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19岁少年入室企图吸血 吸血鬼题材作品引热议

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小编摘要:美国一19岁少年破门入室,企图吸人血被捕。他声称自己是只500岁的吸血鬼,需要觅食。这一事件引发对近年来吸血鬼题材文艺作品热度上升的讨论。这类电影、书籍、图片对青少年的影响恐怕需要重新评估。

导读:随着《暮光之城》、《吸血鬼日记》等影视作品的热播,全美掀起一股“吸血鬼热”。但居然出现一个19岁少年破门入室,企图吸人血被捕的事件。他声称自己是只500岁的吸血鬼,需要觅食。细究起来,这种事件也并非是第一次。于是,对于这类吸血鬼题材的文艺作品会对青少年造成怎样的影响,人们开始热烈的讨论。

有作家称,现代社会每个人都有孤独感、隔阂感,内心都有恐为人知的小秘密,感觉起来就和吸血鬼一样,但真有人幻想自己是吸血鬼去干坏事,还是令人不可思议。而大学老师说,当今青少年为吸血鬼所吸引,主要因为一些电影中吸血鬼大都时尚、强壮、美丽而且永远年轻,比如《暮光之城》中的爱德华,英俊而又很“安全”。

 The arrest of an American man who broke into a woman's house and tried to suck her blood over the weekend has sparked discussion about the impact of vampire books and movies on youth culture.

Whether pop culture played a role in the attack remains to be seen, as 19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley awaits a psychiatric evaluation in jail on burglary charges in Galveston, Texas.

Found growling and hissing in a parking lot and wearing only boxer shorts, the pierced and tattooed Bensley claimed he was a 500-year-old vampire who needed to "feed," Galveston Police Capt. Jeff Heyse said.

Vampires have been a focal point of literature since Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, "Dracula". But fascination, particularly among young people, has peaked in recent years with the popularity of the "Twilight" books about teenage vampires and the television series, "True Blood."

"I think the vampire is a metaphor for the outsider and the predator in all of us," said author Anne Rice, whose Vampire Chronicles series has captured the imaginations of horror fans since the 1970s.

"We're all conscious at times of being alone, of being alienated, of being a secret self that fears exposure to the judgments of others. So we feel like vampires," she told Reuters.

Bensley is now being held in the Galveston County Jail on a $40,000 bond for home burglary with intent to commit a felony.

The woman, who lived near Bensley and did not know him, escaped the attack unharmed, Heyse said.

Kevin Petroff, chief of the Galveston County District Attorney's office, told Reuters no defense attorney has been appointed to date, and if Bensley had hired a lawyer privately, no notice had been filed.

YOUTHFUL FOR ETERNITY

Dr. Thomas Garza, who teaches a course in vampire lore at the University of Texas, said young people might aspire to be like vampires because they cheat death and are able to stay beautiful, powerful, and youthful for eternity.

The modern vampire in popular culture is more attractive, suave, and fashionably dressed than the Old World Slavic vampires, adding to the resurgence of their appeal, he added.

"I would say that it is the Twilight saga in particular that has brought out the younger teen fans. In that connection, Edward is a very 'safe' vampire, a kind of 'starter vamp' for beginners, if you will," Garza said.

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2011-08-19 14:00 编辑:claudiaenglish
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