The basic Vampire storyline is consistently the same throughout its history, with contemporary Feminists insisting it hasn’t changed much at all. The basic structure to vampire stories is that humans (especially young, pretty, innocent and virginal females) fall under the spell of the powerful (male) vampires.
Sigmund Freud had plenty to say about the symbolism and psychology behind these myths. His attitudes towards the vampire myths are likely to be typical of his ‘dream analyses’ whereby any kind of dream imagery implies some form of unconscious sexual fulfilment. In A Psychological Analysis of the Vampire Myth, Steven Kimberley says that from the Freudian psychoanalytic point of view the “morbid dread always signifies repressed sexual wishes… the vampire is a kind of phantom projection by the medium’s desire to be possessed, controlled and vampirised” (Rickels, 1999: 19).
In Twilight and True Blood the vampires are represented as being more in control of the id (i.e. a violent bloodlust and lack of social emotions such as conscience) and more in touch with the ego and super ego (an act to suppress and regulate the demands of the id in terms of social demands). In terms of Twilight and True Blood, Edward and Bill are seen as more civilised and considerate of others, very unvampire like behaviour. “We’ve been making them more believable and more real,” said Meredith Woerner, author of “Vampire Taxonomy,” a fang-in-cheek guide on how to happily co-exist with the vampire in your life. “I think that’s why the trend has kind of skyrocketed a little bit. They straddle the fantastical and the realistic, and they’re doing it even more so now.”
Now then with all that up theer said and done .. and if you are still interested of course you may like to read THIS which by the way was to my mind fascinating and filled with Siggy`s work .. so till next time Stay safe Rose xx