Why do we read vampire books?

An interesting story ran on NPR about what attracts us to vampire novels. The reporter, Margarate Adler, read 75 vampire books over the past nine months!

Traditionally, critics say it’s about the sex. In more repressed times, vampires represented the dangers of sexuality and lust. They would seduce young impressionable maidens and either kill them or convert them to the dark side. Now, it’s gotten a LOT more complicated. You’ve got vampires like Edward Cullen who are defined primarily by their LACK of sex (but not sexuality) and reigning in of lust. You’ve got “good” vampires like Bill Compton who want to rise above their instincts and try to recapture the humanity they’ve lost. When you look at it that way, the glut of vampire novels are…kind of cool.  They’re trying to say something, however cheesily, about human morality, and nature, and immortality.

There’s an a good discussion going on over at io9 about what attracts us to vampire novels. Take a peek if you are so inclined.

Also, did you know that Boone from the Best Television Show of Our Time (aka Lost) is on The Vampire Diaries? LOL WHAT? Good to see him getting work, though.


2 Responses to “Why do we read vampire books?”

  1. 1 Colleen February 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I have actually never read any vampire novels but they do seem all the craze right now!

    • 2 tarynwanderer February 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      They sure do!! There was another really interesting article I read (forgetting where now…maybe New York Magazine?) that explained how the vampire “craze” actually started a while ago, and every few years or so there’s just a resurgence of interest in vampire-related stuff! So weird.

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