The Vampire Craze and its Staying Power

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2009 was undisputedly the year of the vampire. From the continued success of the “Twilight” franchise to HBO’s “True Blood” getting so hot that it even spawned its own beverage, vampires don’t appear to be going anywhere. And many different television channels have desperately tried to get a piece of the action, with various history and science programming devoting episodes to various vampire myths and history. Whether it is a cerebral approach to one of the oldest characters in literature and films or just a fabulously entertaining movie or television shows, vampires have definitely made their mark on satellite tv lately.

While the “Twilight” movies aren’t the best for many audiences, they have been very popular with younger viewers, who seem delighted at sparkly vampires who play sports and offer up a chaste version of high school relationships in comparison with a lot of other entertainment. However, most viewers agree that “Twilight” cannot hold a candle to the southern Gothic take on vampires presented on “True Blood.” Based on a book series that imagines a world where vampires have “come out of the coffin” thanks to synthetic blood, “True Blood” was the must-watch program on satellite tv recently and managed to draw millions of viewers each night of its second season. Ladies swoon for a number of lovable vampires and non-vampires, including the ancient but very dreamy in a Nordic way vampire sheriff Eric, the demure southern gentleman turned vampire Bill Compton, and a number of other dreamy humans.

The reason that “True Blood” manages to enjoy such success and has been picked up for a third season is that it is the brainchild of Alan Ball, who is known for creating the equally humorous and dark series “Six Feet Under,” as well as for his role in writing “American Beauty,” the Oscar-winning film. A southerner with a gift for storytelling, Ball manages to take the vampire fad and do one of the most creative and most popular shows on satellite tv, one which will surely continue to endure once the love for all things fanged reaches a waning point.

For those who just cannot get enough of vampires in fiction, there are a number of other options on television, and for once, they aren’t just on during Halloween. The History Channel has a couple of different programs devoted to looking at historical perception of vampires, including the different cultures that share similar beliefs, ways in which the vampire myth terrorized during the Middle Ages, and how it continues to endure today. Since there is such a collective fascination with vampires that dates long before this recent revival, The History Channel does a great job in answering so many questions about why vampires are as popular as they are.

So for all of those vampire-lovers or mere fans who need to find themselves an appropriate substitute on television while waiting for the latest HD hijinks of their favorite vampire film franchise, don’t despair. There are more than enough choices for you, from the informative to the just plain entertaining.

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