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Vampires and sex

  1. 2. <ul><li>Other girls arguably found comfort in wish-fulfilling dreams of getting together with their peers in attacking rather than being attacked. A four-teen-year-old, after recalling a dream of a witch trying to kill her, told of the following dream of clubbing together with her friends to do the witch-like attacking: </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>I was with my best friend and some other people in my class and we were all vampires. We all owned a shop but we were normal people in the day. Once, I went into our shop and said I was thirsty. We were the only people who knew what I was going on about. At night we would change into cloaks and go suck some blood. We had a morgue in the back of the shop where we kept our coffins. </li></ul><ul><li>It was a good dream… </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>THE MODERN VAMPIRE MYTH WAS created in 1816, when a few friends, including the dashing Lord Byron, his doctor John Polidori and Mary Shelley, met at a villa on Lake Geneva for the summer </li></ul><ul><li>Polidori invented a tale called &quot;The Vampyre,&quot; which recast the ancient vampire myth of a smelly corpse with engorged lips and talons for nails as a new sex icon — one part predator, one part Romantic seducer… </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>“ In spite of the deadly hue of his face, which never gained a warmer tint, either from the blush of modesty, or from the strong emotion of passion, though its form and outline were beautiful, many of the female hunters after notoriety attempted to win his attentions, and gain, at least, some marks of what they might term affection…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Vampyre - A Tale” </li></ul><ul><li> by John William Polidori </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>“ The idea of celibate vampires is ridiculous. &quot;To me, vampires are sex,&quot; he says, &quot;I don't get a vampire story about abstinence. “ </li></ul><ul><li>-True Blood's creator, Alan Ball </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>“ Along with the series' teen-skewed peers, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries , the sudden omnipresence of vampires in pop culture is a reflection of the gloomy zeitgeist surrounding it.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Southern Vampire Mysteries </li></ul><ul><li>Writer, Charlaine Harris </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>As Sigmund Freud once said: &quot;Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Right. And sometimes vampires are just vampires. </li></ul><ul><li>But beginning with the first major literary work about the vampire, Bram Stoker's Dracula , published in 1897, vampires are mostly about sex…. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>It was no accident Neil Jordan cast the sexiest male stars of the '90s -- Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas -- to play vampires in his adaptation of Anne Rice's 1976 novel. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Is all of this necessarily bad? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the different impacts on boys vs. girls? </li></ul><ul><li>How can these ties between vampires and sex be related to other “feral” behaviors and desires? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think in regards to this phenomenon and the marketing ideas that sex & violence sell? Is this the ultimate hybrid? </li></ul><ul><li>How can this be tied into the fascination and even desire that some teens and adults have with rape? </li></ul>

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