Last night I watched Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt for what has to be like the 12th time. I know I have read the book only once, but oddly enough, it is the movie I come back to time and again. However, I have read The Vampire Lestat along with Queen of the Damned dozens of times each, but only watched the movie maybe six times. It’s odd how I can love to read one book about the same characters but prefer watching a movie about them instead of reading the book, even though I know the books are almost always better than the movie. The only reason I can think for this is because Brat Pitt was so damn hot playing Louis de Pointe du Lac. Now as for my love of all things vampiric, there are other reasons.
Why does the public have such a lustful love of the vampire world? Many have speculated over the years the vampires in movies were created as a synonym for the sexual act. To be sure, in the real life vampire subculture around the United States, one has only to “bite” a woman to see her orgasm in bliss right before your very eyes. And while the allure of the vampire is mostly rooted in sexual desire, I will explore the five reasons why I, and possibly the general public, find vampires so absolutely irresistible.
5. The sex appeal: Perhaps one of the most popular reasons why vampires have been so iconic over the centuries are their universal sex appeal, especially in the past few decades. Long gone are the days of Nosferatu when vampires were bug-eyed and saw-toothed with a face only a mother could love. In all the books I have read which have been published in the last fifty odd years, the vampire is synonymous with sex. They all have perfect hair, perfect bodies, and beautiful faces. Even those who were less-than-aesthetically pleasing to the eyes while still alive are somehow transformed by the embrace of the vampire, leaving them suave, sultry, and seductive. Not only is their sultry voices and gorgeous bodies a main reason for one to want to be seduced by a vampire, but it’s also a very good reason why many have thought seriously about leaving this life of mortality behind for the dark gifts that await on the other side of the vampire’s embrace.
4. The iconic bad boy: Even men are drawn to the allure of the “bad girl.” For women, we are always chasing after them, swooning into their arms and worshiping at their feet. They are like the ultimate rock god with their brooding moods, perfectly messy hair, chiseled good looks, and mysterious demeanor. They are dark, ethereal, untamed, always the perfect lover. What woman could resist trying to domesticate such a wild and sexually deviant animal? He’s dangerous and gorgeous with a stare that cuts straight into your soul, causes your heart to skip a beat, and sends your blood racing through your veins.
3. The dominant figure: Going along with the sex appeal and bad boy image, the vampire is usually a very dominant figure not only in his actions and tone, but also in the bedroom. It could be argued that secretly some, if not most women, desire to be dominated in the bedroom, to be so absolutely caught up and swept off their feet they lose themselves completely in the moment. And if the vampire’s sultry voice and piercing gaze does not have you melting at the knees, then the vampire mind trickery will have you begging them to take you in every way imaginable. It’s almost like BDSM, only with pale skin and piercing eyes and that whole allergy to sunlight.
2. The cool perks: As if the perfectly chiseled body, the spark of danger, and the ideal lover were not reasons enough to want to date a vampire, all the cool super “powers” that come with being embraced is certainly enticing enough to cause even the most level-headed person to reconsider. Say goodbye to wrinkles forever, immortality, and never having to worry about the ‘flu along with the ability to control another’s thoughts and actions, the possibility of flying or foreseeing future events, and all the other little perks of becoming a vampire is certainly thrilling and tempting. Unfortunately, if you are a sun worshipper, you may want to rethink your waltz on the dark side. Beware those nasty sunburns as they can prove fatal. And I hear that the daily cuisine could take some getting used to.
1. And perhaps the number one reason why we are all so drawn to vampires? Because Brat Pitt was so damn HAWT. Of course, Stewart Townsend wasn’t too shabby as Lestat either.
Good points. An other could be the prospect of living for eternity (or at least a very long time) which to mortals is intriguing and very alluring.
And another one that I personally have is that fact that vampires, since they can live for such a long time, can be used as a reoccurring theme/character in literature spanning over centuries or remain unchanged while the world changes around them. Itm akes for interesting psychological exploration. A little like Virgina Woolf used Orlando or Oscar Wilde Dorian Gray.
Excellent points! I especially like your words on being able to use the same character over the span of many generations. Having a character who can live infinitely among men allows a writer to explore many storylines and write as many books as he/she can possibly imagine. This is especially useful if you happen upon a character who is larger than life, such as our beloved Lestat.
Yes, wonderful points. Thank you for your delicious insight!
You’re welcome – and thank you! 🙂
Oh yes, there are certain long-living individuals over here who have a lot of stories.