Those Sexy Vampires
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True Blood creator Alan Ball explains the popularity of vampires:
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“To me, vampires are sex,” he said. “I don’t get a vampire story about abstinence. I’m 53. I don’t care about high school students. I find them irritating and uninformed.”
I hope he realizes that lust is also what appeals to teenagers in vampire entertainments. The teen vampire novels always have covers hinting at sex. Vampire novels are just the latest variation in mass market romance fiction.
As a boy I grew up watching the Christopher Lee Count Dracula movies made by Hammer Studios. For me the thrill was being apart, detached from humanity. Not Dracula’s wives.