Blood, fangs, cool skin, captivating eyes…I’ll admit, I am a Vamp lover like all the rest. I read the first two Twilight books, I watch True Blood, and I am hooked on Vampire Diaries. Dracula is sexy, Lestat is delightfully obtuse, and Louie whines way too much. Selene kicks serious ass, Damon needs to get over it, Bill needs to loosen up, while Eric… well Eric is just yummy, with all the fixin’s. So what is it about these tales, these characters that draw us in, and keep us hooked?
This is the question I posed for myself and here is what I came up with.
Sex - Let’s check this one off the list right away. The hunger of a vampire is easily construed as sexual hunger. They can both be violent, passionate and oh so naughty. From the biting of the neck to the sucking of blood to the power of restraint Vampire screams sex.
The One you shouldn’t Have - Everyone pretty much knows the one you shouldn’t have, is the one you always want. Well there is not a sane parent, brother, sister, or best friend alive who would be comfortable with someone they love, being involved with a Vampire. The risk is erotic, so the pay-off is beyond the climaxes of a sexual encounter. They ripple far beyond the norm, and that is addictive, and as dangerous as any drug.
Romance – There is something deeply romantic about the Vampire, in more than just the classical sense. The history that walks with a Vampire is woven into the seams of their actions, their words and their desires. Let’s be honest, which is hotter from a purely intellectual point of view, a Vamp that is fifty years old or a Vamp that is two hundred and fifty years old?
“The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.” - Laurence Sterne
Looking at it from a hearts and flowers point of view, what could be more romantic that have a two hundred and fifty year old lover say you are the love of their life. How the journey of death, has brought them into your heavenly embrace. Talk about lines that will make you melt…
Violence – the animalistic side of a Vampire is adrenaline filled and edges on sadism. Both the internal and external destruction of life is so hauntingly awesome you can’t look away. In this same right, to have that violence being used in your defense is also worth swooning. The irony of running away from the violence of life into the arms of death is somewhat hedonistic in its contradiction.
"I'm the world's most dangerous predator. Everything about me invites you in, my voice, my face, and even my smell. As if I wouldn't need any of that. As if you could out run me. As if you could fight me off. I'm designed to kill."- Edward Cullen – Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
The Vampire, as described by most authors, whether male or female, is unfathomably beautiful. Dark, sultry, hypnotic eyes, blood stained lips, a strong cheek and jaw… as Edward said, they are designed to kill.
So we now have a list of reasons why we fall so hard so fast for the Vampire. There is a niche for all, an aphrodisiac for the many. So love your Vamps, their loves, and their victims because lets face it, deadly is oh so sexy!
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