Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BLOOD LUST: Dracula and The Power of Erotica


SEX! Did that get your attention? Well, our obsession with sex is one of the main reasons vampires are always in vogue. Del Toro and Hogan in their article, “Why Vampires Never Die,” claim the erotic persona of the vampire is what makes them irresistible to us humans. Rose in “The Art of Immersion” says fantasies are what we crave and what better fantasy is there than the dashing, handsome, sexy Dracula? He sneaks into your bedroom window on some late foggy night, he crawls into your bed and rips your clothes from your body and feasts upon your naked flesh as he presses his hot hard body up against yours… Hot damn! Sex sells and almost every vampire from Stoker’s Count Dracula to Anne Rice’s Lesat to Twilight’s Bella and Edward has got it in abundance. And when was the last time you saw a bad looking vampire in a movie or television show? A vampire’s immorality allows them to never get old offering us something we all secretly crave: “[lusty] youth married with unending possibility.” The sexual nature of vampires is one of their key selling points and that would probably make perfect sense to King.

In his article “Why We Crave Horror,” King argues horror films allow us to guiltlessly indulge some of our deepest darkest fantasies. What is more taboo and hidden than sex? No matter how liberal society seems to become, our inner freak always remains tightly locked in the closet, at least in polite society anyway. While we might be able to claim that not everyone has a desire for blood and violence, everyone has some sort of a sex drive. Freud argued that our sex drive is the dominant force guiding our subconscious desires. Vampires feed those hidden desires. Their never ending quest for blood mirrors our never ending quest for sex. Who cares if vampires don’t really exist? Rose was right about authenticity having no place in our fiction. We want to see or read about some blood thirsty stud or seductress by day so maybe they can enter our dreams at night to ravish and devour us and come back each night to do it again and again…
 

6 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this. Everything was so well written your examples were amazing and all your points were well explained and thought out. Your beginning did catch my attention lol

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  2. haha "No matter how liberal society seems to become, our inner freak always remains tightly locked in the closet, at least in polite society anyway." now that was funny! ok ok, time to be serious here, i enjoyed reading this post... your ideas and thoughts are well laid out and organized! this post was hilarious. i can't stop laughing.

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  3. This is excellent, Dawn! The writing is strong but quirky, your argument is woven from the texts really well, and you have a GREAT opening :-)

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  4. I definitely agree with your statement. "Power of erotica" does get people's attention nowadays more than before when that was a taboo theme. That is why all of that products are being sold very quickly and that is why they are made in the first place.
    P.S. your post is amazing, it's funny, interesting and shows the point))) loved it

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  5. Hot digity damn. I totally agree that sex sells. The idea of sex kept me reading your blog.

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  6. Thanks for the feedback! Appreciate it !

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