Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Does Hollywood misrepresent today's teen vampires?
So I rented Lost Boys 2. Couldn't help myself. When I was in high school I was in love with Jason Patric in the original.
Here's the thing. Yes, the original film was campy. And some of the jokes were goofy. But it had a point: Teens searching for family/father figure find it by becoming vampires - and head vampire is searching for mother for his "boys."
Lost Boys 2 is about teens who want to get laid. They become vampires so they can continue to get laid.
I think Gen Y is so often portrayed as sex addicts. The music marketed to them is all about getting booty. Television shows have them hooking up all the time - and going all the way. Shoot, even MTV's The Real World - which was very issue-oriented when I was in my 20s, especially season 3 with Pedro Zamora - has become a vehicle for watching drunken orgies.
I don't think Gen Y is like that. I'm around a lot of this cohort as an adjunct professor. But what is shocking to me is that how often they are not bothered by this portrayal of their generation.