"The thing about vampirism is that it taps into a female point of view — you have an old-fashioned gentleman with manners who is a f*cking killer . . . it’s an interesting duality, because in our present society it would be an odd thing for a woman to say, 'I want my man to be physical with me.' . . . It’s difficult stuff for a bloke, but a vampire gets away with it."
Yikes! Vampires as sexual-domination fantasy? I hope that's not what the teenage Twihards are after. But it's hard to ignore the fact that for many modern young women, vampires are the new bad boys. Here are five good reasons why.
Edward Cullen and other vamps have replaced the old-school "bad boy" epitomized by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Depp in Cry-Baby, and Bender from The Breakfast Club. Drinking blood is now sexier than drinking and drugs — but why? Here are my theories as to why vampires are the new bad boys.
- They're bad, but not too bad. In books and movies, vampires are dangerous. But since most of us aren't dealing with vampires in real life — I hope! — it's a safe danger to fantasize about.
- Substance abuse isn't sexy. Sure, drinking blood is kind of gross, but it's also fantasy. For many teens, a fictional need to suck blood is easier to stomach than rebels with serious substance abuse issues like drinking, drugs, and DUIs.
- Eternal youth means eternal hotness. Vampires never age, therefore making them hot young things — like Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt circa Interview With a Vampire — for all eternity.
- Vampires = 4-eva. Along with that whole eternity thing comes the possibility that vampire love can last forever. No commitment issues here!
- They're dark and mysterious. The whole concept of vampires appeals to fans of conspiracy theories and the idea that an unknown world just waits to be discovered.
So who do you think is right? Is Moyer on to something with his vampire-sex theory, or do you think it's something else that's making vampiric bad boys so desirable right now?