Notes on Max’s Presentation + Discussion
Analysis of “Self Portrait as a Vampire Trying to Read Twilight on a Cross Country Flight” by
➢ The title of the piece includes a direct reference to the Twilight series
➢ A subtle vampire reference towards the end of the poem: “the taste of blood?”
➢ The narrator references “this book” … Twilight. Is the narrator reading the novel solely
out of boredom?
➢ How much do we know about the narrator?
o They are frustrated with how twilight portrays their kind
o They are going somewhere
o “Eternal headache” ?
Humor (as an effect)
➢ Twilight was and is lampooned for its unique vampire mythology
➢ Imagine vampires actually exist, and they more akin to Dracula as portrayed by Bela
Lugosi, and they see the series being published
➢ This affects how the reader views the narrator and looks at the text
➢ The vampire is intrigued at the very end by the intensifying of the smell of blood around
o “Pulses quicken, backs straighten. whisper: burning, my darlings, burning”
o Is the vampire sadistic in some ways?
➢ Language - “every story gets it wrong about you…it’s the living that slices and crawls
o Do humans, from their perspective, make it hard to be a member of the undead in
the modern world?
➢ Cross country plane ride eternal life of vampire
➢ Marriage in shambles remind a vampire of their lost loves?
➢ Physical journey on a plane life journey?
➢ Does the language in the poem reveal this, or is it implied? direct vs. indirect language
➢ Is the crossword puzzle a metaphor for a failing relationship/marriage?
➢ Does the vampire see their prior selves in the couple?
o Does their undead nature make them a target for social judgment?
o In the world of the poem, are vampires common? akin to the film Daybreakers?
Dissonance (as an effect)