[disinfo ed.'s note: The following is a modified excerpt from Vampires Are Us: Understanding Our Love Affair with the Immortal Dark Side by Margot Adler.]
Most of us are in conflict over issues of power. We want it; we distrust it; we get twisted by it; we abuse it; we struggle with our love and hate of it. And in a shifting, changing world, we often feel powerless.
It’s easy to see why teenagers, who often feel vulnerable, powerless, and invisible in the world, are attracted to vampires. They experience the abuse of power more clearly than grown-ups who have acclimated to cultural norms and keep telling them, “That’s just how the world works, honey.” Bullied by other children, or becoming bullies themselves, under the thumb of parents and school, young people are in the best time of their lives to understand the abuses of power in society—and to imagine another world where these issues are resolved differently.… Read the rest