"'New Moon,' the sequel to 'Twilight,' couldn’t premiere fast enough for fans, who camped out for days. ‘I took a vacation day to be here.’ [...] Ticket sales are already over the moon. One Web site says advanced sales for 'New Moon' are already the biggest in movie history." (CBS News)

 

And "Twilight" isn’t alone. "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" are two TV Shows that have resurrected the centuries old blood-sucking monsters, and fans can’t get enough. So what’s the deal with this new vampire obsession?

We’re looking at perspectives from Current TV, NPR, Fox News, The Examiner, Oprah and MTV.

Current TV host Conor Knighton makes light of how vampire celebrities from the "Twilight" series are taking advantage of the new fixation, and selling thousands of magazines.

“Kristen is on 'Allure, 'Seventeen,' and 'Interview.' Robert Pattinson is on 'Vanity Fair' and 'Life Story Robert Pattinson,' which features baby pictures, the many ladies linked to Robbie P, hair there and everywhere with R Patts, curly shaggy greasy straight, windblown, messy, and Pattinson faves and funnies. He likes Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ahhh!”

NPR hosted two authors of the genre, who actually debated whether vampires or werewolves were superior.

“Now, how do hairy werewolves stand a chance against the smooth and debonair vampires?  Realistically speaking, they don't stand much of a chance at all, because vampires have the powers of hypnosis and flawless skin, sort of a translucent appeal or translucent look to them. They're much better looking.”

FOX News writer Yvonne K. Fulbright says the world is obsessed with vampires because they are just plain sexy.

"In desperate need of rehabilitation, these rebels are far from pure in thought and deed. Women can’t help but be drawn to these mesmerizing, misunderstood, moody bad boys."

Even rapper 50 Cent, a most unlikely blood-sucking fan, told MTV the current hype is unbeatable.

"How does this compare to what you see all the time? It feels looks like rock star energy to me. You know I mean if anybody else is denying that, they’re just probably got a little bit of jealousy energy going on or something, you know. The energy is real."


The Examiner says the increase in vampire-themed entertainment just means the industry is acting on today’s money-making fad.

“Everyone is trying to get a piece of the vampire pie while the getting is good.”
“All indications point toward the vampire fad continuing with no foreseeable end.”
“For now we are left with blood-sucking romantics.”

That’s not good news for "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, who says she’s kind of tired of the vampire craze.

“I am a little burned out on vampires right now, I think I need a little break.  I might go spend time with my aliens.  I might do something different.” (Oprah)

So why the vampire craze? Will it ever end?


Writer: Lauren Styler

Producer: Jennifer Herseim

What's This Vampire Craze All About?

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Nov 18, 2009

What's This Vampire Craze All About?

"'New Moon,' the sequel to 'Twilight,' couldn’t premiere fast enough for fans, who camped out for days. ‘I took a vacation day to be here.’ [...] Ticket sales are already over the moon. One Web site says advanced sales for 'New Moon' are already the biggest in movie history." (CBS News)

 

And "Twilight" isn’t alone. "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" are two TV Shows that have resurrected the centuries old blood-sucking monsters, and fans can’t get enough. So what’s the deal with this new vampire obsession?

We’re looking at perspectives from Current TV, NPR, Fox News, The Examiner, Oprah and MTV.

Current TV host Conor Knighton makes light of how vampire celebrities from the "Twilight" series are taking advantage of the new fixation, and selling thousands of magazines.

“Kristen is on 'Allure, 'Seventeen,' and 'Interview.' Robert Pattinson is on 'Vanity Fair' and 'Life Story Robert Pattinson,' which features baby pictures, the many ladies linked to Robbie P, hair there and everywhere with R Patts, curly shaggy greasy straight, windblown, messy, and Pattinson faves and funnies. He likes Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I like Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ahhh!”

NPR hosted two authors of the genre, who actually debated whether vampires or werewolves were superior.

“Now, how do hairy werewolves stand a chance against the smooth and debonair vampires?  Realistically speaking, they don't stand much of a chance at all, because vampires have the powers of hypnosis and flawless skin, sort of a translucent appeal or translucent look to them. They're much better looking.”

FOX News writer Yvonne K. Fulbright says the world is obsessed with vampires because they are just plain sexy.

"In desperate need of rehabilitation, these rebels are far from pure in thought and deed. Women can’t help but be drawn to these mesmerizing, misunderstood, moody bad boys."

Even rapper 50 Cent, a most unlikely blood-sucking fan, told MTV the current hype is unbeatable.

"How does this compare to what you see all the time? It feels looks like rock star energy to me. You know I mean if anybody else is denying that, they’re just probably got a little bit of jealousy energy going on or something, you know. The energy is real."


The Examiner says the increase in vampire-themed entertainment just means the industry is acting on today’s money-making fad.

“Everyone is trying to get a piece of the vampire pie while the getting is good.”
“All indications point toward the vampire fad continuing with no foreseeable end.”
“For now we are left with blood-sucking romantics.”

That’s not good news for "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer, who says she’s kind of tired of the vampire craze.

“I am a little burned out on vampires right now, I think I need a little break.  I might go spend time with my aliens.  I might do something different.” (Oprah)

So why the vampire craze? Will it ever end?


Writer: Lauren Styler

Producer: Jennifer Herseim

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