The Evolution of Monsters
The first monster book I ever read was by Anne Rice, So I started off on the Vampires are monsters with a hint of humanity and I was hooked, I loved how They were dangerous and mysterious with so much history behind them. They were just as likely to rip out your throat as they were to take you under their wing. Over the years Monsters have evolved slowly, after reading Anne rice I turned to the Vampire diaries and Buffy (Good old 90s) Vampires were starting to change, In the 80’s, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Movie, Vampires were still ugly MOFO’s that killed people and Buffy was the hero, The vampire Diaries had Stefan, but he wanted to be more human, I didn’t really like him as he was too soft, Daemon still had that dangerous feel too him but this is where things changed for me they were not described as ugly.
Then in 1997 Buffy the T.V series came out and I was in heaven, I still loved reading Christopher Pike and R.L Stine where Monsters were monsters but some had a hint of humanity, that made them likable you just didn’t want to get on their bad side. But in Buffy the Vampires were like humans but when they vamped out they were still hideous, Drew and Spike were my favorites they were still evil and crazy but they didn’t take shit from no one, In the start anyway, Spike wimped out in the end.
The end of Buffy and the Naughties, I stopped reading so much and Started to become an adult, Working and moving out of home-made it hard to read so much and making a place in the world and having children replaced that. I still loved my books but I didn’t read as much.
When Harry Potter emerged Reading took off again for a lot of people no longer are witches evil with cackling and ugly bumps on their noses they were cute little kids or amazing beautiful wizards even giants and dragons aren’t so scary anymore. It paved the way for softer Monsters in T.V and Books.
Then of course came Twilight series, Now instead of Scary Vampires with a hint of humanity, Vampires are Sparkly, Glittery families that live off animals and love humans. I admit I have read them and I did love them, but I didn’t like how Vampires are Teddy Bears now. Soft and Cuddly with no bite. I loved the werewolf because they still had their mean protective natures.
Now I have noticed that even zombies are getting the softer Treatment they are evolving from unthinking, Rabid creatures that think only to kill, now are becoming thinking, angry humans that may rot a little, this goes as far as Warm Bodies were they fall in love with a human. So wrong.
Anyway I do have a point to all this, who misses the good old days where monsters were evil with a bit of humanity, not cuddly creatures that we can love and sparkle?
Give Me Eric any day over Bill or Edward.