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Vampires or Teens: Who’s Got It Worse? Twilight Fans Want to Know

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Their very existence is a struggle. Their every sense, every experience, is heightened to super-human proportions. And they float through the world in a cloud of self-satisfied preoccupation. Being a movie vampire is oh so hard — almost as hard as being a teenager. And when you combine the two, as in the book-to-movie phenom Twilight, you’ve got the ultimate überdrama.


Though it’s reaching new heights of hysteria with Twilight, this is hardly a new genre; the tasty teen-vamp combo has been irresistible to moviemakers for years. In The Lost Boys (1987), a tribe of vampires stood in for rebellious teens. Nobody understood Kiefer Sutherland and crew, not because they listened to their rock and roll music too loud or just didn’t see the point of calculus, but because they only came out at night and occasionally turned into bats.


A pre-House, pre-Dead Poets Society Robert Sean Leonard also battled teen loneliness and prejudice in 1988’s My Best Friend Is a Vampire . This time vampirism is played for laughs, though; the main thrust of the movie is that when Leonard’s Jeremy starts going through changes, he avoids his parents, locks himself in his room and starts being far more interested in girls’… necks.


On the flip side, you have Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), whose lone fight against the undead causes her to morph from all-American Valley Girl cheerleader to lonely Valley Girl vampire killer. The burden of the supernatural weighs just as heavily on Buffy’s teen years as it does on the vamps themselves.


The Forsaken (2001) gave us WB heartthrobs Kerr Smith and Brendan Fehr as moody vampire hunters. In the simplest terms, the Forsaken are the cool kids, and the outsiders (Smith and Fehr) take the ultimate revenge against them (you know, that old stake-through-the-heart thing).

Which brings us to the newly crowned king of emo vampirism, Twilight. These vamps are pale day walkers; they exist on the outskirts of society but never quite feel like they’re part of it. Clearly this sensation resonates with the (mostly teen) Twihard fans. The movie hasn’t even opened yet, but a recent signing by new It Boy star Robert Pattinson (who plays Edward, the male vamp lead) drew more than 3,000 fans to a local mall. They were only prepared for about 200 to 300 fans, and when it turned out that Pattinson couldn’t show up, the scene turned, literally, into a riot. A riot of screaming, crying teenage girls.

It’s tough to be a teenager, and it’s even tougher to be a teenage vampire. But maybe it’s not so bad for the actors who play teen vamps.

To read a review of Twilight, click here.

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