Now this is an interesting topic and a heated one in my home. Recently I saw a post on facebook about this person being appalled by the popularity of such Vampire movies and shows and that she was sure that her God was not a part of this. (I can only presume that this person is referring to the Twilight phenomena and True Blood/Vampire Diaries)
As I don't mean to take offense by anyone's religious views, I unfortunately felt confused by that statement. I had never considered that what I was reading, was sinful. So as my husband and I have discussed this for the last few weeks, I wanted to shed some light on the topic for all of you. Only as food for thought. BTW, I am a practicing Catholic, so please understand, religion is strong in my home as well.
Why Vampires? Is it because they appear demonic in nature? Are we talking all supernatural beings, including witches, werewolves, etc..? The reason I ask, is this. Is not the unknown, symbolic for something? What that may be, is up to the author, correct? In other words, these creatures don't exist, yet they do in the mind of the reader and for what purpose? What message is the author conveying? Example: The whale in Moby Dick represents God, as written by Melville. I think it's simply symbolism.
So for you to say that reading about Vampires is wrong, well then. Have you not read the fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson? Or The Brothers Grimm? Their original fairy tales are actually very dark in nature. Walt Disney, a fan of such, incorporated the Queen (somewhat of a witch by her actions) in his 1938 Snow White and who could forget, the Devil himself made an appearance in the 1942 movie Fantasia. But did you notice something? When the devil comes and summons his demons, this is represented as darkness, but then what happens? There is light. The light always follows the dark.
I wanted to share a very interesting article discussing the "Allure of the Dark" by Kathleen Valentine.
"I realized something I've always known but had never been consciously aware of, the Catholic Church makes a place for darkness and, in doing so, provides a place for redemption. Darkness is the entry point of redemption and I am beginning to think that is a large part of its allure.
Throughout the centuries the redemption that pierced so much of the literary and cinematic darkness was, of course, love. This dark and brutal creature, hideous in all his perversity, is saved by love - “'Twas beauty that killed the beast.” And whether it is a damaged man with the power to enter into the mind of serial killers, a handsome vampire who longs to be good, or an assassin like Toby O'Dare, we are tantalized by the darkness. Darkness is not the same as blackness. Blackness is full rejection of everything redeemable. But darkness longs for redemption. Darkness is lush and sensual and filled with transcendence. Darkness is infused with Eros and, though in recent decades Eros has come to be synonymous with sex, that is not its full meaning."
To read her full article, please visit Parlez Moi Blog. It's very well written and I enjoyed it immensely.
I also wanted to leave you with a quick interpretation of the love of Vampires from Anne Rice herself. So where I do leave you with all of this? To me, it is an individual journey. I can not dare tell you what is right and what is wrong but I know that I truly love reading and would never suffer myself from limiting which books I would be allowed to read. After, all. Judge not lest ye be judge. So please enjoy your books!