Has Twilight Revamped the Vampire?

breaking_dawncoverThere’s a super article up on how Twilight changed the way we now look at vampires.

“Sparkling bodies aside, when Twilight came out, vampires were starting to be seen as something other than evil. They were tortured souls that didn’t ask for their fates. They were human beings that happened to be dead. They had feelings, loved ones, and a desire to be human again. Stephenie Meyer crossed a line that was never crossed before, if it was, it didn’t have the same impact as her story had. For the first time, a human fell in love with a monster… a conceptual Beauty and the Beast story, except this time the beast stays a beast. Bella had to learn to love Edward, though it wasn’t hard, and had to except him for the undead being that he was. In the same token, Edward had to take every bit of strength he had not to kill her.

Along with putting vampires in a better light, Twilight also paid homage to the werewolf, shape-shifter actually, showing that they were aggressive but very protective of family, friends, loved ones, and members of their tribe. Though werewolves could practically match the strengths of a vampire and could actually kill them, Twilight brought the two together by spinning a tale of love that was strong enough for them to risk their lives and work together.”

There’s some really good though here. Check it out on Suite 101


  1. There’s no doubt that Twilight is a major milestone in the pop culture evolution of vampires and has opened up what a vampire story can be. Twilight is the most significant vampire franchise since Buffy.

    Twilight is influential even in catalyzing an anti-Twilight reaction of more inhuman and monstrous vampires. Not to mention there would be many fewer vampire projects of all kinds in books, television, movies, and video games were it not for Twilight. So even Twi-haters should thank Stephenie Meyer.

    As for vampires burning in the sun, they didn’t – neither in literature nor folklore – until Nosferatu, and you won’t find an obviously fanged cinematic vampire outside of Nosferatu until the 50s. So in a sense Twilight has restored some aspects of tradition.

  2. EverythingRemindsMeofTwilight says:

    This was a really fantastic article that really sums up so much of Twilight’s effect–and my own personal experience with it. Thanks for directing me to it! As always, you guys are the best!

  3. “For the first time, a human fell in love with a monster… a conceptual Beauty and the Beast story…”

    I’m confused – Buffy and Angel don’t count? Or Buffy and Spike? I get the feeling that this author isn’t particularly familiar with the Buffy-verse.

  4. smitten_by_twilight says:

    I’m confused too … Meyer has definitely changed and updated vampire lore, but humans and vampires were falling in love in Anne Rice’s vampire novels, which date to 1976. While I haven’t seen many vampire movies outside the Twilight series, it has also been my impression that love/lust relationships between vampires and beautiful women was a big part of vampire movies. Any Dark Shadows fans out there?
    “Didn’t have the same impact…” Every generation discounts what happened in previous generations. Rice’s books were HUGE. The casting controversy over the first movie (Rice had not retained any creative control over the movies) was HUGE. Whether or not you specifically knew of Rice’s vampires, they were and are part of our culture’s creative subconscious. I love Meyer’s vampires – I appreciate the ways in which they differ from their predecessors – but I don’t exaggerate.

  5. i have been telling people on the internet for months. and i am going to say it again. NO twilight did not de-fang the vampire. Twilight was never really about vampirs, only vampire elemants but our vampires were about shairing the true love and emotinal connections. Seriously people need to stop complaining if people want to see vampires with fangs and sex and buring into the sun they can go watch true blood or the vampire dairies

    My god i am having a bad day with theses stories about twilight not being good for out kids. Twilight forces kids to have sex. Twilight makes kids become more violent. THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    twilight was and even though it’s slowing down, twilight is the best story that was ever told because this story has morals very good morals and it touches peoples souls. It touched me very deeply

  6. I’m greatful that a series like Twilight came along and made me look at the vampire myth in a different way. Meyer’s vampires were not just creatues of the night,they were richly developed characters,each with interesting back stories. Although the Cullens are vampires,they are a family that wants to protect it’s members at all costs. I think that’s why the series has such a huge appeal,because that’s something that anyone can relate to. Every character the reader is introduced to and then learn their past,you can momentarily forget they are vampires. This was one of times that doesn’t happen very often in vampire stories,is that the reader goes behind the scenes into a vampires life. They tell the reader everything-what it feels like to drink blood,how they cope with what they are. All of these elements makes an interesting story and the Twilight series did that for me.

  7. It was nice to read, but the NPR article it linked to was fantastic! My favorite line,

    “‘This is the central question of so many vampire novels and films, ‘ says Amy Smith, a professor of English at the University of the Pacific. ‘If you had power over people, how would you use it? ‘We can do what we want’ vs. ‘We were human, how can you treat humans as if they were cattle?””

  8. I’m just having trouble with the article because of the jarringly obvious misuse of the word “except.”

    • Right there with you on that! Just makes me want to scream when someone I would think would know better makes this kind of grammatical error.

    • J.R Ward who writes the Black Dagger brotherhood series has an interesting twist on vampire mythology. Her vampires do in fact have fangs, long sharp scary looking ones, but they only drink from each other, males from females, females from males, of course they don’t drain each other. They can drink from humans and/or animals but eventually they would become so weak that they would die. This series is seriously erotic, not for tweens (although I’m sure plenty of tweens have read them). When a male mates with his female the need to drink from her is part of the sexual attraction. There are other interesting ‘species’ that cause conflicts and make for some very spicy pairings as well. I highly recommend these to mature audiences. LOL

    • smitten_by_twilight says:

      Absolutely with you! I just see so many grammar and spelling errors that I get tired of pointing them out ….

  9. Twilight is so much more than a vampire/werewolf story. First and foremost it is a love story, it is a story of the importance of family, of sacrifice for what one believes in, of making hard choices, of making mistakes and growing as a result, it’s a story of friendship. The fact that there are vampires and shapeshifting wolves just kicks the eternal themes ‘up a notch’ (or ten)! The Cullens are the very epitome of all that is good, overcoming nearly overwhelming odds to be better than they might be. Sweet Cheezits, read the damn books!

  10. Bonnie Goodlin says:

    After seeing these Twilight movies , I started to read more. I found Breaking Dawn and loved it.
    I had to read more!
    I found Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning.


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