This section refers to people whose beliefs are, well, apparently corny. Ultimately, there is absolutely no form or collection of beliefs that is not parodied somewhere. The lack of spiritual beliefs is also exposed to ridicule, as is spiritual neutrality eg; agnosticism. Specific forms examples follow, but we could probably just go with "everybody" and stop right here.
By Charlie Stross OK, here's an idle thought and a question for you A couple of weeks ago at the British Eastercon I found myself on a panel discussion about vampires.
Hey, I've been trying to get the hell away from being Mr Singularity Guy for years now; what's your problem? Anyway, there I was sitting with Freda Warrington and Jim Butcher, and our moderator opens up by asking, "what makes vampires sexy?
Vampires are not sexy. At least, not in the real world. Desmodus rotundis isn't sexy. Except insofar as small furry rodents that carry rabies aren't as un-sexy as some other obligate haemophages.
Bed bugs are really not sexy.
But if you want maximally not-sexy, it's hard to top Placobdelloides jaegerskioeldithe Hippo Arse Leech. The Hippo Arse Leech is a leech; it sucks blood. Like most leeches, its mouth parts aren't really up to drilling through the armour-tough skin of a hippopotamus, so it seeks out an exposed surface with a much more porous barrier separating it from the juicy red stuff: When arse leeches find somewhere to feed, Dracula antithesis christianity due course happy fun times ensue—for hermaphrodite values of happy fun times that involve traumatic insemination.
Once pregnant, the leeches allow themselves to be expelled by the hippo it's noteworthy that hippopotami spin their tails when they defecate, to sling the crap as far away as possible—possibly because the leeches itch—we're into self-propelled-hemorrhoids-with-teeth territory herewhereupon in the due fullness of time they find another hippo, force their way through it's arse crack, and find somewhere to chow down.
Oh, did I mention that this delightful critter nurtures its young? Yep, the mother feeds her brood until they're mature enough to find a hippo of their own. Guess what she feeds them with. Here 's a video by Mark Siddall, professor of invertebrate zoology at the American Natural History Museum, a noted expert on leeches, describing how he discovered P.
Jaegerskioeldi, just in case you think I'm making this up. By the end of my description Jim and Freda were both So were the audience. And that's when I got to the money shot: Let's leave aside the whole living dead angle a callback to ancient burial traditions in northern climes, where the decay of corpses might be retarded by cold weather: Let's look solely at the vampire motif in modern fiction, where sexy vampires are used as a metaphor for the forbidden lover.
Do we see anything approximating a realistic portrayal of actual blood-drinking organisms? Blood isn't actually very nutritious, so haemophagous parasites tend to be small, specialized, and horrifyingly adapted: If we expanded a real one to human size it'd be a thing of horror, fit to give Ridley Scott or H.
So here we have a seeming paradox: There's an entire sub-genre in which we are expected to temporarily pretend that the smouldering sexy vampire lover isn't actually a hippo arse leech squirming and eager to dig it's jaws into your rectal mucosa.
And now I am shaking my head and wondering, thoughtfully, if I can see any other parasitic life-cycles that are amenable to converting into supernatural fictional tropes?
Your first example being, of course, my use of angler fish sex as a model for unicorns If you are a creationist, the onus is on you to come to terms with why your God saw fit to inflict a parasite like this on hippopotami.Luke Holsinger Thesis Threats Dracula Poses Christianity Bedroom Scene -Communion-Dracula acts as Parody of Christ-Eternal life-Bastardization and antithesis of communion In Bram Stoker's Victorian novel, Dracula, The Count perverts Christian.
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