Actually, vampires are NOT fictional creatures, they're LEGENDARY creatures, as are werewolves! There's a big difference between fiction and legend:
Fiction is completely made up.
Legend is a non-historical and unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical. While in the main these are accepted as fiction (and tend to be), the difference is that there are people who will explicitly believe them, whether out of religious affiliation or just because they choose to.
Like most legendary creatures, vampires have defining characteristics that make them recognizable. Mermaids are half woman, half fish. Selkies have seal skins. Centaurs are half human, half horse. Fauns are half human, half goat. Ghosts are the spirits or souls of dead people. Zombies are the mindless, reanimated corpses of dead people with a hunger for human flesh. Werewolves are people who, against their will, turn into a ferocious, terrifying beast every full moon. Vampires are frightening, nocturnal, unholy and undead creatures of the night, they have fangs and they feed off the blood of others. While there is room for creativity within those limits, ignoring them completely is a no-no. "Creativity" and "Fiction" do not justify completely ignoring the archetypal vampire when creating supposedly vampiric characters.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH STEFFIE'S VAMPS? EditFor centuries, vampires have been associated with darkness, decay, horror, and any other scary thing you can think of. Since people need some explanation for why a normal, diurnal human being would suddenly be active only at night, most Vampires have some form of serious aversion to the sun. As a result of a misconception from many watching the 1922 silent movie Nosferatu, the majority of vampires burn to death (whether through melting or spontaneous combustion). The vampires in the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, burn in the sun and sometimes burst into flames. Some, such as in the Japanese novel series Vampire Hunter D, are described as entering a comatose state during the daylight hours. Others, due to heightened senses, simply have difficulty with bright light in general. Bram Stoker's vampires dislike sunlight because it weakens their powers. Serbian and Balkan vampires, being spirits, are believed to enter the spirit world during the day. Looking sparkly, however, does not constitute a serious impediment to normal daytime activity, and thus does not fall into this category.
While it may not constitute a serious impediment to normal daytime activity, it does have another side effect, which is to take the emphasis off of the fear and horror that forms such a vital part of the vampire archetype and to turn them instead into something a four-year-old would want to put in her bedroom. Edward tells Bella that "this is the skin of a killer" while sparkling in the sun, it is very hard to take him seriously. Meyer has turned a feared mythical creature into a laughingstock, and that's the truth.
Now, not all vampires are seriously harmed by the sun (Blade, Queen Akasha, Lestat de Lioncourt, Alucard, Karin Maaka, Selene from the Underworld movies, Prince Malus from The Vampire Prince, the Vampire Knight vampires.) Even Bram Stoker's Dracula appears in daylight a few times, though it does not seem to be his preference. However these characters are remaining within reasonable limits for vampiric behavior in other ways (such as actually being dangerous,) and while they may not be damaged by the sun, it also does not cause them to develop natural body glitter.
WHAT ABOUT MAGIC REALISM?! IF LATIN AMERICAN AUTHORS CAN USE IT, WHY CAN'T STEFFIE? Edit
According to Wikipedia, magic realism is a genre in literature in which magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality. These magical elements are explained like normal occurrences that are presented in a straightforward manner which allows the "real" and the "fantastic" to be accepted in the same stream of thought.
First of all, Twilight does not have magic realism. At all. It's pure fiction, because sparkly vampires are not normal in their world, and therefore the Cullens must hide from the sun. If everyone knew the Cullens are sparkly vampires, and people were okay about it, that would be magic realism.
And please, please tell me you're not trying to compare García Márquez or Borges with
a talentless hack Stephenie Meyer. Just... no.
BUT I LIKE THEM PRETTY!!!Edit
There's nothing wrong with having a beautiful vampire. There are many vampire novels that feature beautiful vampires (Bram Stoker's Dracula and the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, for example). The problem is not physical beauty, but rather than the physical beauty is not explained, and serves no real purpose. Meyerpires do not need their physical beauty to attract their prey, since they are sufficiently fast and strong that no action the victim takes can possibly be relevant. According to Edward, it actually serves the opposite purpose to the one it is supposedly intended to serve: the unnatural appearance makes humans uncomfortable and drives them away. The only reason for their beauty is that it makes them more
to Stephenie's liking Mary Sue/Gary Stuish.
BUT IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE ROMANTIC!!!!!!!!! <3 !!! U PEASANTS!!! Edit
Romance can take place without unearthly good looks. In fact, romances founded on nothing but unearthly good looks, like the Twilight series often come across as shallow and pathetic. Meanwhile real, powerful loves that can or could survive the disfigurement of one or both parties (a well known example is Bill Weasley in Harry Potter) because they're founded on something deeper make for genuine and compelling stories. Meyer should try it some time, though the necessity of providing actual character depth may make it too far out of her league to even attempt.
As for Werewolves....
She destroyed those too. (Ugh, Meyerwolves.)
True werewolves are humans who, without their choice, are forced to be turned into a vicious beast that tears up any and everything it can get to on nights of the full moon. Until, of course, one gets to Meyerwolves, which kill any and all hope anyone could have for true folktale creatures in
that talentless hack's Meyer's writing.
Also, they're not just overgrown wolves. They have hand-like paws, glowing eyes, and vicious fangs. Meyerwolves look like big cuddly bears (not that we have anything against them) and pretty humiliating. They lose rational toughts (Although there are exceptions).
The curse is spread either by:
- Being bitten
- Being cursed
- Your parents are werewolves
- Or a magic belt
But in Twishite, werewolves just appear for no reason.