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The Church and the ‘vampire industry’

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In this video Fr Robert Barron discusses the enduring fascination with vampires in Western popular culture.

Meanwhile, Jake Martin at America magazine criticises the popular HBO series True Blood, which is now screening in Britain on Channel 4:

Is it any wonder that after a century of vampires sweeping across the celluloid we are still left with the same stock, embarrassingly pseudo-sexual portrayals? The continual insistence upon romanticizing and eroticizing the vampire without acknowledging the violence at the genre’s core makes for contrived viewing that appeals primarily to teenage girls or fans of soft-core pornography.

True Blood has very little truth about it. It attempts to follow in the large footsteps of shows like The Sopranos and Six Feet Under by amping up the sex and violence quota while missing the very best things those shows had to offer: smart, artistic and honest work.

For those who want to know more about the origins of what Martin calls the “vampire industry”, Ignatius Insight has a link to the essay “The Catholic Aesthetic in Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Eleanor Bourg Donlon.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 29, 2009 at 2:11 pm

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