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The Vampiric Subculture
This really hit a nerve in me. I think Ramsland is on to something here. I am Generation X, from the earlier part of the generation, which started job-hunting in the middle of a Reaganomics-inspired recession and saw all sorts of blows directed at America's communities, not least of which was the youth community, who were victimized simply for being the wrong age.
Most of my friends had divorced and remarried parents; my parents were the only ones that were still together, and I found out later that it was an unhappy marriage. It was also a rather abusive family, but hell, compared to some of my friends, I had it so easy. There were kids in my school coming out of the closet all the time about being beaten or molested, and eating disorders and drug use in my generation were high. So much of that, I think, was due to despair. There were no jobs waiting for us when we graduated (if we graduated), and our elders didn't love us and weren't good role models. There were all these horrible things going on in the world, too -- famines, dwindling rain forests, the Iran/Contra scandal, on and on...nuclear war... The whole world was falling apart around our ears. Even those of us who were sheltered scions of the middle and upper classes didn't have it too easy. You just couldn't escape from the world.
There was no sense of family, no sense of community, except that which we made for ourselves.
I think of this list [The Vampire/Donor Alliance; firstname.lastname@example.org] as my family -- the people on this list are my brothers and sisters and cousins. I am sure there is something to Ramsland's theory that our subcultures give us the community and sense of continuity we lust after, also validation and acceptance for activities that are not accepted in the outside world. Hell, I can also see why the larger communities of vampires (Sabretooth, etc.) are so popular, with their codified behaviours and rules and false antiquity -- I strongly believe that my generation (and the generation after it, the so-called "millenial kids" or "superpredators" depending on whether you approach an optimist or a pessimist...these would be the kids born after 1980 or 1985) needs a sense of tradition. Our old traditions and ways of life have gone out the window, most of us no longer follow the exact same faith that our parents did, we're cast adrift without an anchor and many of us feel a need to stop the sense of pitching and yawling that being adrift gives us. Hence, all these fake "traditions" that seem mostly cribbed from White Wolf Vampire games. Fake antiquity is to many people better than no antiquity at all. The urge to conform is a strong one, and conformity often is best reinforced by a sense of continuity or history. Tradition is what holds communities together. It's a sort of ritual. Humans are pack animals, it seems. Time to trot out the "traditions," they make people feel better...
Oh, what an interesting time we live in.
Eerie America TV Series
Eerie America could very well be called The Fodors Travel Guidebook for The Addams Family. I read some in-depth information about the show and saw the promo, and from what I can tell, this will be an absolutely AWESOME series if they can get it off the ground. (I'm actually praying they will.) Let others know and see who can help. This is something that should happen! Let's pull together and make it so!
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