Interesting idea. I’m just going for the simple explanation that Robert Pattinson is hot. Not hot enough to actually watch Twilight or anything, but I don’t really mind seeing his picture everywhere.
I’ll never totally understand what qualifies a man for “hot” status.
That guy, Pattinson, looks pre-op to me.
Okay maybe not, what with those pits. But still.
Never seen the show.
Well, for girls it’s the blood…
And once again… I’m sorry…
I’m pretty sure you’ve put the cart before the horse. The insane Edward fangirls were already insane and fangirly before he got involved.
I wouldn’t find the fangirls so annoying if they were attracted to proper vampires instead of those faux-bad boy emo gits, and if they didn’t scream like a banshee getting sucked into a jet engine.
Surprisingly enough, of all of the people to subvert the male vampires can have sex thing, Anne Rice did. There’s a scene in Pandora where the female protagonist, having seen the male protag for the first time in years (and in the meantime, he’s been turned into a vampire) asks him to penetrate her and he says it isn’t possible. She, uh, doesn’t mind and takes it in limp anyway.
Yeah, if you like someone who looks like a younger k.d. lang with very long armpit hair!
Except – Not dead, not really.
They don’t suck human blood, they drink from animals! Or they drink synthetic blood! And they can reproduce! They’re not dead, they’re a different species! And they can go out into the sunlight! Crosses, garlic, holy water – no problema.
IOW, my problem with “sexy vampire hotness” is that IMO they’re not talking about vampires, they’re talking about the latest version of supernatural, hot, and ‘conflicted in a way only the heroine will be able to truly understand and fix’.
So what we’re talking about IMO varies from series to series or book to book (though I think Edward is a Sparkle Fairy in every sense of the word), but it is not, IMO, vampires. In fact, it’s generally so far away from the generally-understood idea of “vampire” that all they have in common is “human in appearance but sometimes having fangs.” It’s redefining the term so broadly as to be meaningless, and I am pedantic enough to object on that basis alone.
We too are driven by over riding passions.
We too wear hot outfits (The Victorian double-breasted lab smock is smokin!)
We too are outcasts.
We often shun the daylight (ever try to exhume a corpse during the day?)
Just because my last experiment regrettably (but very educationally) killed three subjects, does that mean I should not be loved?
The vampires in the Blade and Underworld films are more like live humans infected with an awesomeness virus that gives them super strength, dexterity, super healing ability and indefinite lifespan than they are walking corpses.
Object! To what?
I love you, Doc.
Just not in that way.
I love you, Doc.
Just not in that way.
To asking why the love for “hunky vampires.” My position is that they’re not vampires. I realize that can read like pedantic nitpicking, but that’s my reaction to the love for “vampires.”
That’s the thing: We have no experience with dead things that are somehow still alive. I’m pretty sure our inherent dislike of necrophilia comes from the fact that dead people can’t consent, will not allow procreation, and can cause disease. Vampires are exempt from all of these.
I think the best way to go about finding out why vampires in particular are sexy is to compare the them with zombies, which do not have the sex appeal. The first thing I notice is that the consent thing is missing. The second is that, while both zombies and vampires can make you one of them, vampires still seem to maintain their soul–you’re still the same person, just with new powers. A zombie, on the other hand, loses all autonomy and brain power.
Zombies don’t nibble on the damsel’s neck. they gnaw on it.
This seems to be mostly about their portrayals in literature and onscreen, so I’m going to put this puppy into its coffin and ship it over to Cafe Society.
twickster, MPSIMS moderator
But I think it would be more at home in your forum.
It is in my forum – I’ve got a dual appointment.
Oh, my bad! Sorry.