When it comes to modern romance, one thing is clear: We’re far from the days of George and Mary courting in the town square, or riding about in the surrey with the fringe blah blah blah fishcakes.  These days, the best-selling romances seem to involve the magic of light bondage, space travel and, weirdest of all, the undead.  The novel series whose name I dare not speak really codified the modern sparkly vampire allure, but 20 years ago, Tom Cruise was swanning about in a Jerry Seinfeld puffy shirt lamenting his fate, and even in the 1930s, Bela Lugosi had a most piercing stare, leading us to today’s hypnotic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) won’t judge you , at least not out loud, asking: When it comes to the idea of sexy-sexy gothic undead, do you feel the vampire allure?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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3 Comments

  1. November 27, 2016 at 7:58 am — Reply

    Absolutely.
    While I am not a Twilight or Vampire Diaries kinda guy, Blade and Goth totally work for me.

  2. November 27, 2016 at 8:30 am — Reply

    I’ll admit I’m a huge fan of vampires, including various twists on the lore of vampires and vampire-like creatures. This does NOT mean I’m instantly a fan of all things vampire (I cannot stand Twilight or Vampire Diaries, but I’m not exactly the target teenage girl audience), but I’m still open to different takes on the idea (ranging from tales where it is a virus rather than a magical affliction to comical takes like Count Duckula and so on). Even have my own high quality fangs (though I don’t wear them frequently outside of the Halloween season, I do like putting them in once in a while when I run to the store at night just to see if anyone notices).

    But a lot of the allure to me is much like the allure of other superpowered beings. I’ve spent my whole life sick and disabled, so the fantasy idea of being able to be made better appeals to my imagination. The trade off of weaknesses and limitations still appeals more than my current weaknesses and limitations.

  3. November 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    Yeah, it does. I prefer my vampires “adult” in more ways than just biting and head chopping.

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