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Buzz In: Why Do So Many Women Love Vampire Stories?

As you know, the vampire love tale Twilight will hit theaters next Friday Nov. 21 and Variety points out the obvious (especially judging by the, um, enthusiastic crowd that gathered to see Robert Pattinson in San Francisco this week): Twilight will bring out the female viewers in droves. The article continues:

[Twilight author Stephenie] Meyer's dark, young alpha male Edward is likened to the Byronic heroes so popular in romantic literature through the ages. "Vampires, like Byron, are romantic, dangerous and live outside the conventions of society," explains New Orleans lit expert and Rice aficionado Dr. W. Kenneth Holditch.

There is often a darkly sensual aspect to vampire stories, and surely part of the Twilight craze is Meyers's writing, which clearly attracts the ladies, but even in general it seems that women are drawn to vampire tales way more than men are. I would think that men would also love stories laced with sex and blood. Actually, I got to ask for a male perspective on this question from Robert Pattinson himself recently. And I'll tell you his answer. . . soon!

Why do you think this is? If you're a fan of Twilight or other vampire tales, like Charlaine Harris's True Blood books (now a TV series on HBO), what do you like about them?


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