Yes, we can find everything we ever needed or wanted to know about vampires by reading Wikipedia. But why stop there? Vampires have been rehabilitated… they are no longer the repulsive predators of horror and myth. Let’s revisit the topic with more up-to-date examples from page and screen.
Why We Love Vampires: The Psychology Behind the Obsession by Dr. Belisa Vranich opens with the statement: “Charming, elegant, and downright sexy, vampires have been the monster-of-choice for… well, ever. In looking at the psychology of vampires, these are the top ten reasons they are so fascinating.”
Her ten reasons are persuasive, and she concludes: “Vampires are the archetype of bad, bad boys… the sexy monster of all time continues to be the vampire… the quintessential bad boy who reeks of danger, and is very, very naughty.”
Devra Maza, who also writes for HuffPost Entertainment, obviously agrees. In A Twilight Seduction: What Men Can Learn From Edward she describes Edward’s chastely erotic wooing of Bella and advises aspiring lovers to read the Stephanie Meyers’ books…” Think of it as research. Anything that sends the opposite sex into that much of a tizzy should be viewed as a textbook.”
But it’s Edward, the vampire who wants to be good, who has our hearts. As Bella explains, it isn’t for his looks or wealth that she wants him, but because he’s the most loving, unselfish, brilliant, and decent being she knows. It’s what fuels her lust and the reason why sex with Edward is the most life-affirming thing she can think of – the one human experience she doesn’t want to die without.
So, how can one inspire that kind of lustful adoration? Well, it wouldn’t hurt if you were sculptured to perfection, freakishly fast and strong, could annihilate our enemies and deflect oncoming traffic with a single hand. But don’t despair. If you want to be irresistible to someone you care for, here are a few attainable tips from Edward which will work just as well:
Kiss: Tenderly, urgently, to communicate, to explore, and for no reason at all.
Smolder: Look into our eyes like you want to learn us, then ask us what we’re thinking. We’re going to tell you anyway, so you might as well get credit for it.
Say Things We’ll Savor: Telling us we’re beautiful is fine, but tell us why and we’ll believe you.
Be Gorgeous: Cultivate the best part of your DNA – your humanity. Chiseled cheekbones and chests make us look. Intelligence, integrity, imagination make us love.
Be Present: Be there in our dreams and share yours with us. Gift us yourself and you’ll be rewarded.
Do Good: Use your unique superpowers to make the world better, safer, wiser. If you save the day in big and small ways, at night we just might tuck you in.
Touch: Caress with affection, to comfort, to soothe, to talk without words, in casual and important ways.
Do all of this well and often, for its own sake as Edward does, without sex as an ulterior motive, and you just might find yourself the sparkling object of a shivering obsession of someone you love, being kissed in a way that’s as easy as breathing, but takes your breath away. Now, doesn’t that sound seductive?
I blogged about Twilight on February 15 … The Great Romance… as part of my Valentine theme. The trailers to the films are all linked there.
In a more serious mood here, from Les Fleurs du Mal (1851), is The Vampire by Charles Baudelaire. The link will give you several translations… the one here is from Spoken Verse, read by Tom O’Bedlam. (That really is the name I found on You Tube!)
Here is the original…
Toi qui, comme un coup de couteau,
Dans mon coeur plaintif es entrée;
Toi qui, forte comme un troupeau
De démons, vins, folle et parée,
De mon esprit humilié
Faire ton lit et ton domaine;
— Infâme à qui je suis lié
Comme le forçat à la chaîne,
Comme au jeu le joueur têtu,
Comme à la bouteille l’ivrogne,
Comme aux vermines la charogne
— Maudite, maudite sois-tu!
J’ai prié le glaive rapide
De conquérir ma liberté,
Et j’ai dit au poison perfide
De secourir ma lâcheté.
Hélas! le poison et le glaive
M’ont pris en dédain et m’ont dit:
«Tu n’es pas digne qu’on t’enlève
À ton esclavage maudit,
Imbécile! — de son empire
Si nos efforts te délivraient,
Tes baisers ressusciteraient
Le cadavre de ton vampire!»
— Charles Baudelaire