Whether your heart is fluttering over Robert Pattinson’s character Edward in Twilight Saga: New Moon or your heart was fluttering over Keifer Sutherland’s character David in Lost Boys, young vampires have got girls by the neck.
As Pattinson himself said, “I just don’t take any of it seriously. It’s just a job while it’s a job I love, girls scream out for Edward (Cullen), not Robert. I still can’t get a date.” So if the girls aren’t screaming for the actors, then why are they screaming for these fictional, fantasy, characters? Looking at the Lost Boys and today’s vampire phenomenon, these are the trends found in most vampire characters that seem to make girls go crazy.
Pale skin, colored lips
In a film mixed with mortals and vampires, the characters’ complexions could say a lot. The pale complexions are usually the vampires, since they’re forbidden to tan by the threat of melting and dying by the sun. Perhaps it’s the pale skin or the blood they drink, but vampires also tend to have rich colored lips. This is a traditional characteristic of a vampire because it is so embedded into the idea of vampires only lurking at night.
If you haven’t heard of or started watching the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, then this photo needs some explaining. Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) is the bad brother of the two brother vampires in the show that premiered in late August 2009. Though vampires overall seem like bad beings, they are still divided amongst themselves as bad vampires, who might feed on fresh humans, and good vampires, who might feed on animals or blood donations. Because vampires are overall not accepted in a community, they become rebellious to the society. Whether they’re skipping school on a sunny day or hunting a human, vampires have a rebellious nature that seems to attract young girls.
Sexy and charming to the ladies
Even if he kills her and uses her to feed his hunger for blood, a vampire will be romantic and charming to his victims. The female character, Star, of the Lost Boys was the love interest of good vampire, Michael, while she was the item of David. Today, Bella, of the Twilight saga is the love interest of Edward. In both of these films, the vampires were tragically in love with the leading ladies, but were challenged by their way of life.
Sunglasses may be necessary to block the unwanted sun from a vampire’s eyes, but it also makes him look mysterious and cool. Wearing dark shades is a very common characteristic of vampires.
Physical vampire attributes are not the only thing about vampires that teenagers adore, but the sexual metaphor of being bitten is also admired. As a teenager, girls and boys are told by teachers, parents, and older relatives that sex is bad and horrible. Teenagers are taught to stay away from sex, just as these female roles are told to stay away from these pale creatures. The vampire trends and the teenage phase all have one thing in common, the rebellious attitude.