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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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NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
It's a fetish- fantasy, for all the reasons above.
jessie jessie 8 years
vampires are usually bad boys....and i don't know about you ladies...but i like "bad boys"! plus i've read lots of erotic vampire novels.....damn...the sex is good in those books...makes me wish i was the woman in them! ;) :rotfl:
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 8 years
I have always adored vampire stories starting from my early teen days of reading Anne Rice. Vampires are generally portrayed as attractive erotic creatures and it's easy to be drawn into such a romanticized world. I think the Twilight series/movie would have appealed to me several years ago when I was in high school but not so much right now.
geebers geebers 8 years
I am on the second book in this series- I cannot stand the two characters but yet I am compelled to read because the books are so bad they are good. They are mindless drivel that you equate to reading celeb gossip or something equally mindless and unintellectual. Buffy and Angel are quality shows that show strong women and not weak always need rescuing types like the lead in Twilight. Despite this, I will probably watch the movie cuz it seems fun. Anyway I do have a thing for vampires- but I can blame Buffy for that- no other tv/book has made me love vampires the way she did.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I love vampire stories, but ONLY if they are the least bit "believable" within the vampire lore, Twilight? isnt, its candy coated YA crappola that I wouldnt let my child read if she begged me too!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
I never really got interested in those types of stories until I saw Buffy, and later Moonlight. I think one of the reasons is because it is something so different and dangerous but at the same time completely sensual.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I was never a "fan" nor interested until I watched "True Blood." Once again, HBO delivers a fantastic series.
stix225 stix225 8 years
I have long been enthralled by vampire tales, starting from Anne Rice and Christopher Pike, moving to Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJanice Davidson and Stephanie Meyer. Of course, Buffy and Angel are included in the visual media. All I know is the danger adds spice to the ordinary. Every girl wants to be the special one that can tame such a ravening creature and make him thirst for them alone.
pargie pargie 8 years
I'm a big fan of True Blood the show. There is something kind of mysterious, exhilarating, and dangerous about dating/falling in love with a vampire. I think I watch mostly because of that.
megania megania 8 years
I think the biggest attraction, like someone else commented, is that most of these vampire stories are just another version of the romance novel. I would be embarrassed to be caught reading a straight-out bodice-ripper ... but the vampire stories usually seem okay for some reason. I'm not sure why.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I thought I was the only one...Well the inmortality is obviously a factor, and the whole "he could kill you at any moment because of his bloodthirst" keeps you on your toes with adrenaline
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Because secretly chicks dig guys who are pale, gaunt, and unattainable. :rotfl: Okay, sorry. What they all said.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
Vampires are entirely erotic, that's absolutely true. And while stories about vampires have existed for hundreds of years, the kind of stories we've come to know about vampires and our image of the vampire really comes from the Victorian era. Why is the vampire an important figure for that time? Because its a sexual being that recreates the sex act through the penetration of its teeth and the drawing of blood/fluids from its (usually female) victim. What's the best way to kill it? To penetrate it, by stabbing it in the chest with a wooden steak/phallus. For a sexually repressed society like Victorian England, the vampire is an outlaw erotic figure, a character through which readers/viewers can experience forbidden erotic desires by either identifying with the vampire or identifying with the victim. Our modern vampires are based on that, and then layered with great metaphysical angst about the nature of the soul and the pros and cons of eternal "life." They're totally fascinating figures, which explains why I cannot stop watching Angel . . .
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Vampires are so erotic! That intrigue, the danger, the attraction, the chiqueness....vampires have a lot of fun :-)
havok636 havok636 8 years
vampire stories i love: buffy/angel underworld vampire stories i loate with every fiber of my being: twilight
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I like vampires because of they are often depicted as tall, dark, handsome, and romantic. Twilight is NOT my thing at all - I would've probably enjoyed it more as a preteen but the way that Edward and Bella speak to each other is way too cheesy and ridiculous.
carrieann9016 carrieann9016 8 years
I agree with Kiwitwist!!! The dangerous, romantic, forbidden love stuff gets me everytime!!!! *sigh* I always end up asking myself why isn't DH more romantic?
minicooper1 minicooper1 8 years
It's the allure of the story, one of my favorites as a teen was the Christopher Pike series, "The Last Vampire", its probably cheesy now but it was one of my favorites b/c of the story it told and you feel like you are a part of it. It's the same thing I experienced with Twilight, I resisted reading the series for so long but when I did, couldn't put it down.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
OK I am getting really sick of hearing about these books! Everyone at my high school LOVES them and they are always shocked to hear that I haven't read them. All this annoying hype and cheesey-ness I have now attached to this book make me NOT want to read it! Sorry rant over.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
I have no attraction to vampire stories whatsoever. All my friends have read Twilight and loved it, except my best friend, who said it was poorly-written and lame. They all want to see the movie, though but I'm staying very far away from the theater next weekend!
Shleebs Shleebs 8 years
Annalisa, I started with the Anne Rice novels, though I have not finished the series. Her writing is essential, I think, to understand the modern vampire story.
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