Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tossing It Out Tuesday: Myth or Reality?
Why is vampirism considered to be "romantic"? If you really think about it, sucking the blood of another human seems rather perverse--to me at least. The true vampires of mythology were pretty horrid, disgusting creatures. In recent depictions those negative perceptions have been tossed out in favor of the brooding beautiful vampire. Which depiction should really be tossed out? Are these supernatural creatures of modern lore healthy for our young people to be embracing?
When I was young I was a big fan of horror movies. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and other monsters of those days were spooky, but not really graphic. Blood was rarely seen and much of the time killing was off-camera. Somewhere in the 50s or 60s things began to take on more reality. By the 70s special effects started achieving highly realistic levels. There has been no turning back since that time.
Today's younger generations take gore and graphic violence for granted. They also have an open minded acceptance for supernatural realms that once might have been considered to be of a dubious nature. There are some styles, entertainment trends, and philosophical or spiritual outlooks that parents might want ask if they want their children to be embracing. Should any of this be tossed out? Or is it all just harmless fun?