Saturday, April 9, 2011

Harry Potter Who?

It's been a number of years since the first movies of supernatural behavior have touched our hearts and mixed with everyday culture. I was probably in the 5th grade when Harry Potter first came into my life and the words Voldemort, muggle and Hogwarts became household topics. It is hard to believe that once upon a time magic, witches and wizards were all the rage and the most interesting topics to touch on. Now the trend seems to have changed to vampires. Thanks to the Twilight saga, the concept of vampires and other false creatures has grown to be an epidemic across the world. I certainly do believe this trend is here to stay.

The main think I want to know is why do vampires fascinate us so much? Is it the idea of changing into something different? The idea of living forever? Why have so many of our movie, television and book topics in the past couple of years been surrounding the idea these "things" who like to suck blood? From Underworld, to Twilight to True Blood, we see this continued obsession with these creatures.

I think the main idea behind this thought process is one of sexual interaction and general attractiveness. When you see a zombie or a witch, the first thought in your mind is certainly not about any sort of desire. Thanks to Twilight, the first thought of the word "vampire" makes teenage girls think about Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and his obsession with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). Vampires certainly bring a sexual attraction. And it makes a lot of sense...

Think about it. The neck is a very sensitive part of the body and is not to be touched by just anyone. Having someone putting their lips up to your neck in an affectionate manner doesn't happen everyday (at least not to most of us). I feel the vampire theme is all about sex, and lets face it, sex sells. There is only so much sexiness you can bring to Harry Potter...

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