While teen romance saga Twilight and Netflix horror Midnight Mass don’t seem too similar, their vampires share one thing in common.
It May Not Look Like Netflix’s Horror Hit Midnight Mass much borrowed from dusk saga, but one of the show’s biggest twists has already been touched on in Stephenie Meyers’ teen romance franchise. all in front, Midnight Mass doesn’t seem to have much in common with dusk. Granted, the Netflix miniseries features the same blood-sucking mythological creature as the previous hit teen movie franchise, but Midnight Massvampires owe more to Salem Bundle than the story of Edward and Bella.
Or so it would seem at first glance. A closer examination of the two texts reveals that dusk and Midnight Mass the two share an unusual twist on standard vampire mythology, albeit for very different reasons. While it is unlikely that Midnight Mass was directly inspired by such a fundamentally divergent saga, it’s still undeniable that dusk made one of the series’ most interesting subversive twists first.
The revelation that vampires can actually control their bloodlust and choose not to live off humans if they wish was a shocking twist in Midnight Masscorn dusk used the same logic years earlier with the saga’s “good” vampires, who only drink animal blood. Granted, the saga’s vampires are supposedly “vegetarian” to make them less threatening to reader and small-town teenager Bella Swan, duskthe infamous passive protagonist, while, in Midnight Mass, the fact that vampires don’t need to give in to their bloodlust plays into the larger critique of groupthink and fundamentalism. However, the basic premise still works the same, with one major caveat.
In dusk, the fact that vampires can survive sunlight and don’t need to drink human blood for sustenance means that they don’t necessarily have to do anything bad to live and don’t have no need to hide during the day. This makes them sullen, brooding and misunderstood, but in no way bad or dangerous (prompting a screenwriter working duskfirst draft script to add a lot of violence and amp up the plot conflict). It means that duskVampires are great for a teen romance saga, but not particularly scary or tragic as characters in a horror story. On the other hand, the leeches of Midnight Mass face a different and darker dilemma.
While the vampires of Midnight Mass don’t have to give in to their bloodlust, as proven by Riley’s parents who resist their hunger and refuse to kill innocent humans, they die in contact with the sun. So the vampires of Midnight Mass cannot live a full or worthwhile human life and are instead doomed to hide by day, and there is no reason to believe that they will be able to stave off their hunger forever. Midnight Masslike most vampire stories, is more violent than dusk, and abstaining from drinking human blood does not save the lives of its relatively innocent “good” vampires. The Netflix miniseries is a darker take on the vampire mythos, and the similarities between the two stories are mostly limited to this coincidence. However, dusk did Midnight MassVampiric abstinence first – though that only saved the villains of this previous saga.
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