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Do Tell: Why Do Some Women Love Vampires?

A yearning to escape. A lust for forbidden love. A passion for romance. All of these regular-people desires could explain why fictitious vampires exude a certain sex appeal. Considering the hysteria for Twilight, the undead clearly have something going on.

A while back, one writer guessed that vampires have overwhelmed pop culture thanks to a female desire for gay men. Confused? The writer explained that wanting to turn an unattainable vampire into your boyfriend is the same as wanting to turn a gay man straight. Well, I guess that's one theory. How would you explain the fascination with Edward Cullen, or any vamp for that matter?

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
As a writer and fan of vampire novels/movies since I was like 9, (with the exception of Twilight :hiss:) I found that vampires were just inherently sexy. (Bella Lugosi, orginal Dracula, yum) They had to be. In order to survive they have to drink blood and what person in their right mind would let a person that was half dead and batlooking bite them? The allure of them is the mystery, the darkness that surrounds them, their history, their cunningness. Wrap that all together and you get one sexy being. And throw an accent on a man or woman and I'd swoon for them. The sexualness of the vampire involves the intamcy of the bite. Throat, wrist, thigh. It's the thought that "oh, s/he won't take too much of my blood because they like me!" and the possibility that it could be taken one step further with the hint of danger. All most vampires would care about is whether you're A+ or O and what year. Lestat and Eric the Viking have been my favorite vampires. Bill, in the book, is just so whiny. Eric is strong, to the point, a tease at times, and cunning. :sigh: And if I had a time machine, I'd go back in time and stop Stephanie Meyer from ever penning the trash.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I can't stand twilight. However I loved reading Anne Rice's Lestat books in high school - he was such a rebel and badass. But I wouldn't say I lusted after him. I watch/read True Blood for entertainment and I would admit I find Eric extremely sexy. For me, I think it's the playful/dangerous nature of this particular character not to mention that Alex Skarsgard is extremely good looking on the show. I most definitely don't want someone to protect me or whisk me away - I can take care of myself quite well on my own.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i do not find vampires sexy at all. and edward cullen is a d-bag, so i do not understand this whole vampire obsession!
l-dot l-dot 7 years
I think it's more that the vampire loves you so much that he is willing to suppress his actual nature just to be with you. How many guys would actually make that kind of sacrifice and be willing to put you over anything else? Not many guys I know.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I agree with #8. I used to be fascinated by vampires, but now it's so mainstream, and it's getting annoying. The reason I always liked them was because they were mysterious and alluring. I really liked Lestat from Queen of the Damned.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
*go to strip clubs Sorry, it's late!
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Hiding nailed it...love True Blood too. It has to do with the excitement of having something forbidden, having an intense, mysterious, passionate relationship where the guy only has eyes for you. I know, totally unrealistic, but when women come home to boyfriends that sit on the couch, gp tp strip clubs, fart in bed, and play video games all of the time, the fantasy looks pretty good.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
I find the modern vampires incredibly annoying, a lot of it having to do with the teenage (and sometimes adult) fanbase that make complete fools of themselves lusting after immortal stalkers. Personally, I like my Nosferatu and Dracula. Though, a lot of the appeal of vampires doesn't have to do with their modern context. The creature itself is supposed to be sexy and cunning with a dark side, just not sparkly or whatever the new trend is. Granted, I'm also rather offended by the new vampires because for a long time I've joked about being one (I'm nocturnal, I wear a lot of black, I avoid the sun because I burn too easily, and I naturally have really long pointy eyeteeth).
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Hey that's a good point! o: Oh man I think I want vampires now.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I'm not really a Twilight fan but I'm a huge True Blood fan and I so lust after Bill and even more so Eric (yum!!!). Eric is just pure sex. Such a great character. The draw for me is having this intense, sexual creature that will do anything to defend you, take care of your needs, and keep you safe. It's kind of a turn on that something so dangerous can treat you so tenderly. That's just my fantasy though. :p
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I have no idea, as vampires are not my type. :)
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
So tired of this topic. But hey, if people are into it... cool beans.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
lildorthyparker, I agree. I'm one more Twilight image away from popping my eyeballs out with a fork.
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 7 years
If I could get through one day without having to see Robert Pattison's face I would be a happy woman.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
lol Pistil. I've always loved vampires, but I hate that they're becoming so main stream. That was part of the allure, that they were mysterious and "forbidden", now that they're mainstream it's not as fun. And I definitely don't like vampires that "sparkle" ugh. I've never read any of the twilight books, or watched the movies and have no plans on doing so.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Tres, if you read Twilight, you'll understand. I don't think it has anything to do with vampires specifically, but more with the character of Edward, and then the obsession with vampires sprang from that. Edward is the type of boyfriend that every teenage girl wants, but their relationship is totally unrealistic. In a way, it kind of sets girls up for disappointment.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'm so vampired-out. I could have sworn this has already been discussed to (un)death.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
Idk but it's getting annoying. I don't even think it's cause they're vampires: It's because the actors who play them are hot and some girls can't seem to realize that a character is not real. What really squicks me out is women 17+ going gaga for Taylor Lautner. Hello, he's 17 years old. If a man 20+ ever called Dakota Fanning sexy, he'd be branded as a total creeper. Double standards much?
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
Because it's trendy right now. God I am so sick of hearing about vampires.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
To be honest I still can't wrap my head around the idea of these hip modern vampires. :P When I hear 'vampire' I still think capes and bats and "bleh! blood! mwahaha!" But I guess I can see the appeal in lusting for someone like Edward. He's sexy and mysterious and so unattainable (or so it seems?) Plus it's forbidden! o:
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