Vampires in Pop-Culture

Vampires in Pop-Culture

Vampires are my favorite folklore creature/entity. I’ve mentioned this before, I think. But regardless! I have always loved vampire myth, folklore, and fiction. — I mean real vampires. The ones that are somewhat terrifying, that have folklore behind them. The ones that stick to what a vampire is: a terrifying creature of the night, sometimes (especially in Victorian times) seductive–but never stupid or a joke.

So, when I heard about the Castlevania series on Netflix, I was extremely excited.

Yes, now is where I admit that I’m no gamer; and I had no clue that Konami had made…like 20? games about this. I learned that last week, after watching the series. Sorry!

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The Vampire

(The German version is here)

I have always been interested in the vampire. It is, and has been, my favorite mythological figure. Partially because of three things: blood, death, and the human soul.

And of course there is the media portrayal, especially Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I read Dracula when I was 7 years old, and thereafter I read everything I could find about vampires. Most of it was literature, but there was some mythology as well. Most interesting for me was the Slavic mythology, which discussed vampires. I remember reading a story linking the vampire with butterflies.

Another creature tied to vampires is spiders–which for me is terrible. I’m arachnophobic, so I hate spiders. My opinion, spiders should not be connected to vampires. However, they are also tied to wolves or dogs, which I can accept. Or, more popularly, bats.

Most important of the vampires is Vlad the Impaler. Also interesting is Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess. For my interests though, I find Dracula, Vlad, more in order. Because of my history interest, I read a lot about Wallachia and Romania.

(a short article today, as I am extremely sick…I’ll try to write more next time)

Butterflies and the Soul

Butterflies and the Soul

Butterflies fall under the broad category for me of “bugs”, or those creatures that are icky and bug-ish that I dislike. Now, they aren’t as bad as spiders (I’m severely arachnophobia, as in, I have a full-blown panic attack if anyone even mentions the damned things around me, or even jokes about them being in a room), but I don’t like bugs or insects at all. Insects bother me. Flying ones, crawling ones, walking ones, squirming ones…they all bother me. I don’t even like butterflies. Even though people say I should, since they’re, and I quote “pretty”.

But, even if they are “pretty” bugs/insects/whatever the technical term is, I don’t like them. I never have. Butterflies remind me of moths, and moths remind me of mothballs, and mothballs remind me of dust, and dust collects in webs, and webs are spider webs. And word-associations of any kind with insects lead me inevitably to spiders. Ugh.

Sorry, that got me off-track. Now back on topic again. 🙂

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