"I'm so rotten, they don't even have a word for it. I'm bad. Baddy bad bad bad. Does it make you horny?"**
Er, what I’m trying to say is, vampires are uber hot! :P That’s why they’re everywhere in romance fiction: from TV to movies, to comics to books.
Let’s talk about the appeal of vampire romance, shall we?
The hero. Vampire romances usually feature a male vampire with a female human heroine. These male vampires are the ultimate alpha males: dangerous, domineering, possessive, territorial, physically strong (stamina, stamina, stamina—oh my!) and sexually aggressive. The feminist in me rebels in this but my harloty heart purrs, “Me-oww. Gimmeeee!!!” (I do love bad, bad, bad boys. *g*)
The thing with vampires, they will never be completely redeemed. (Spike, y’hear that, you wimp?!) But truly, it doesn’t matter as they’re better persons because of luuurve. They’re the ones who love to the depth of their souls and that makes them, ohhh... absolutely, compellingly glorious. (NOTE: Any instantly redeemed vampires should be staked down at once for being such a sissy. Die, Spike, die!)
Versatile. Nothing can be more versatile than vampires. They can be historical, contemporary, futuristic, time-travelers. They can be royalty, half-breed children (born to a vampire-human parent), spies, circus performers... They have supernatural powers like hypnosis, telepathy, shape-shifting... Honestly, vampires have more flavors than Baskin-Robbins!
Conflict, torture and angst. The power of the vampires is counterbalanced by the torment they experience. More often than not, this torment can only be ended by great sacrifices. When I say “great” I mean something akin to climbing Mt. Everest without any gear on just so he could rip his unbeating heart from his chest and stomp it into the top of the damn mountain.
Now, common sufferings include: self-acceptance, unwillingness to kill, reluctance to become involved with a human, the hero’s strength and protectiveness of the heroine. Add those to the outside forces trying to destroy the couple while the hero resists drinking his honeybunnie’s blood! *breathe* (And you think you have a problem?) Of course, he’ll NEVER harm the heroine. He’ll do anything to protect her because she’s the center of his wretched existence and hurting her is equivalent to spoiling the only worthy thing in his life. Ah, *sigh* the power of romance...
Sexy and erotic. They get fangs, you get horny LOL. Vampires and eroticism always go hand in hand. Aye, it’s a rule written in someone’s coffin somewhere. Forbidden, passionate, beautiful and impure as the driven yellow snow. Their stories always ooze with desire that twists your insides into some perverse pretzel of kink and you’ll be born again in the waters of all things unholy! Halleluiah!
You have to ask though, is vampire lovin’ considered necrophilia? Or, maybe not. They’re not actually dead but undead... :/ But, er, what’s the difference? *confused*
Myth. Since they’re not humans per se, vampires have different social structures, laws, and tons of secret societies which all contribute to a fascinating story. And, oh, almost forgot that itty bitty thingy: vampires live forever. *g*
How about you, do you like vampire romances? If not, *gasp* why the hell not?!? I mean—you, hot vampire, cozy little tomb with a view... Perfect, isn’t it? ;)
**Anya on Buffy the Vampire Slayer