Famous Female Vampire Chicks

The appeal of the female vampire is prevalent in all forms of literature and film. Portrayed as seductress, dark and with hypnotic allure there are many psychological drives at work in the feminine metaphor.

Like the idea of the daemonic Succubi, female demons crafted purely for sexual drives, the characters of are rarely portrayed as anything other than sexually dominant femme fatales with whom a dalliance places one’s immortal soul into danger. Why is this so often seen in this manner?

There are several reasons. But probably the most popular is because this can be viewed as a metaphor against "temptations of the flesh", a warning against STDs (using the vampire as a metaphor for sexually transmitted diseases has been long examined in literature). Plus, it also serves as a means for repressed authors to explore their darkest sensual desires.

There is a strong appeal to even the most alpha of males to the idea of being overpowered by a sensual woman. The idea of such role reversals is tantalizing and doubtless underpins many of the current feminine focused fantasies. The Victorian era, where sexuality itself was viewed as a taboo, spawned the idea of a poor "victim" assaulted by an overtly sexual hypnotic creature who rape him without possible defense.

Other literary examples of this include Jonathan Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula. There he encounters three of these feminine monsters within Dracula’s castle, "tormented" nightly by their embraces once the "master" has left the castle. The sexual language used as Jonathan describes this encounter later to Van Helsing, "I was impotent with fear," is not particularly subtle or disguised.

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Also, as Lucy Westerna succumbs to Count Dracula and later rises as a vampire, her language and appearance becomes that of sensual harlot, tempting her former fiancée and his companions with overtly sexual invitations. In the vast majority of accounts, the vampire embrace brings with it a ‘dark sensual beauty’ - much like the character of Sue Norton of Salem's Lot.

She was described as a pretty girl prior to becoming a vampire, who "missed the line of beauty by mere inches". But in death, she is beautiful - more alluring, more appealing, darker and sinister and promising sweet, sensual kisses with only a small bit of pain. As such it is not difficult to see the sexual connotations in most of the genre myths and portrayals that we have today.

In the modern era, where little is left taboo, the appeal of the feminine sexy creature endures, often accompanied with overt Sapphic undertones. Whatever interpretation of the vampire myth follows into the future, without doubt there will be sexual stigma underlying the appeal and the character and will be popular for decades to come.

More Female Vampire Characters

Katherine from Vampire Diaries

Darla from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Selene from Underworld

Drusilla from Buffy The Vampire Slayer

"The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success." -- Bela Lugosi

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