order of the Stella Matutina, and wrote many valuable books on the subject of Magick and Hermetic Qabalah, and was a pioneer in the field of psychologcal research; she was, for a time apprenticed to a powerful adept who she worked with in the mental hospitals and who she later wrote of as the fictional “Dr. Taverner” with herself represented as his male “sidekick”, rather in the manner of Sherlock Holmes and Watson.

    • motleydragon says:

      There is so much interesting material about the occult and ancient beliefs.

      What fascinates me is that somewhere, sometime, there must have been an origin for these stories, and a reason for handing them down.

      Today we have urban myths and ideas that spread to become memes.

      Can you imagine what our distant ancestors must have feared when someone found a dinosaur fossil swept clean by a storm that eroded a cliff? Or various explanations for the knid of storm we just experienced?

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