There's a news article out on the web today discussing 1) a man in Texas who claims to be a vampire and attacked a woman in her home, and 2) how the attack may be related to the vampire obsession in today's culture.
Before commenting on the article I want to be very clear about one thing. There is a news article but there isn't any news.
Let us begin by examining the by-line: “Texas “vampire” arrest sparks discussion on pop culture.” No. No, it hasn't. To spark something is to begin it, and this arrest hasn't begun a darn thing related to pop culture. Discussions about the relationship of monster myths to culture and society have been going on for centuries. Not news.
A few paragraphs in, the author of the article states that vampires have been a focal point of literature since Stoker's Dracula. Wow. Way to completely overlook and discount the pre-Stoker vampire novels and novellas that stirred public interest in the monster myth and inspired Stoker.
In the very next sentence the author proclaims that young people (whoever they are) have become increasingly obsessed with vampires as a result of Twilight and True Blood. Does the author's definition of young people include Twilight reading soccer moms and forty-something men who watch True Blood for the sex scenes? Or did the author pointedly ignore real demographics so she could use the phrase 'young people' in a desperate attempt to degrade today's youth and strike a chord with alarmist parent groups? Hmm.
So what examples does the author give us humble readers of this recent born vampire obsession? She interviews Anne Rice, who she acknowledges began writing novels about vampires in the 1970s (Pre-Twilight), and she includes crime related examples of: an attack made by a vampire obsessed youth in 1996 (Pre-Twilight), a San Francisco man who slashed peoples throats in 1998 (Pre-Twilight), and a blood-lusting UK serial killer back in 1949 (Pre-Twilight). Not one example to support her timely hypothesis.
Reading further, the article...no.
Forget it. I'm done. Continuing to dissect the article would accomplish nothing. On the surface it seems to be about the undead, but in reality it's just one more example of why I don't subscribe to newspapers or news services. Like I said in the beginning: no news. Nothing new.
I'm going to get another cup of coffee, go outside, and watch the clouds drift by. I suggest you do the same. Should you feel a great need to incorporate a vampirish element into the experience, you can do the following: make the coffee an iced coffee, stick a straw into the cup, and suck.