A friend recommended that I read Twilight by Stephanie Myers about a month ago and I enjoyed it even though it’s geared more toward adolescent readers. As I was reading New Moon, the second in the series, my husband was flipping through the Tivo. He saw True Blood on HBO and said, “What is it with you and vampires?” It’s easy. Men want to be them. Women want to be with them. Though the original movie vampires were old, ugly creatures with bad teeth, the modern vampire is sexy, flawless, and graceful.
Besides the lure of the mysterious, the modern vampire has had hundreds of years to learn how to romance and please a woman (or man, although men are pretty easy). Plus, a vampire has to learn to control himself. He has been waiting a long time to find a woman he is compatible with, and he doesn’t want to ruin it by killing her by accident. Watching a man exercise that kind of control is incredibly alluring, since human men are not particularly adept.
The idea of immortality is not for everyone, but for the scholar there is nothing more appealing. There is always more to learn – new ways to grow. No one has a better chance of figuring out the meaning life than someone who has crossed the line between life and death. There has to be something gained from watching someone die, especially if you must kill them in order to survive yourself. It may not be pleasant, but it is still knowledge.