Difference and the Vampire in Popular Culture
Chapter 5: The Vampire in Neverland: Nostalgia and Becoming-Child
Chapter 5 The Vampire in Neverland: Nostalgia and Becoming-Child Returning to Let Me In, we see Owen watching Father as he leaves the apartment building to dispose of the body of Abby’s victim that she left in a nearby subway. Father once again bungles this procedure and, although he manages to dispose of the body, it is in a place where it will be soon dis- covered. The scene then cuts to the following morning and shows Owen as he finds the Rubik’s cube that he gave Abby previously, now placed on the snow-covered climbing frame. The puzzle has been completed, and later in the film it is shown that the vampire has a penchant for puzzle solving, intimating that she has equally managed to ‘solve’ Owen just as she has the Rubik’s cube. The setting changes to night-time, and Owen and Abby meet at the climbing frame again. This is when she tells Owen her name. Now that she has eaten, she no longer smells, and she looks clean and healthy once more. Owen then asks how old she is, to which she says, ‘Twelve … more or less. How old are you?’ and he replies, ‘Twelve years, eight months, and nine days’ (Reeves 2010). This fragment examples the conflicting poles within the configura- tion of the child vampire as Owen and Abby are both the same age, and yet one of them is hundreds of years older than the other. The porosity of age, and indeed ageing, within...
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