Creating New Myths: Octavia Butler’s Fledgling as a Deconstruction of the Vampire Figure
Keywords:Vampire, deconstruction, science fiction, futuristic vision
Octavia Butler’s novel Fledgling is an interesting blend of vampire fiction and science fiction. Unlike traditional vampire narratives that centre on the vampire as the ‘demonic Other’, Fledgling presents a new vampire ideologically reconstructed. While early vampire narratives focused on portraying vampires as supernatural evil figures, the vampiric figure in Fledgling is more humanised and founded on contemporary socio-cultural contexts. The demonization of the vampire parallels with that of the blacks. Butler brings in a new perspective through deconstructing the traditional white male vampire into a black female one. The framework of science fiction enables Butler to deconstruct the vampire narrative in a new light, incorporating real concerns and issues. The paper titled “Creating New Myths: Octavia Butler’s Fledgling as a Deconstruction of the Vampire Figure” is an attempt to analyse Butler’s construction of the vampire as opposed to the traditional ones.