Fandom featuring “Fanpires”

Popular Vampire series’ Dracula, Buffy, Twilight, and 50 Shades of Grey have all been prevalent influences for the vampire subculture (aka fanpires). A research report on WordPress blog “fivedotone” explores the way the vampire genre has created fascination and obsession leading to vampire fandom, and has become an iconic phenomenon in popular culture. Vampire fandom became increasingly popular as it began to appear through various mediums. While traditionally there are novels, television, and film – cyberspace has allowed fans to create fan-fiction literature, as well as engage in vampire fashion, music and gaming.

Common values and social structures were reflected in Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula, the most lucrative vampire novel of its time. The character Count Dracula had a sophisticated appeal about him, and created a sense of revolution with regard to everyday relationships and anxieties. Dracula represented themes such as sexuality, gender and race in a progressive world, which audiences could relate to and thus began literary reinterpretations of vampires.

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This clip “Real vampires and the vampire subculture” features the ways that different people appropriate vampire identities. There are people in this actively growing subculture who believe the stories aren’t fictional, and consider themselves real vampires. Not the kind who roam cemeteries, melt in the sun or participate in satanic sacrifices, they are regular people living as contemporary and symbolic representations of vampires. There are different groups of vampires within the subculture – while many adopt the fashion (i.e. clothing, accessories, permanent fang teeth), the most controversial are those who feed on real human blood to acquire energy, and there are actual websites dedicated to finding vampire blood donors. Others absorb energy from the atmosphere or people around them, and dub themselves as psychic vampires. Many fans contribute to fan fiction literature by reworking and rewriting their favourite vampire texts. Fans employ varying levels of semiotic productivity and merchandise that has supported the ongoing fanpire community. Research on fanpires cultural interpretations has demonstrated a strong creative and devoted foundation for the vampire genre to thrive.

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