I've spent years trying to play around with the Vampire genre to write a story that was less about Vampires and more about people. The garlic thing, I believe came about because garlic is supposed to be a coagulant as well, which would make it harder (allegedly) for the vampire to feed. My Vampire character finds it amusing and goes out of his way to sample it whenever he can. The theory I work with on killing a Vampire is that all the reconstructive receptors filter from the brain, so total decapitation, or complete severance of the spine and arteries, will kill, as will complete cremation. The shock of a blow through the heart could do it, but isn't always fatal, especially if the weapon is then removed. (Always good for the scary comeback scene!)
I must admit I always believed that the business with silver bullets applied more to werewolves than vampires; the mythical connection between silver and the moon being the obvious reason. I love to mock the old "quivering crucifix held up to repel the Vampire" scenes though. The Vamps are just laughing! "Come off it! Everyone knows you're an aetheist! HE doesn't care if I juice you till the pips come out!"
Cheers for the review tho, I was going to watch 30 Days but I reckon I'll wait for the DVD release.
I agree with you on 30 Days of Night, but you made a mistake. The vampires didn't kill the dogs it was the drifter that was why the knife was used. :)
I haven't seen 30 Days of Night but I've seen and/or read a lot of things about vampires that don't go along with anything else. I hate how the vampires "sparkle" in the Twilight series. Its soooo ridiculous.
Enjoyed your analysis of the vampire genre, it is true writing a vampire story is in my mind difficult at best. You try not to fall into the pre-established pitfalls that have plagued this form ever since the beginning. I saw parts of 30 days and it was not a great film, good for gore but was more of a slasher flick, I may be biased, I like more traditional vampires, the elegance, the mystique and hell the attitude. As you mentioned in your article about vampires and silver and holy symbols, the most believable reason I can find come from “Dracula 2000” while it is a kinda bad movie…Jeri Ryan does make it bearable. Sorry I digress it is explained in the movie that Dracula the first ever vampire was in fact Judas Iscariot. Hence the 30 pieces of silver that he was paid, the cross for betraying Jesus, and the sun because as explained in the movie he took his life and as the rose he died.
You keep writing …we’ll keep reading
Garlic is a natural anti-coagulant. One author, I think it was MaryJanice Davidson (Queen Betsy series), said that vamps can't/won't drink from people who've eaten alot of garlic because the person's blood wouldn't clot as well. Another author, Jeaniene Frost, has one of her vamps tell a woman how he loves it when his donors eat garlic because it flavors the blood so well.
I put in a short story I wrote that breathing garlic essence made the vamp's blood run too freely and one character bled out from being punched in the face. It didn't kill the character directly but it did weaken him enough that the heroine of the story was able to behead him.
Depends on what angle you take, but, there are several 'reasons' for silver to work
IF you take the religious angle, it could be Judas, and the 30 pieces of silver.
Silver, especially colloidal silver, is an antiseptic. If vampirism is a disease, then, the silver could clear up the infection, and since that is the animus for the vampire, it results in 'death'.
Silver is also a 'pure' metal. If a vampire is an abomination, then, purity will clear away the 'corruption'.
You know, I agree that the creepiest vampire stories are the ones that are more believable. The problem with almost all vampire stories, even the semi-believable ones, is how powerful vampires are supposed to be.
Let's face it, if vampires were as tough as they're typically portrayed, and they can reproduce so easily, and they're at least as smart as the average human, and they've been around since before the renaissance; they should be in charge instead of us weak humans.
Some good points there, as to the silver vulnerability, perhaps it would be akin to the natural properties of the metals. Take for instance the fact that copper acts like am anti-bacterial due to its natural magnetic (and believed other various) properties. Candyland143, author of the Keira Shadow: Vampire Hunter. Series in site, has her vamps to where wood has no real effect, and also sunlight isn't a factor...(SPF or otherwise) which made sense as I though about it. I mean,..not likely vampires would innately transmit some super version of porpheria upon bite. The aforementioned author, she had her "Hunter" use metal spikes that'd been blessed. Used directly into th heart. Taking into assumption "Keira's" faith, and that silver is known to act as copper does...these x old reasonably be effective undead, asskicking tools. Definitely recommend Candyland143 series there, (not just cuz her "Hunter" pops these out a la Assassin's Creed wrist blades, either)
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