From Twilight to The Vampire Diaries, vampire mania has hit the TV and movie circuit hard. Teenage girls worship the fictional Edward Cullen, played by Robert
What sets True Blood apart? Why do guys love it as much, if not more than their female friends?
Like many HBO shows, True Blood has a careful balance of gruesome violence, sex, and overall intriguing plot line. Vampires, although an essential part of the show, do not
Tween sensations like Twilight take a different tried-and-true approach: the epic romantic story with a few heartthrobs as the male leads. Whether the characters are high school students or supernatural werewolves, the target audience is hoping for the same thing each time: the girl to be rescued by prince charming. Typically, that audience tends to be mostly comprised of females. Add in vampires and these movies become even more appealing to the hysterical tween masses. These are just the types of audiences, and subsequently types of entertainment, most men tend to avoid.
Despite the central imaginary theme, from wizards to dragons, to vampires to superheroes, men pay more attention to the content than the character. Add enough violence, sex, or special effects, and an audience can easily consist of as many men. Contrary to what some believe, the vampires are not what necessarily repels men, it’s having to witness the same sappy romantic love story they dread seeing in general.
If there are two actors that epitomize the public's interest in the sexual side of the show, they would be Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll. Manganiello plays Alcide Herveaux, the were-human that is in love with Sookie Stakhouse, and Woll plays Jessica Hamby have wowed audiences of True Blood with their sex appeal but also brilliant acting work.