Romancing the Beast; The Sex Appeal of Vampires and Beasts

As I watched Disney's Beauty and the Beast for the one millionth time (if you think I'm exaggerating, you've never had a 3 yr old), I wondered what is the fascination with this movie? Why is it so enchanting? The beast somewhat scares, intrigues, and yet thoroughly delights my daughter to no end!

This popular story is one of the top 100 love stories of all times. It is translated and adapted in many countries and continuously throughout many time periods. Beastly will be a modern day adaptation coming to theaters next year, 2011. That's impressive considering the original version of this tale was written in 1740.

Remember Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt who played two stunningly handsome vampires in Interview with the Vampire. I know my generation will always remember it. The younger generations today have Taylor Lautner as a werewolf and Rob Pattison as a vampire in Twilight. This beast craze is more like a phenomenon.

So I put down my copy of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, my third time reading it (if you think I'm exaggerating, you've never been a bored housewife), and I realized I am also keenly fascinated with romancing a beast- vampire or werewolf. I'll take either one. Women are especially beast obsessed; Vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, pixies, giant gorillas (King Kong and Mighty Joe), warlocks, half human/half beasts, and the list goes on.

Concerning literature, the romance, sci-fi, and young adult genres are boasting with beastly titles that are enormously successful. This is huge! In fact, areas where no beasts have gone before are thriving now. For instance, I recently read two young adult books about evil pixies (that's evil fairies) and I didn't even know fairies got evil, pixie dust and glittery wings sure, but evil?

The recipe for an enticing beast tale is part damsel in distress, part beast, and part isolation. The beast must be able to have enough known powers to harm the damsel, but choose not to. In psychology, it is similar to the Stokholm Theory based on hostages held captive, but grow emotionally attached to their captors over time. It is an idea that someone is kind but doesn't have to be and can threaten our existence, but show pardon. A damsel in distress doesn't mean a weak woman necessarily, but just weaker than the beast. Also, isolation helps distort the reality of the situation. Even Twilighttook place in an isolated northern Washington town.

A beast exists in a world without rules. The beast usually makes the rules so you have to wonder what would most of us do with infinite power? It is proof or undying hope perhaps that humans, or in this case, beasts are innately good. The primitive savage inside man could actually be ruled by sympathy. Is it comforting to know that something otherworldly superhuman can still be good and not abuse his power? Oh yes, it is more than cozy-blanket-and-hot-chocolate comforting, it is fantasize-at-night-after-you-tuck-in-the-kids comforting.

There are definitely those that believe this beast idolization is harmful. The opposing sides don't view these simple tales of the beast as fictional. instead they are comparing it to rapists, serial killers, and domestic violence. Perhaps this real view of a beast is more real than we think. Do kind beasts actually exist in the real world or are we being misled?

Those that oppose Beauty and the Beast, and the other tales similar to it, are confused. In reality, it is more common for a beastly man to be handsome or extremely nice. One or both of these traits are manipulative tools used by a true predator.

In Beauty and the Beast, the beast was originally a handsome prince who wasn't very nice and that theme was carried out by an additional character, Gaston, in the movie who was desired by all women because of his looks, and yet he was a horrible man on the inside. I think it's harmless to read or view tales of someone falling in love despite looks or learning to love/accept someone for the good and bad within them.

Women are crazy about a good forbidden romance tale or an unlikely relationship with a happily ever after ending. Women also like to fantasize about a supernatural man with superhuman abilities that might fall in love with a simple and regular woman like them. Any way you view it, our lives in the real world can get dull and romancing a beast will always spice things up.

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Zac828 6 years ago from England

Hi, this was really good, I too have suffered watching movies millions of times (though my daughter wanted A Bugs Life, not so beastly!), but this was great. Informative, intelligent and a clear voice that was good to listen to.

I loved this hub, good work, keep writing and you may not need to read Twilight another million times!


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

zac828~ THnanks for the comment. Repitition is good for the little ones, but makes me start overanalyzing things in the movies, like looking up info about Beauty and the Bast and writing this whole hub. I had fun writing it and glad you enjoyed it too.


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

I adore the movie Beauty and the Beast and am so sad that I don't own a dvd copy to watch it. I think it was the one disney story that I was truly fascinated by -- though I used to refuse to watch it when I was younger because the Beast scared me so much. Ha. I still remember being frustrated when I watched Mickey Mouse Monopoly and listened to some analysts saying that it was about a woman putting up with an abusive man. Grrrr. I think a lot of students got upset when the video dismantled disney.


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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Elefanza~ Sadly, it's a lot of women who make these accusations and I say to them that people should know the difference of ficiton, especially cartoons, and fact. Kids do not know as much, but later they learn as adults. Many cartoons show characters flying, but does every kid go out and try to fly. Yes, some do I'm sure, but again that's where parenting comes in and teaching kids about what they are watching and to form their own good judgement.

I explained Beauty and the Beast to my daughter that when the beast started acting nice, then he turned into a wonderful prince. I told her to always look at someone's actions more than what they look like. There are plenty of good looking bad guys in the real world. A child watches shows about Santa, but eventually learns reality. I NEVER watched any of these princess movies or Beauty and the Beast and I was involved in a pretty bad relationship, but when things escalated I got out quickly. The most important thing to teach little girls is self-esteem. Bottom line.


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

Agreed. Self esteem is quite crucial. Especially during adolescence. I'm glad you got out of that relationship. That must have taken a lot of strength.


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savvydating 3 years ago

I was intrigued by your title. It brought to mind how women seek "bad boys" and how we all want our men to have a bit of vampire/beast in them. I don't see this as a negative. The male spirit is naturally forceful, and this energy supplies needed passion for the woman during sex.

I'm sorry to say, but a lot of American men have a bit of a problem with the idea of beast and prince as one. Unfortunately, they often separate the two - and they need not be separated. I've known one man who easily combined the two traits - a Frenchman. Damn, he was good...

I love that you brought up this topic and I'm pretty sure that Beauty and the Beast is a perfectly good video for little girls to enjoy!


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izettl 3 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

savvydating~ loved your comment about many men not knowing how to be both prince and beast. I wonder how many women want both in one...or should I say accept. I think many women think they want both, but we often don't appreciate the prince side of guys when they do have one. Good thoughts...

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