Television vampire fandom and religion

  • Minja Blom University of Helsinki

Abstract

Popular culture and fandom provide a setting where people can reflect on the questions of life. A television show defines for many of its fans what it means to be human. It also discusses the way things are, and the way they should, or could, be in our reality. In this article the author shows that tele­vision shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Vampire Diaries have made the same kind of impact on their fans. The fan writings of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, True Blood and the Vampire Diaries show that these popular texts, and the communities they have formed, have greatly affected the lives of fans. People have found on their TV screens stories they can get strength and hope from. The vampire shows deal with the supernatural – vampires, werewolves, and witches – and place them in our contemporary world as if they are a natural part of it. Television vampire stories revolve around topics of death, good and evil, and humanity. These stories have created massive fan communities and even life changing fan experiences. The reflections upon existential questions, and the way the shows have empowered fans, make this phenomenon important to study in the context of today’s religions reality.
Keywords: Religion -- Definition, Popular culture, Vampires on television, Fans (Persons), Secularization (Sociology), Media and religion, Internet, Ritual, Implicit religion
Section
Articles
Published
Jan 1, 2013
How to Cite
Blom, M. (2013). Television vampire fandom and religion. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 25. https://doi.org/10.30674/scripta.67430