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The Psychology of Edward Cullen

Posted in Book Reviews, Fun Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by Sahkmet

Oh what have we found…

My Realm of Fantasy magazine for December 2009 came yesterday, and so I eagerly looked to my most favorite column, the Folkroots section now written by SatyrPhil Brucato. This month’s installment was about the archetype in literature and psychological functions of the ‘Demon Lover’, the bad-boy, the temptress, the evil powerful supernatural lover character of tales and reality.

My particular attention came to the paragraphs describing a particular type of Demon Lover that has become immensely popular, and that type is, in its example it talked about, Edward Cullen of Twilight fame.

Due to copyright, I will not post the entire paragraphs word-for-word because that is Brucato’s work (duh) and if you want, buy that issue, because Realms of Fantasy has just switched owners and it needs the money because the ads and work in these new magazines needs serious mental help and money for better staff. 😛 Luckily the stories are still quality.

A demon lover is generally a ‘bad’ one, a representational character of things morally not right or what we ourselves wouldn’t do, which makes them whether a seductive villain or villianess attractive to many persons, including myself. Their power to dominate, to go against society rules, to be an outcast and see a different perspective *whether good or bad* to be supernatural and stronger in many cases…this is what characterizes a Demon Lover.

However we are here to discuss what Brucato has helped to explain why multitudes of young teenager girls and other age groups of women have so flocked to the realm of Twilight. In my previous opinionated musings in my head, I had come across the idea that perhaps Edward’s ‘whiney-emo’ status was attractive because the style is Emo and Scene, and the genre that has been emerging in vampire-media has been known as the Vampires in the modern school social scene genre. I was close but I had yet to fully feel confidant in why so many people, that are yet not even that shallow-minded or that into popular culture, still flock to him.

You see, not everyone falls in love with a Demon Lover. There are still a healthy population of people that fall in love with the Heroic character, the Good Boys, the powerful that are moral and golden, Prince Charmings. But the reasoning with Edward Cullen is that he is a little blur of the Good vs. Bad lovers. Edward, that sparkling vampire, is a Demon Lover who goes against his nature for the sake of his chosen innocent girl Bella Swan. This type is unusual in the past of literature but has come up more and more as a popular form of Lover in our media. As Brucato writes;

“Maybe its because, like all archetypes, this immortal figure shifts to accommodate his time and culture. And perhaps, in an age of rape drugs and porn sites, celebricults and pro-anorexia propaganda, our whole world has become a Demon Lover…and in that world, the real transgression is to care.”

This provides the basis of why these characters, viewed as ‘whining emos’ or ’emotional tragic’ Lovers are now on the rise in our society. We have advanced to accept not just black and white in the power division but of gray-matter; more and more nations with their people are advancing to individualism and intelligence in each person, our capitalist market and internet reach the world over. More people believe in the attraction of Edward because he is sacrificing what he is to become someone better through love, into considering the social cultural setting. This is what has come-up in explaining why, and defending, Edward Cullen.

I hoped I have made the most wild of Twilight-haters, those reading, to consider a form of logical respect for his popular existence, however much they generally do not like in the fantasized Lover. Now that I have taken the time to analyze and write this out, I have discovered that indeed Edward’s archetype is past-attractive type for me. When I wrote the draft of my story S.W.A.N. my villain, Radu, was conflicted within himself to change himself for the reasons of love for female-lead Valerie. This was also not quite but still similar, an idea presented to another story villain Alexander in Rosa von das Roten Tod. However my villains in the end refused or could not actually change their attitude and natural ways of Demon Lover and villain to accommodate their chosen mate. This is where I find the lack-of interest personally for Edward Cullen, not counting the writing style and setting of the entire book series. However these are my preferences and explanation why I am not drooling over Edward. (another is my dislike how the author makes vampires sparkle. The sparkiliness however enhances his sacrificial-for-good qualities however, but still it mess with my preferences in what a vampire is)

I hope you have learned from and enjoyed my rambling of the Twilight explanation.

American Vampires: Fans, Victims and Practitioners: A little Review

Posted in Book Reviews, Fun Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2009 by Sahkmet

Ahh the days of 1989…

I have finished a book from  1989, about vampires in America. All aspects on the vampire view.

American Vampires: Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Norine Dresser is a book talking about vampires in media and the world of American till whenever it was stopped writing. Past 1987 I know that. Reading this book you become aware of the vampire craze before the 90’s boom and the Twilight mess. Here, people didn’t obsess of Edward Cullen but over Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows. Here is discussed with the panic of linking vampires with porphyria disease in the middle 80’s. Here are the accounts of people absorbing vampire culture in the world at an early age, how Dracula has infiltrated candy and commercials, and people actually ritualistically drinking blood. What an interesting read from the past! Before the 90’s, and before the 2000’s! A perfect vampire history lesson.

Nosferatu 1979

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by Sahkmet

Nosferatu The Vampyre, or in the original German Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. 1979 remake of the horror silent classic Nosferatu.

Today, being home alone, I decided to finally utilize my time and popped in the VHS tape of the English dubbed version of this movie into the VHS player and watch this version of my favorite horror Nosferatu. Sure, I got what I expected but also what I did not expect and a very unique approach to the camera work.

Because of so many opinions about this particular German/French movie, I shall give you small review-points for selected movie-goer viewpoints:

Vampire/Gothic movie counisurr: The film fulfills it’s purpose of using the vampire-temptlate in a state of purpose as vampires were intended: evil creatures of the night, former living, filled with the lust for blood and sexual desires, intelligence and supernatural powers, and the yearning and story of wishing for death as an immortal and the sacrifices of being undead. I would recommened this movie for giving a most perfect story outlining the true basis of vampires.

Viewers who are comparing this to the original: This film takes much artistic liberties at times in the film. It elaborates very nicely the original scenes, while ommiting many, changing their importances and sometimes seem to rush it. This constantly displaces these types of viewers, not to mention the plot of some characters into something not from the movie. *i.e. staking the vampire added in and a few smaller scenes, while Harker’s surprise ending and the loss of the chase-scene for Renfield.* This is definitly an interpretation, emulating and moving in a different direction than the first one. Fans will also really, really appreciate the erotic blood drinking scene. I garuntee it.

Movie-going people: This film has some somewhat questionable editing of the scenes, confusing a little and seemed displaced. However it looks like you have to be in the right frame of mind to call it ‘very good cinematography’. The music is very, very 70’s.Other than all this the setting is gray, eerie, creepy and gothic.

Twilight fans: This film will either make your shallow minds hate it because you don’t understand…or will open them up to a newer and more mature, serious light for what the word ‘vampire’ really means. It’s way more than just a sparkily pretty boy. In real folklore, they were downright ugly at times. And killed you. They were like animals. And no sparkles.

Well, I think that sums up most of the audience who would watch this besides average people.

Here are some links and clips to get your senses pumped for this whirlwind of a vampire film!

IMDB profile with offical information.

Klaus Kinski plays one hell of a Dracula.

The Headphone Cats and Nosferatu gif.

Posted in Fun Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by Sahkmet

Great news! Found the website with most, if not all, the offical headbanging cat animated gif. images. :3

And a fun little animated icon for you Twilight-haters/lovers.

Anne Rice Gives Up Vampire Novels.

Posted in News Updates Other Than My Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2009 by Sahkmet

😦 She wrote some of the best vampire literature ever…she did them justice.

But if she does not want to write more *as I’ve noticed her recent works are lacking in writing-power and enthusiasm* and continue and write about Christian and Godly novels…it is her choice.

It is a turning point in literature.

Twilight, I feel, is taking over like a black brainwashing cloud…

It will be up to me and others to bring back good, serious and wonderful vampire fiction and art. Because the future of the genre will now be completely filled with emo-teenager-love-stories-with-vampires-set-in-modern-times. 😦

Soon we shall step up to the plate and make vampirism an art-form again.

Enjoy the sad and classic song Baker Street, which reminds me of this current prediciment.