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THE THIN RED LINE, PART II: VAMPIRE SEDUCTION
by Tara Fox Hall
V is for vampire, yes. But what other v-words have to do with our favorite seductive men and women of the night? Vespertine, which means of or pertaining to the night. Vicissitude, a variation in conditions and fortune at different times in a life, a marked part of most vampires’ tales. And we can likely all agree on virgin, victim, villain, vigorous, vengeful, vigilante, vindictive, vicious, voracious, and violator as also pertaining to the vampire legend. It’s the last I want to focus on here.
The seductive power of the vampire has been part of the legend since the beginning. In Stoker’s Dracula, we see the inability of the virginous—and sometimes not so virginous—to resist becoming Dracula’s victims. Again and again, the heroine Mina pleads to be spared, only to eventually succumb to the fateful bite of our villain of the night. Its left up to her vigorous and vengeful truelove Jonathan Harker the solicitor turned vigilante, to save the day. Part of the zeal that Harker draws on to confront his foe is vindictive; he is defending his wife from a monster that has taken her against her will, not to mention endangered her very soul. By Stoker’s version of events, Mina did not want or ask to be seduced; Dracula forced her--through beguilement, strength and magic—to accept his embrace, to endure him to enter her body with his own in a manner that has a sexual aspect to it. We say that he seduced her, but is that really what happened?
There is a thin red line between what we see as violation and what we see as seduction. Rape in a strong word that evokes immediate strong feelings from most anyone who reads it. A forced sexual attack cannot be condoned by anyone with a shred of decency. But we vampire fans view seduction differently, don’t we? The true definition of seduction is “to lead astray, to corrupt, to entice with false promises into a course of action that is against proper conduct (ie, wrong)”…which sounds pretty dark. So why are we vampire fans cheering for what amounts to a voracious defiler? The complicated answer is because we no longer see the vampire as a determined violator, ugly with evil intent. Instead, he is the handsome prince of our dreams, one who pushes us to the limits of ecstasy, but no further than we in our secret hearts want to go. This dark hero merely wants to show us the delights that immortality has taught him, the undreamt pleasures our bodies are capable of if only we permit his touch. He is “safe” even as his smoldering gaze promises he’ll make all our fantasies real. He would never truly endanger or hurt us…right?
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Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventureLash series and the vampire romantic suspensePromise Me series.
Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
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