Raise your hand if you had a vampire crush (or still do)

Romance and lust are powerful attention-getters.
Romance and lust are powerful attention-getters.
The eyes of vampires are captivating, sexy, lust-inducing. Try to resist them!
The eyes of vampires are captivating, sexy, lust-inducing. Try to resist them!
Vampires represent all the "bad" temptations of the flesh. That is, if you think sex is a sin.
Vampires represent all the "bad" temptations of the flesh. That is, if you think sex is a sin.
Women want to be "swept away"... even if it means having their life blood sucked out of them!
Women want to be "swept away"... even if it means having their life blood sucked out of them!

Did you fall for Dracula as a teenager, and still found Edward Cullen hot as heck? Well, you are not alone.

Let me introduce myself: my name is Sheila, and I'm a recovering love addict (waves hand; says, "hello"). It's been 4 months and 14 days since I was last "swept off my feet." (Snickers heard in audience). If this sounds all too familiar, it is because you, too, have been raised with the desire to let your feelings of temptation get the better of you, and have allowed your emotions to take control.

For me, vampires "did it."

As a girl growing up in Southern California, I had my fair share of sunny days, hot surfer guys to admire, and malls to hang out at to fit in with the youth. But somehow, from my pre-pubescent years, I remember having a strange obsession with Dracula, vampires, and movies about men luring women with a stare and sucking their blood dry. Well, the last part sounds like your average man, but let's talk about vampires for now.

I remember reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, and rooting for Dracula (the evil villain) to win Mina's heart in the end. Now, as an adult, I would wish Van Helsing to slay the beast, and for Jonathon Harker to "save" her from a world of darkness. After all, vampires are like blood-sucking zombies, are they not?

My fantasies of lustful men didn't end with books. I watched any and every movie I could that had vampires as the theme. I loved watching Roman Polanski try to save his real-life wife, Sharon Tate, in The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck. Too bad he couldn't swing into action with her in real life when the Manson clan came to visit.

So here I was: a mother of three, married to a gorgeous guy for over 15 years, and all I had to do was watch "Twilight," and back I was to my teenage "gaga" stage of swooning. Why am I so easily swayed, and what is the attraction?

Let me explain.

Women want the ecstasy of love, romance and lust all in one. We want a man to look deep into our eyes and without words, say, "I want you--now!" Is that wrong? I don't think so. If we are all honest with ourselves, we would admit that we all (yes, even you, men) want lust and temptation to take the lead and be swept away by emotions in the bedroom, kitchen, laundry room over the dryer, the bathroom stall of your community meeting center, the inspiration point of your town-- wherever it may roam.

Vampires represent temptation, lust, and letting your inhibitions go. It's like your brain on alcohol, and over-drive, with the bad boy in town.... who sucks blood nonetheless.

In conclusion: am I wrong for wanting to have the evil side of a man with good intentions? Even Edward Cullen avoided feeding on people, and settled for farm animals. OK, so I'm rationalizing. But let's be honest: any woman who has a "thing" for vampires, whether it was in their teenage years, or even now, it comes from a good place. We want to be desired, wanted, and swept off our feet--regardless of losing our mortal lives in the process. Hey, if I'm being honest, I lost that part by being in a toxic marriage for too long, so it can't be all guilty.

For all of you die-hard vampire fans out there: you're not alone. I still watch these teenage "young adult fantasy-fiction" stories played out, and my heart still skips a beat. I guess that's a good sign: No vampire has sucked the life out of me yet, cause I'm still alive.

Hopefully, I will stay that way if another bozo comes into my life, and is an emotional vampire waiting to suck the life out of me. By now, I should be able to see that he has no reflection in the mirror, and I will slay him with a stake to the heart. Or just avoid him all together by not inviting him into my home. If you were a huge fan like me, then you'll know the vampire etiquette.

But either way, I love a good vampire movie. Stay tuned for the next haunting tale of love addiction from yours, truly. Until we meet again, keep a necklace of garlic around your neck, and a vile of holy water on your nightstand-- just in case. Don't forget the condoms, in case the vampire is a smoldering hot guy!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Really cute hub! There is definatley something to this with the massive popularity of Twighlight and other stories. I would have to say I am team Jacob and root for the wolves. I guess just because you get older doesn't mean you stop believing in fairy tales! Awesome!


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wonderful1 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks, Tammy! I agree: Jacob at least had a personality, and humor... what Bella saw in Edward, other than the good looks, I don't know. But as an adult: we see different things. But yeah, as old (or young) as I am, I still want it all-- emotionally speaking. Thanks for visiting!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Very cute hub...glad I caught Tammy's share on the feed. I'm not one for vampires or vampire movies, but I have to agree with you-the Twighlight series has been intriguing. I had the wonderful excuse of seeing it in the movie theatre to accompany my teen nephew, (in much the same way I accompany my grandkids to the latest Disney flicks, LOL). He loves the series and I understand the previews for the next segment is appearing in some theatres as a trail for the Hunger Games.

The area that most struck me about your article was one I have been pondering these past couple of days: romance. I think you are spot on with the desire to be swept off our feet and 'consumed' by the man who wants us. Well written and 'funny' in a noncynical way, LOL.

I did take your poll and the eyes have it all. :)


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wonderful1 4 years ago from Southern California Author

LOL, Denise! Thanks for your presence, and your comment! I know, right? The eyes....


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Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

Lol. Cute hub! I must agree with that!

I really liked the honesty explained in the few lines you started after "let me explain". All of them were true.

I am a man, so I cannot 'actually' understand that why girls and women go gaga after them. But Rosalie (in the Twilight series) was way too hard to resist. Haha. j/k

Best of luck with your hub, and I hope that Jacob would read it! Haha.


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Me me me! My hand is raised!! I'm sorry Edward Cullen, you are cute...but I will forever be Team Louis (Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire) It's the combinations of mystery, charisma, good looks, sensuous lips, piercing eyes, and nice hair!

Fun article- voted up!


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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

very interesting hub,ven helsing is my all time charisma.you were very honest when you said,"Women want the ecstasy of love, romance and lust all in one. We want a man to look deep into our eyes and without words, say, "I want you--now!".voted up.


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Nights Dream 4 years ago from Allentown, pa

I am a male. I have watched the original "Twilight" and several vampire movies in my life. I have read several vampire novels as well. I never had a crush on any female vampire. I just have a slight infatuation with vampires. If they do exist, I hope they are minus the body glitter!


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CreateHubpages 4 years ago

I like the character of Jaboc in the movie Twilight.


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Great hub. I watched Twilight the other night on TV with my boyfriend. As cheesy as they can be, there is something about the way vampires are romantic, passionate and seductive that drives me wild.


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emilybee 4 years ago

I was not a vampire follower during the first few Twilight movies, and then something clicked. Around the time the 3rd movie was out, I rented the first one and loved it, and now that film is my favorite in the series, and now I own all of the other ones, too. When something is really hyped up in the media, I tend to stay away from it, but then get drawn in later on ;) I don't know why I wasn't into Twilight originally, because I used to enjoy Buffy the Vampire, the show. Great hub! I watched the teaser trailer for the next Twilight film....definitely a teaser, it was quite intriguing! Voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Although I love Edward in the books, I think I am secretly more in love with Emmett. I like the funny, jock type more than the sensitive type. :-)

Cute hub and voted up!


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LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

Fun hub! I like both Edward and Jacob in Twilight...but I have to say, I crush on Bill from True Blood. He's not super hot, but there is something about him...mmmmmm. I think part of it is his accent, but probably the eye thing too. My husband likes the blonde (Rosalie?) from Twilight. So guys do like 'em too. Voted up!


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Kristen Haynie 4 years ago from Modesto, CA

I get why girls are so attracted to the idea of vampires. I do have to admit that I suffer from the occasional "gaga" moment over Edward Cullen. But if it were up to me, I'd much rather be out slaying the vampires with Sam and Dean Winchester from the TV show Supernatural!

Anyway, great hub and voted up!


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wonderful1 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Hunbbel: aha, so men like the vampire vixens too, huh? Cool. It must be the "lust" factor about them.

Turtlewoman: thanks for that, and I loved watching Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in that movie-- two hunks for the price of one! LOL

Uzma: thanks for stopping by (and yes, when we remove all the filters "I want you now" will do every time).

Nights Dream: I'm seeing a pattern here, that both men and women have a thing for blood-suckers-- and yes, minus the glitter for me too!

John: thanks-- I'm humbled!

Createhubpages: I liked him too, and couldn't figure out why Bella didn't realize how well they hit it off. Oh well, it's the crazy hormones I tell you!

Caroline: I totally agree. I think women WANT to be seduced (even if we know it's wrong to fall for it). That's the secret to letting yourself go in the moment, and allowing yourself to be "taken" by a man (in this case, vampire).

Emilybee: interesting. I like that story. I remember watching the first one, and I immediately was hooked (and had to watch it again). An acquaintance said she hated it because it was "no where near as good as the book." I didn't really care to hear her after that.

Jeannieinabottle: all vampires have the same allure, but I still go for the intensity of Edward-- the mysterious gaze, the look of lust in his eyes. Ahhhh!

LABrashear: I don't watch True Blood, but I probably should considering my strange addiction. I did watch Supernatural for a while, but the special effects were over the top for me. Thanks for the comments.

Kristen: you're funny-- I won't judge you for having a little crush. I like the guys (Sam and Dean) for being easy on the eyes, plus, it's loaded with the good and evil factor. Thanks for stopping by.


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Londonlady 4 years ago

Haha, I like this hub, although I cannot wrap my head around this modern version of what vampires are supposed to be. I was born in Romania pretty close to the region that Vladimir Tepes (aka "Dracula") used to rule a long time ago and since he got the myth of being a vampire I was always stuck with the gruesome bloody image of vampires.


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wonderful1 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Londonlady: "Tepes"-- that sounds Hungarian, are you sure he wasn't an alien from Hungary? I'm being facetious, or not.... thanks for commenting!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

What can I say? No bloody comments for sure. There is fascination with birth, that includes some kind of mess. There is morbosity with this blood sucking and those date rape pills. There is a reason behind all this: The connectivity between generations through blood. Bella doesn't help women at all. She just goes for it...like this lady from Camp Pembleton, that I know. She wants to visit Hungary so bad...!

P.S. I said no bloody comments and I didn't listen/


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wonderful1 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Ah, you're so funny, Lord! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your crumbs of humor! I'll be waving to you from Camp Pendleton any time you want to stop by.... :D

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