Teen Reads: Vampires & Werewolves
Vampires and Werewolves have been getting it pretty bad for centuries. Every time they come in and out of fashion there are new tales, lore, legends, and enemies to keep track of. There are many variations on the origins of these paranormal species but when dealing with a supernatural, one can never be quite sure. There are stories told by parents to keep their children scared and safe. There are legends involving the wrath of the gods. There are also tales of reanimated corpses and skin walkers. None of which sound very appealing.
Vampires and Werewolves have come in and out of fashion many times over the centuries and much like the current ‘Twilight’ craze, each occurrence is markedly different from the last. Some of today’s modern Vamps consist of Edward Cullen from ‘Twilight’, Selene from ‘Underworld’, Zoey from ‘The House of Night’, and Vladamir Tod from the Vladimir Tod series. Their modern day counterparts consist of Jacob Black from ‘Twilight’, Sam from ‘Shiver’, Professor Lupin from ‘Harry Potter’ and Van Helsing. One popular occurrence that keeps popping up is the enmity between Vamps and Weres, which is very different from their previous alumni.
The classic Vamps and Weres were less feeling, more like demons and evil beings than humans. The perfect example of the classic Vampire is Count Dracula from Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’… he was cold and unfeeling throughout the entirety of the book. The classic example of the nefarious Werewolf would have to be the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. Who else would have been able to speak to Red and have her Grandma under his skin. I bet you’re never going to look at that fairy tale the same way again.
Regardless of who makes up which class of Vamp or Were in the modern or classic era, there has always been something decidedly sensual and romantic about these tortured monsters. Over and over authors have turned tales of woe and demons into a love story featuring Vampires or Werewolves and sometimes both. Whether this craze is coming to a close with the final releases of the ‘Twilight’ movies or its just beginning Vampires and Werewolves have been around centuries longer than we have and they will be for centuries more; I wonder what the next generation will come up with. MonicaBBB is a lover of books and more books!
Columnist: MonicaBBB is a lover of books and more books!