Matt Poposky

Here to wrap your mind around something exciting (yet most likely controversial) is the celebrated Mr. P! Today’s topic is: “Twilight!”

Ok, so maybe not “Twilight” per say, but more this vampiric craze America seems to be on, and the impact it has had upon the youth and society as a whole.

As this is a discussion regarding a trend and its impacts, beginning at the beginning seems plausible. The trend likely, yet debatably, began with the unforeseen success of a book which was, according to writer Stephanie Meyers, never meant for the public eye. With the most recent rash of behavior concerning this trend, maybe it ought to have stayed that way.

It is a given with society as a whole, and a quotation which has held true for centuries: “Taboos are meant to be broken.”

Matt Poposky

In the case of vampirism, this rule of thumb seems to be as true as ever. In response to the rash of “Twilight” and “True Blood” related media hitting prepubescent teens at the speed of the internet, an old trend has gained immense popularity, despite its dangers: the sucking of human blood.

Blink. Now blink again. Now, having shaken out the shock, continue reading. Yes, teenagers have finally begun to emulate “Twilight” in ways that even Meyers likely never imagined. As “Twilight” and other vampire-related sex stories gain popularity, so too has the prevalence of drinking other human beings’ blood.

Such Web sites as are host to groups which openly admit to participating in the drinking of human blood. However, the truly terrifying part of this is the absolute lack of concern shown by the participants for their own health.

Whether aware of it or not, the fact is that these individuals are participating in an extremely dangerous act. Roughly 0.67 percent of all human bites can become infected with bacteria. Vampire-lovers may simply brush this off, claiming that as long as they are the suckers, who cares?

Well, the sucking of blood is yet another risk in and of itself. Given that blood is the carrying source for diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis, it is absolutely shocking that anybody would decide to participate in such an act. HIV, as many know, leads to AIDS, a sexually transmitted disease for which there is no known cure and which sends several thousands of human beings to their death each year. Hepatitis, an infection of the liver, can cause severe abdominal pain, as well as leading to worse diseases such as jaundice.

Now, of course, there are always two signs to a coin. The defense in this instance seems to be that “Twilight” and its spin-off hype are not responsible for the recent rash of human stupidity. However, if not these vampiric entertainment sources, what else has caused teenagers to begin drinking each others’ blood in numbers far greater than any small, localized cultist movement?

The fact of the matter is that “Twilight” has incited a vampire fetish across the country. While the adult portion of its fan base may not have begun partaking publicly of such acts, it is clear that the popularity of vampiric sexuality in such books, movies etc. has led to increased acceptability of this behavior in America’s youth. Why has this fad not penetrated the adult groups? Likely, because the adults possess more common sense, given their advanced age.

So, to all those who claim that obsessive-compulsive fans of pseudo-abstinence stories have never caused damage to society, take one more look at the fans of “Twilight” and other vampire-fetish stories and try making that claim again.