The theme of vampires is extremely popular among young generation. Filmmakers succesfully profit from it.
Considered one of the preeminent figures of the classic horror film, the vampire has proven to be a rich subject for the film and gaming industries.The continuing popularity of the vampire theme has been ascribed to a combination of two factors: the representation of sexuality and the perennial dread of mortality.
The CW prepared a pleasant treatment to the fans of “Twilight’’ and “True Blood’’ - story of two sexual undead brothers called “The Vampire Diaries,’’ which premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. on the CW,
Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder play Stefan and Damon Salvatore, respectively. Stefan is the knitted-brow, do-gooding vamp who refuses to drink human blood and finds himself falling for damaged high schooler Elena (Nina Dobrev), despite their age difference. (He’s over 150, she’s 17). Damon is the anarchic older brother who feeds on humans like some women buy shoes, joyfully and without limits. He doesn’t care for Stefan’s crush on Elena, who resembles a woman from their past over whom they fought.
“Stefan is somebody who has several lifetimes of knowledge, wisdom, and experience,’’ says co-executive producer Julie Plec. But like all good, sensitive vampires, his existence is a lonely one. “He’s lost everyone he’s ever known and loved,’’ Plec says. “So he’s got a depth in his soul.’’’
Both actors say they’re having a blast biting with their roles.
“It’s certainly empowering,’’ says Wesley. “Being a lowly human, it’s nice to play a character who has this omniscience.’’
“You have powers that you wouldn’t have as a mortal human being, and that gives you a lot of good things to play with,’’ says Somerhalder, taking a much darker turn here than he did as the doomed Boone on “Lost.’’ “As an actor you dream of stuff like that.’’
How much more appetite there is for all things vampiric remains to be seen. Plec admits to the fear that the target audience has reached a saturation point, Boston Globe reported.
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