关键词:pop culture, vampire, mortal
Well, you know, talking pop culture, as I say, this summer film and TV and book critics are saying that this summer is gonna go down as the history of vampire madness. So what’s behind this decep…obsession that we all have for the undead that will not die?
Well clearly we love the undead, but it’s actually just that we like the hot actors who play the undead. Have you seen all these beautiful, beautiful children? The Twilight Saga: Eclipse killed at the box office this weekend. So far the movie has sold $162 million worth of tickets and the fans are still lining up.
Reporter: They call themselves, “Twi-hards,” and like vampires rising from the grave, they came to movie theatres everywhere.
The love 1)triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob has fans 2)swooning and screaming.
Harry Medved (Fandango.com): This film has it all. It’s got the romance, it’s got some great battle 3)sequences.
Reporter: The Twilight series has created a cultish following among “’tweens.” A hundred million copies sold of the books, and over one billion in ticket sales.
So is this the year of the vampire?
Remember Tom Cruise’s turn in Interview with the Vampire? It grossed more than $36 million on opening weekend in over 2,000 theatres; Eclipse, nearly $162 million in over 4,000 theatres.
But it’s not just movies. Vampires are killing it on TV. True Blood, HBO’s hit, drew over five million viewers in this season’s premiere, up nearly 40% from last season. And from the CW’s Vampire Diaries to ABC’s The Gates, the undead are taking over, turning heads and even pages. This summer’s “must read” book, Justin Cronin’s The Passage, No.7 on the best seller list. The author has a theory on why our love of vampires is more than just lust.
Cronin: At its heart it asks the question, “What part of your humanity would you be trading away if you got to live forever?” It’s ultimately a4)fable to reassure us that it’s better to be mortal.
With the popularity of the Twilight series currently raging, many people are wondering what the big deal is about a story that revolves around vampires. Here is a list of three reasons why vampire stories are awesome.
1. We like to be scared—When the thing to fear is fictional we feel safe in allowing ourselves to indulge in a made-up menace[威胁,危险].
2. Vampires are interesting—Vampires are often depicted as very intriguing characters. They are immortal! They drink blood! Some sleep in coffins, and some spontaneously combust[燃烧,耗尽] when exposed to sunlight!
3. People fear their own mortality—The concept of wanting to live forever is not new, and neither is the legend of vampires. Enjoying eternal youth is something people have always fantasized about, which makes the appeal of vampires obvious!