When Did Vampires Get So Sexy?



interesting article about the vampire craze (twilight, true blood, vampire diaries, etc) and how the vampire has changed (thanks to shows like Buffy)



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Aug 3, 2009 9:21PM EDT

Whoever wrote that article should do some research before claiming that, "all of a sudden" vampires have become sex symbols. This is definitely not new, the idea of vampires being sexy has been around for quite a long time, and not just as far back as when Ann Rice started writing, I mean a long long time. Even just glancing at Wikipedia would enlightened whoever wrote that article.

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Aug 4, 2009 3:27AM EDT

mccarrot....the end of the article stated that it WASN'T a new concept. Before you go an judge, maybe you should actually READ what you are judging. Quote:
"But it is a mistake to say that vampires have all of a sudden become hot."

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Aug 4, 2009 1:59PM EDT

I agree, that was an incredibly poorly written article. The very nature of Vampire Lore in out culture is sexual. The ultimate piece of vamp lit-- Bram Stoker's "Dracula" is an entire extended metaphor about sexual repression and the prevailing sexual attitudes of the day. The ties between vampires and sexuality are so deep that it is part of the basic storytelling of nearly every vampire tale.

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Aug 10, 2009 3:53AM EDT

I'm sorry sonapiccante for offending you, I normally don't write comments because it's hard not to come off as angry/mean/etc. however, I did read the article and one line does not negate what the entire article was about, the article was entitled "when did the vampire get so sexy". In fact, the one sentence that you are talking about was proceeded by "it certainly is no mistake to say that the vampire has made the remarkable jump from monster to sex symbol", and I was merely saying, that's not really correct. Perhaps I should have said what "frostedcupcake" said, that it was just a poorly written article.

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Aug 26, 2009 7:40PM EDT

I always thought that Vampires were the personification of people's repressed sexual desires. Isn't that the way they are usually interpreted? And whereas I think that calling Dracula an 'entire extended metaphor' may be going a little too far- it is mostly a horror novel- I do remember one scene in particular when the main character (now I've forgotten his name) is at the count's castle and encounters those three female vampires...I think the explicit sexual context of that scene may only have become more obvious had Bram Stoker decided to describe an orgasm.Alone the fact that male vampires in lores seem to always be accompanied by female mates and their fondness of particularly young or female victims screams 'sexual symbol'.Sex, until now, seems to be something that people do not wish to connect with death or pain. But considering that the Kamasutra (probably the most famous sex-guide in the world) and its surrounding culture tie sex to exactly those two things should make one understand the close connection. Sex, as the process of giving life, is the beginning of death and every child born may be called a 'walking dead'. Now, maybe I am getting carried away here, I'm just an amateur who enjoys reading and I am sure that all these points have been dealt with in detail by people who are more suitable.I believe what the author intended to express was his or her surprise at the 'idol' status Vampires have come to posses nowadays. Not a sex symbol but a sex icon. But is that really a surprise? In the past 20 years the sexual revolution has been progressing more and more. Nowadays we deal differently with sex than 80 years ago. We don't shun it as something disgusting or horrible and as such also the Vampire's image begins to change. It is not a surprising, it is a very predictable change.Regards,

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