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Smitten to be bitten

Why do teenagers love Edward Cullen, the seductive and mysterious vampire?

entertainment Updated: Jan 02, 2010 20:04 IST

Vampires are no more the shrivelled, pale white, ugly, bony creatures. They are attractive, desirable, and sought-after. At least, the fan following for Edward Cullen (vampire played by Robert Pattinson in the film Twilight) suggests so.

Thanks to author Stephenie Meyer’s detailing of vampires’ unexplored side in the film (Twilight) that evoked pathos as well as passion, and made girls go gaga over the otherwise abhorred things of the dark.

Dark confession

Aahana, 17, says, “Pattinson did full justice to the character (of being a vampire) in the film, and looked ravishingly beautiful, took my love to a different level altogether. I’m not scared by vampire stories now. I’d rather be bitten!”

Dangerously irresistible

But why would girls fall for something as dangerous as vampires? Dr Anjali Chhabria, psychiatrist, explains, “The vampire in earlier movies were more about pain, violence and death. But in Twilight, the focus on vampire’s character is more on eternal love and lovemaking rather than the vampires wanting sex.” She adds, “As girls believe otherwise that most boys only look for sex. The character of Edward not wanting to have sex is really different. The fact that relationships can grow without a couple being physically involved is fascinating.”

Adrenaline rush

“Meyer so beautifully justifies vampires existence that I would, perhaps, sympathise with their plight. You almost follow Edward Cullen like a scent. He’s the ultimate seduction epitomised,” says, Jahnvi, 19. Chhabria agrees that vampires have a pull the way ‘bad boys’ do. “The thing that appeals to women is the fact that he lives by his own rules, wears nice clothes, and is hated by millions.” But does this sort of infatuation wear off? “Just as it is okay for a child to believe in fairy tales, it’s okay if youngsters are fascinated by vampires. But time, they will be able to differentiate between fantasy and reality,” says Chhabria.