Vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters are becoming icons on TV today as fans drool over their favourite supernatural characters in shows like ‘The Vampire Diaries’, ‘True Blood’ and ‘Being Human’.

A trend started clearly by Twilight-hack-cough-double hack-mania, which doesn’t seem to be grinding to a fang’s halt anytime soon, audiences seem to be glamoured recently to take the plunge with these fascinating creatures, living out their sad, cursed (and very much scripted)  lives out on the fringes of the fictional community towns they exist in.

Who doesn’t feel a twinge of regret for Tyler, the werewolf from ‘Vampire Diaries’ who must leave Mystic Falls to find his fur…er, I mean himself, or get pangs of regret when Annie, the ghost from ‘Being Human’ can’t reconcile herself with her own death?

I do and I’m sure a lot of you out there care as well.

So what is it about supernatural creatures i.e above that have grabbed us by the jugular time and time again, no matter how their stories are told through the generations?

I mean it’s been close to a century since King Kong was made and yet, here we are , in 2011, still gripped by the spooky, scary and the unknown.

We’re still fascinated by creatures that can’t seem to control their supernatural urges and at times we even (gasp!) emphathise.

So is it because these creatures are vulnerable to their curses, recognising them as weaknesses that each of us also possess or is it because we wish we had these very same accursed powers?

Well, to be honest, I believe it’s both and it is this constant dilemma between the perspectives of weak and strong that help us identify so much with them because they reflect our human condition.

Perhaps by our unconscious adulation of these supernatural beings, we are paying homage to ourselves as humans and everything that makes us a unique species; mind, body and soul.

That’s probably why every generation has their own version of these creatures and their accompanying tales.

Maybe it is through their preservation that we are trying to preserve ourselves I guess.

However, for now, I’m content to just be entertained, relishing and reveling in all the blood that is being spilled onscreen for global mass media consumption.

I can’t think of a more ‘fang-tastic’ way to spend TV nights on my couch, don’t you think?


About thejellyfarm

In real life, I am a television writer and producer...er no...scratch...a television director....noo, scratch....a media loser.....wait, that doesn't sound quite insulting enough....... OK, ahem. In real life, I'm an idiot box expert with a penchant for the creative. In short, I'm a loser with no focus or direction in life. I just go where the creative flow takes me. Mostly it takes me to clogged up drains and stinky oceans but it's going.......going.....somewhere. And this blog is an expression of that mindblowing roadblock. Creative frustration is a great motivator and here is a result of that.

Posted on May 13, 2011, in Entertainment (Music/TV/Films), Supernatural, Unexplained and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is embarrassing but I was a fan of the Twilight books when they first came out. Then I saw the first two films and realised the error of my ways. It is terrible.

    But I still LOOOOOOOVE Anne Rice’s vampire novels, and I love True Blood (books and TV). There’s just something about vampires that are alluring and interesting, maybe they represent the darker side of all of us that we know should not be unleashed, but oh wouldn’t it be fun if it were!

    • thejellyfarm

      I am a fan of anything crime-based, mythical and supernatural so welcome to the club, kirsten! I also love Anne Rice’s novels as well as gothic writer, Edgar Allan Poe’s stuff.

      I think in all fairness the first Twilight book was not bad. It was the second and third that I couldn’t stomach mainly because as a feminist, I felt Bella character was two-timing and spineless. It took me a month to get through those 2 books having set them for a few days after every 10 to 15 pages as I felt the writing was so bad with gaping plotholes and characters that didn’t seem to go anywhere.

      The movies proved my point 🙂

      True Blood and Vampire Diaries, now those series are so well done that I’m curious about getting the books now. I especially have a huge crush on Tyler, the werewolf from Vampire Diaries and Eric from True Blood. Va va voom!

  2. Watch out for yet another series, Teen Wolf, a remake from the 80’s michael j fox film. but more torment, less light-hearted.

  3. I have all the Charlaine Harris books. To be perfectly honest, they’re a little bit trashy, but I love them all the same. It’s like my version of watching soap operas. And I LOVE ERIC VERY MUCHLY. Which is why I am very excited for this new season. If they follow the books (as they seem to have been doing loosely so far) it will be a very good Eric season indeed. *happy*

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