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    Joanna Shen

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    Appeal of the Surreal

    Post  Joanna Shen on Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:15 am

    Joanna Shen
    Dazed with the Vampire Craze
    Attractiveness: Blood, Fangs and Pale Skin?
    Appeal of the Surreal

    They're plastered on the side of public buses. Their fashion style has pervaded the boundaries of accepted clothing. Border's has a shrine-like book shelf devoted to their stories and has even gone as far as to create miniature action figures out of them, so teenage girls can whip them out at the drop of a hat and pledge their love to plastic. Society has run amok with fanged creatures of the night, otherwise known as vampires. Girls wreak vengeance on those who dare call themselves Mrs. Edward Cullen, insistent on maintaining the quixotic dream that someday, they will meet a blood-sucking hormonal male to call their own. Could it be an innate characteristic of human nature that attracts us to vampires? Because, of course, a person with deathly pale skin and slightly yellow teeth who could potentially suck you lifeless is very attractive to the average teenager.

    Though we may not all readily admit the fact, the immortality of vampires appeals to us. In our current stage of anxiety, hyperventilation and excitement with what the future holds, it is not unnatural to want time to fulfill all the worldly needs we could possibly have. It is the inability of vampires to die that makes them more than human, elevating themselves on the glorious pedestal of athanasia. In addition, media continues to exalt these creatures by making sure that vampires are only the better-looking half of the public, complete with shampoo-commercial hair and model body figures. Vampires are nearly equivalent to our definition of perfection, holding the precious qualities of eternal life and beauty. We adore their ability to defy the natural boundaries of life that we, dull humans are subject to.

    It is an inherent characteristic of human nature to enjoy seeing reflections of ourselves. As much as we enjoy the all powerful Gods and the destruction they are capable of, they are not characters we can relate to. In other words, we can nitpick the flaws of vampires. Their appeal lies not in their perfection, but their ability to smother their faults and fight temptation. After all, who doesn't want a significant other willing to fight their inner desires and capabilities to stay faithfully by your side? Even their blemishes are easily mistaken for attributes. Just like fashion morphs, the vampire has suffered years of ridicule and disgust to become the adored creature it is today.

    The propaganda and media has done much to fuel the vampire craze. CW's new investment, Vampire Diaries, adapted from a series of four books, details the life of a mortal and demure teenage girl torn between two vampires. Sound slightly similar to a certain series? I thought so too. From the looks of it, vampires are going to be hanging around for a while. Let's just hope we don't start Eclipse-themed proms and creating blood inspired jewelry. Oh wait, too late.

    nancyxiao

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    Re: Appeal of the Surreal

    Post  nancyxiao on Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:04 pm

    Joanna Shen
    Dazed with the Vampire Craze
    Attractiveness: Blood, Fangs and Pale Skin?
    Appeal of the Surreal [i like appeal of the surreal, it gives your article mystique. the other two are obviously about vampires.]

    They're plastered on the side of public buses. Their fashion style has pervaded the boundaries of accepted clothing. Border's has a shrine-like book shelf devoted to their stories and has even gone as far as to create miniature action figures out [delete] of them, [delete comma] so teenage girls can whip them out at the drop of a hat and pledge their love to plastic. Society has run amok with fanged creatures of the night, otherwise known as vampires. Girls wreak vengeance on those who dare call themselves Mrs. Edward Cullen, insistent on maintaining the quixotic dream that someday, they will meet a blood-sucking hormonal male to call their own. Could it be an innate characteristic of human nature that attracts us to vampires? Because, of course, a person with deathly pale skin and slightly yellow teeth who could potentially suck you lifeless is very attractive to the average teenager.

    Though we may not all readily admit the fact, the immortality of vampires appeals to us. In our current stage of anxiety, hyperventilation and excitement with what the future holds, it is not unnatural to want time to fulfill all the worldly needs we could possibly have. It is the inability of vampires to die that makes them more than human, elevating themselves on the glorious pedestal of athanasia. In addition, [insert "the"] media continues to exalt these creatures by making sure that vampires are only [all vampires are in] the better-looking half of the public, complete with shampoo-commercial hair and model body figures [model-like physiques]. Vampires are nearly equivalent to [the modern day equivalence of/the embodiment of] our definition of perfection, holding [; they possess] the precious qualities of eternal life and beauty. We adore their ability to defy the natural boundaries of life that we, dull humans [insert comma] are subject to.

    It is an inherent characteristic of human nature to enjoy seeing reflections of ourselves. As much as we enjoy the all powerful Gods and the destruction they are capable of, they are not characters we can relate to. In other words, we can nitpick the flaws of vampires. Their appeal lies not in their perfection, but their ability to smother their faults and fight temptation. After all, who doesn't want a significant other willing to fight their inner desires and capabilities to stay faithfully by your side? Even their blemishes are easily mistaken for attributes. Just like fashion morphs, the vampire has suffered years of ridicule and disgust to become the adored creature it is today.

    The propaganda and media has done much to fuel the vampire craze. CW's new [newest] investment, Vampire Diaries, adapted from a series of four books, details the life of a mortal and demure teenage girl torn between two vampires. [is adapted from a series of four books and details the life of a demure, mortal, teenage girl torn between two vampires.] Sound slightly similar to a certain series? I thought so too. From the looks of it, vampires are going to be hanging around for a while. Let's just hope we don't start [insert "having"] Eclipse-themed proms and creating blood inspired jewelry. Oh wait, too late.

    Joanna Shen

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    Re: Appeal of the Surreal

    Post  Joanna Shen on Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:05 pm

    They're plastered on the side of public buses. Their fashion style has pervaded the boundaries of accepted clothing. Borders has a shrine-like book shelf devoted to their stories and has even gone as far as to create miniature action figures of them so teenage girls can whip them out at the drop of a hat and pledge their love to plastic. Society has run amuck with fanged creatures of the night, otherwise known as vampires. Girls wreak vengeance on those who dare deny the possible existence of vampires, insistent on maintaining the quixotic dream that someday, they will meet a blood-sucking hormonal male to call their own. Could it be a characteristic of human nature that attracts us to vampires? Because, of course, a person with deathly pale skin and slightly yellow teeth who could potentially suck you lifeless is very attractive to the average teenager.

    Though we may not all readily admit the fact, the immortality of vampires appeals to us. In our current stage of anxiety, hyperventilation and excitement with what the future holds, it is not unnatural to want time to fulfill all the worldly needs we could possibly have. It is the inability of vampires to die that makes them more than human, elevating themselves on the glorious pedestal of eternal youth. In addition, the media continues to exalt these creatures by making sure that vampires are only the better-looking half of the public, complete with shampoo-commercial hair and model-like physiques. Vampires are the modern day equivalence to our definition of perfection, possessing the precious qualities of eternal life and beauty. We adore their ability to defy the natural boundaries of life that we, dull humans are subject to.

    It is an inherent characteristic of human nature to enjoy seeing reflections of ourselves. As much as we enjoy the all powerful Gods and the destruction they are capable of, they are not characters we can relate to. In other words, we can nitpick the flaws of vampires. Their appeal lies not in their perfection, but their ability to smother their faults and fight temptation. After all, who doesn't want a significant other willing to fight their inner desires and capabilities to stay faithfully by your side? Even their blemishes are easily mistaken for attributes. Just like fashion morphs, the vampire has suffered years of ridicule and disgust to become the adored creature it is today. In the era of Dracula, the vampire was feared and scoffed at, forcing them to hide within the confines of dungeons and foreboding castles. The vampire of today is portrayed as a lover with a tormented soul, seeking to break the stereotype of blood-sucking killer set upon them, which gives them an even greater appeal in the public eye.

    The propaganda and media has done much to fuel the vampire craze. CW's newest investment, Vampire Diaries is adapted from a series of four books and details the life of a mortal and demure teenage girl torn between two vampires. Sound slightly similar to a certain series? I thought so too. An already hit series, True Blood on HBO follows a similar plot line. Aside from television series, the world of vampires has also pervaded the world of video games, like Vampire Rain. From the looks of it, vampires are going to be hanging around for a while. Let's just hope we don't start having Eclipse-themed proms and creating blood inspired jewelry. Oh wait, too late.

    emilyyang

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    Re: Appeal of the Surreal

    Post  emilyyang on Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:47 am

    They’re plastered on the side of public buses. Their fashion style has pervaded the boundaries of accepted clothing. Borders has even gone as far as to create miniature action figures of them so teenage girls can whip them out at the drop of a hat and pledge their love to plastic. Society has run amuck with fanged creatures of the night, otherwise known as vampires. Girls wreak vengeance on those who dare deny the possible existence of vampires, insistent on maintaining the quixotic dream that someday, they will meet a blood-sucking hormonal male to call their own. Could it be a characteristic of human nature that attracts us to vampires? Because, of course, a person with deathly pale skin and slightly yellow teeth who could potentially suck you lifeless is very attractive to the average teenager.
    Though we may not all readily admit the fact, the immortality of vampires appeals to us. In our current stage of anxiety with what the future holds, it is not unnatural to want time to fulfill all the worldly needs we could possibly have. It is the inability of vampires to die that makes them more than human, elevating themselves on the glorious pedestal of eternal youth. In addition, the media continues to exalt these creatures by making sure that vampires are only the better-looking half of the public, complete with shampoo-commercial hair and model-like physiques. Vampires are the modern day equivalence to our definition of perfection, possessing the precious qualities of eternal life and beauty. We adore their ability to defy the natural boundaries of life that we, dull humans are subject to.
    It is an inherent characteristic of human nature to enjoy seeing reflections of ourselves. As much as we admire the all powerful Gods and the destruction they are capable of, they are not characters we can relate to. In other words, we can nitpick the flaws of vampires. Their appeal lies not in their perfection, but their ability to smother their faults and fight temptation. Even their blemishes are easily mistaken for attributes. Just like fashion morphs, the vampire has suffered years of ridicule and disgust to become the adored creature it is today. In the era of Dracula, the vampire was feared and scoffed at, forcing them to hide within the confines of dungeons and foreboding castles. The vampire of today is portrayed as a lover with a tormented soul, seeking to break the stereotype of blood-sucking killer set upon them, which gives them an even greater appeal in the public eye.
    The propaganda and media has done much to fuel the vampire craze. CW’s newest investment, Vampire Diaries details the life of a mortal and demure teenage girl torn between two vampires. An already hit series, True Blood on HBO follows a similar plot line. Aside from television series, the world of vampires has also pervaded the world of video games, like Vampire Rain. From the looks of it, vampires are going to be hanging around for a while. Let’s just hope we don’t start having Eclipse-themed proms and creating blood inspired jewelry. Oh wait, too late.

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