Monsters have always been able to elicit thrills and chills, but for a lot of women lately, those shivers are more of delight than fright. Just turn on your TV, visit a movie theater or wander through a bookstore, and you’ll see multiple examples of morally questionable men sporting fangs all about to sweep women right off their normally sensible feet.
Through fiction and mythology, the paranormal bad boy was usually defeated in the end, but now, you’ll more often find him going home with the girl.
What is it about these anti-heroes that make them so appealing? Is it their good looks or is it the lure of the unusual? Many women today are juggling jobs, families, relationships, school or other responsibilities, not leaving much room for themselves. A fictional hero gifted with mystical abilities, lethal sexiness and a razor-sharp wit is the ultimate fantasy package.
The appeal of the paranormal bad boy — or James Bond super-spy, as one example of male escapism — can sometimes make everyday problems seem less dire. Thus, a few hours spent immersed in the world of the wicked yet alluring hero is the equivalent of a minivacation.
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