mercredi 18 novembre 2009

Garlic and crucifix

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Vampire phenomenon :
This week, we are going to talk about a new phenomenon, which almost comes from American novelists, and is spreading itself in the whole world: the vampire phenomenon.
The movement begins with literature, which has been followed by the cinema.
We cannot do a “press review”, because there are not really articles about this, and the article about 10 years ago, will be joined to the “press review”, because we studied the phenomenon in the time.
We studied on the increasing of “the vampirism” in literature, and in the cinema, by studying the real taste of the people for it.
First, the image of the vampire has changed from the beginning, like in the book, Dracula, by Bram Stoker, to Edward Cullen, one of the characters of Stephenie Meyer’s book.
The vampire is become fashionable. There are more and more movies or television series which deal with him.
Before, the vampire was just a murderer, couldn’t bear the sunlight, and dreamt in a coffin.
In Twilight, he refuses his nature and drinks animal blood, he can’t really bear the sunlight BUT he is able to go outside during the day, and he shines!
Good bye coffin, welcome the fine large house with large windows!
The vampire is no longer rock’n roll!
Secondly, We can analyse the case of the vampire, and draw a parallel between the integration of the vampire in the society, and the problem of integration in the society.
The first television series which spoke about vampire was Buffy, and it dealt with a romance between a human woman, and a vampire, Angel.
His name doesn’t really coincide with his nature, but, at the same time, it shows the ambiguous nature of him.
The television series, like True Blood, deals with the tolerance of people, and social (“vampirial”) prejudices. So the figure of the vampire is used to show social reality, and social hopes.
Who is able to pretend that he never dreamed of immortality?
The vampire figure reveals our dreams, ours fears, and ours expectations.

article from th BBC

The article which we are working on, deals with the change of vampire figure.
The vampire is settling down: in True Blood for example, the “good vampire” doesn’t drink true blood anymore, but drinks artificial blood.
At the beginning, there is no good or bad vampire, but the vampire figure has been shaped by the novelist, and now, this figure doesn’t look like the former figure of the vampire.
The vampire becomes civilized, and seems to embody several values, and seduces people.
In a way, he is at the origin of the gothic movement, because, he embodies the loneliness, the sadness, and the romantic soul because he doesn’t belong to the world, and, he is haunting it.
Physically, the vampire of today doesn’t look like the vampire we can see in the movie called Dracula, by George Melford. Today, the vampire is sexy, looks like a modern dandy, his hair are not covered by a big of layer brilliantine!
The vampire who scared the girl, has disappeared, now he becomes a love object for the girls who have dental plate!

1 commentaire:

  1. If I may...what do we learn about US society here ? We learn a little about vampires, yes, but US society ?? An "effort" is made in some lines to link the vampire figure with the society issue of "integration", but that line of reasoning is not really pursued either (and it would be hard to do so, I'm ready to bet).