Magazine February 8, 2010, Issue

Defanged

(Roman Genn)
Once upon a time, the living dead were scary

A trailer for the new movie Daybreakers invites us to “ima­gine a world where almost everyone is a vampire.”

That shouldn’t be too hard. It seems like we’re already living in one.

Vampires are everywhere. At the start of 2010, the four novels in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series ranked Nos. 2, 4, 5, and 9 on USA Today’s list of bestsellers. They’ve held spots in this range for a couple of years — it might be said that they’ve refused to die — and recently they’ve spawned a pair of films that have grossed more than half a billion dollars combined. More are

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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