Vampires and Witches and their evolution in popular media.
I love delving into the psyche of people. Particularly those who tell me (and yes I know someone in particular) that Vampire are a mere shadow of their former being. Sure, literature has seen an evolution in the beings we call vampires, but I like to think that’s a good thing.
In 1976 Ann Rice released Interview With A Vampire on an unsuspecting public. Since then we’ve seen Angel, Acheron (do I really have to tell you who he is??) and of course, the Count on Sesame Street. Each of these pivotal characters have helped to reshape our understanding of vampires.
See, without such evolution, nothing changes. Nothing stays the same and we read the same old every day. Now does that sound inspiring to you?
But witches have also had the opportunity to experience a similar evolution.
Think back to Salem. That was only a couple of hundred years ago when we were burning or dunking them. Yeah… But in popular media there has been a change coming. Glinda from Wizard of Oz is one of the earliest in popular media to perpetrate the concept that not all witches are evil.
Since then, there has been an amazing array of books and movies that have pushed those boundaries further. Look at Charmed, Bewitched and of course, we can’t forget Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter. All of these have helped in the growth of witches from two dimensional bad women to strong and well defined heroines.
Now I’m willing to bet, your wondering what this has to do with the Illuminated Witch, right?
Javed is not ancient, but he is refined in a way that can only happen with centuries of existence. He’s respectful (sexy) and well educated (Did I also say sexy?)
But one thing he can’t have is humanity and a partner. Why? Because he’s a modern well adjusted man who just happens to be a vampire. That is until he meets Celina and everything he thinks he knows changes.
She’s a witch with no idea of what she is, let alone the power that she can control. Of course, nothing is simple in this world. If it was it wouldn’t be believable, would it?
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed my potted version of how media has changed the concepts of witches and humans. This is a major topic (and yes there have actually been studies looking into this…
If you like vampires and witches then you might just like…
… The Illuminated Witch.