It may be sunny out but our love of the pale-skinned undead continues. We explore what exactly is it that makes vampires so damn hot (even if they’re stone cold).
They’re blood sucking murderers in serious need of a spray tan. In one sense, the vampire as number one hottie makes no sense at all – what’s the dealio with our collective crush? Well, for starters, vampires tap into society’s fears and secret desires about sexuality. The first popular archetype that the vampires of today are based on was Dracula, as envisioned by Bram Stoker in 1897. Tall, dark and dead, the reclusive, mysterious Dracula offered an intoxicating antidote to the conservative Victorian age with his lust for ladies and, of course, blood. In a society where homosexuality was actually outlawed, Dracula provocatively pursued men’s necks, as well as women’s, further adding to his dangerous appeal.
The perfect first date?
“Sex is always dangerous, even when the forces of darkness aren’t involved,” says Scott Westerfeld, author of the vampire novel Peeps. “But unlike most boys, vampires follow certain rules: they leave you alone in the daytime, shy away from holy water, and can’t come in without being asked. There’s something pleasantly old-fashioned about a monster who waits to be invited in before draining your blood.” Thus the vampire boy is forever frozen in the first moments of true love.
Fangs for the memories. Vampire as:
1. The Romantic Hero
We all know that turning heightens your five senses, and it also seems to expand your heart. No one loves like the vampire. His feelings for you are poetically endless and unlike the mere mortal boy, he’s not afraid to wax lyrical about it. The vampire boy loves like the boys of our dreams: unconditionally, passionately and eternally.
He is… Edward (Twilight) “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”
2. The Bad Boy
Let’s face it: the vampire is the ultimate bad boy. He’s only out at night, he looks good in black and he’s a bad-ass killer with superstrength. No one can pull off hot goth like a vampire (and no one else should try).
He is…. Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) “What can I tell you, baby? I’ve always been bad.”
3. The Tragic Loner
Doomed to walk the earth for centuries, watching loved ones grow old and die. The vampire was born to brood. And in classic ‘we want what we can’t have’ style, the minute someone wants to be alone to contemplate the sad complexity of the universe, we want to be right there with them.
He is… Louis (Interview with the Vampire) “I’m flesh and blood, but not human. I haven’t been human for two hundred years.”
Superhot Couple Alert!
Rumors have it New Moon star Ashley Greene is hooking with Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford. Hot!! We’re jel, but we approve.
Love Twilight? Write Your Own Vampire Novel!
GF: What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
Scott: “Every writer has to work through what I call ‘the million words of crap’. That is, every writer’s first million words are pretty awful, just like your first million jump shots or plies or sentences spoken in French- whatever it is you want to get good at. Practice makes perfect, or at least better, so get started!”
Scott Westerfeld is the authors of Peeps, The Last Days, and So Yesterday, and the Midnighters and Uglies series. His latest book, Leviathan, came out in October 2009.
Copyright Georgia Clark 2010