Inside the mind of a fantasy writer

Why are vampires so attractive?

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“Why would anyone want to read a love story with a vampire or villain as a central character?”

Now I won’t lie, I was asked this question in a not so nice way by someone.  It’s was followed by a few snide remarks about readers who love these stories, as well as a poke at me for writing them.

But, this person isn’t alone in their opinion, and yes, it’s a he.  They can’t understand why anyone would be attracted to vampires.  And I got the dreaded question, “Would you like to be bitten by a vampire?  Do you fantasize about stuff like that too?”

Now, I’m a published horror/romance writer, and I’ve gotten used to dealing with these kind of conversations.  As a newbie writer, I’d shy away from the debate, but now bring it on haters lol.  That wasn’t an actual initiation of a fight, but you get my point.

So….here comes my argument about “why vampires are attractive” from a romance writer who adores them.

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#1 This is fiction

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Fiction is not REAL life.  Just because someone is a huge fan of  vampire/dark romances, doesn’t mean they want that in real life.

First, let’s look at the common recipe for romantic literature.  There’s the handsome, rich, unattainable man that falls for the leading lady.  Most of the time, she’s his weakness and he has a small quirk about him.  In paranormal romances, this “quirk” is that he’s a vampire.

And I could care less if men think that’s a stupid fantasy, it’s what most women look for in a romance. I will never say all because as I said earlier, this is a general statement about romance.

And there’s something very attractive about that dangerously handsome, powerful, godly man that can be found in a lot of paranormal romances.  There just is. Fictional vampires are sexy. And don’t get me started on those sexy, silver tongued, witty villains……

But notice I say “fictional”.  I’m very attracted to men like that in stories, but in real life, I wouldn’t be.  I’d have enough sense to stay away from a guy like that and almost always choose the good guy.  And though we love to seek danger and drama in books/movies, for the most part, we’d never like to experience something so extreme in real life.

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#2 Vampires are master seducers

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Vampires have been known to be silver tongued.  Most of their prey are women.  And damn….they know all the right things to say, and can read women well.  Being wooed like that is a fantasy in itself.

 Take my Calvin from Forever Mine, he’s the perfect example to use here.  He’s a dangerous, murderous vampire, who loves the life he leads.  But…take away the serial killer gene, and he’s stripped down to the classic type of man that I mentioned in point one.

And what’s so fun about the good, never wrong doing leading man?  As a character he’s very boring, but a bad boy is much more fun…….

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#3 The attraction of a bad boy

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So, Calvin’s serial killing pastime is what makes him unattractive.  This is where the question comes in and the bad boy, rule breaker side becomes an issue for some people.  They think, “What the hell is attractive about a guy like that?”

You don’t know?  Then, I’m going to tell you why….

He breaks the rules.  He’s incredibly dangerous.  He’s that forbidden fruit that looks so amazingly delicious but you’ve been told to stay away from him.  Then, there’s that quirk given to him by most authors.  He has soft spot for the woman he loves.  He’s that lion that becomes a pussy cat in his love’s arms.  Having that kind of power of a man who is otherwise all powerful would be a great feeling, right? A high even.  And then there’s the attraction of the strong, protective alpha male….

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#4 The promise of eternity with your true love

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Being young, forever beautiful, and standing at the side of your true love for all eternity. Sounds like the perfect dream, right?  Well, vampires can give you that. Plus, they can make you a god and give you power over every one else.

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a note fromsmSo, that’s my argument.  And I leave you with a final thought.  Fiction is fiction.  It’s not a reflection of life, it’s an escape into a world of danger, love, and drama we don’t want to/can’t pursue  in our own lives.

But I’d like to hear some other thoughts on this debate.  Why do you think vampires and villains are so attractive in books?  Or are you on the opposite side and can’t understand the allure of them?  I’d love to hear what you have to say so please leave a comment!

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7 responses

  1. Actually, I’m more of a zombie fan, which makes me even weirder, I suppose.

    November 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    • Not all! But zombie romances would be a little hard for me to understand lol.

      November 8, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  2. LOVE this! Great post. 🙂 I don’t think some readers understand that paranormal romance is purposefully dark and twisted. It’s the appeal of forbidden love. I agree…not something I’d want in real life, but totally fun to read about!

    November 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    • I’m glad you feel like I do! I felt the need to post this as a way to vent about the conversation I had with a non-lover of paranormal romance. Thanks for commenting, S.L.!

      November 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm

  3. Some people, like the dude who asked you that question, should really mind their own business. So what if some of us like bad guys? I always loved vampires, ever since I was a child (I was 5 or 6 when I saw that old Dracula series on TV with Mia Kirshner).

    I love your post and feel the exact same way. I love reading about them and also writing about them, perhaps I wouldn’t even say no when a real vampire stood in front of me (who knows? Depends on him, I guess. And yes, I am aware of the fact that they don’t exist, at least what we all know of).

    November 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

  4. You could always submit to US or UK publishers, right? I never thought about the language thing. I know some German. Ha ha, I say “some” because I know enough to translate the basic meaning of sentences, etc, but not every word. Though, because I grew up speaking German with my siblings for fun, there is a lot of German names, etc in my books. Ha ha, and not that Heidi isn’t German either lol. And if they wanted more from you, then that’s always a good sign. Are you working on making it a novella now? And your Ethan could just wait on the doorstep until you wake up, then you could let him in. I’m sure he’d be patient 😉 And the Twilight thing? OMG, I had a fantasy novel that had cat demons (similar to vampires, but different) and someone said I was ripping off Twilight. Seriously?!

    November 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

  5. Reblogged this on H.N. Sieverding.

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