The topic of the month is scary things, so I sat down and tried to think about some things that frighten me. I had to stop. I got too scared . . .
It's odd, though, that things that terrified people for centuries seem to have morphed into things that are downright attractive. Take the vampire, for example.
Many cultures have legends about beings - the dead or undead, corporeal or in spirit form - who suck blood from the living. Sounds pretty horrible, doesn't it? Early depictions of the vampire on film showed a repulsive creature, one you wouldn't want to run across in a dark alley - or anywhere else!
I know I'd run screaming if I saw him coming after me.
Anne Rice's vampires are attractive, but they are killers nonetheless. Even Louis, with all his angst, slaughters humans.
Nowadays, though, vampires are depicted as attractive, even relatively harmless. Think Edward Cullen from the Twilight films.
Who wouldn't want him sneaking in through her bedroom window?
[Yeah, I know he's way too young for me, but this is fantasy, OK?]
The werewolf has undergone a similar metamorphosis.
When Lon Chaney transformed beneath the full moon, we knew we'd better run and hide or else he'd tear us
limb from limb. He couldn't help himself.
Neither could Professor Remus Lupin, the werewolf in the Harry Potter films. He, too, is a tragic figure, doomed to turn into a monster every month.
Even a man who is pure of heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the moon is shining bright.
Jacob Black, on the other hand, is a hunk, no question. Even in wolf form he comes across as a nice guy in the Twilight films - at least, if you are Bella Swan and not a vampire.
[Yes, I have read Breaking Dawn, but let's not go there. That book creeped me out in ways that are neither fun nor even horror. I mean, the Jacob part was just plain icky.]
So, what do you think? Do vampires and werewolves scare you? Or would you rather date a few?