At my paranormal blog, Beyond the Veil, we’ve spent the last month talking about our favorite television shows and the delightful pattern of networks increasing their preternatural content. Of course, there are many reasons for this, above all the fact that the supernatural has made serious bank at the box office. From Harry Potter to Twilight, wizard, witches and werewolves have been the talk of Hollywood for the last several years. But there’s a big difference between what works at the box office today and what works for television. Interestingly enough, on television, it’s all about the sex.
When we cozy up to the small screen we want our vampires veracious in the sheets, and our werewolves wonderfully naked as can be. True Blood has set the bar high on the chills and thrills of the naked kind. Even when the story is uneven or, pardon me, anticlimactic, we still eat it up with a spoon if it comes served on a platter of ripped abs and tight glutes.
The Vampire Diaries has followed suit with as much skin as the primetime airwaves will allow. Like True Blood before it, at the heart of all our sexy moments on TVD is a love triangle and a lovely young woman left to decide between the gorgeous good guy and the beautiful bad boy. I may prefer to write and read ménage, but as a viewership, we love our love triangles, the more tragic and supernatural-y, the better.
Creatures aren’t the only ones in the paranormal realm that get to shed their shirts and make us swoon. As luscious as they may look, we know that sometimes our favorite creatures need to be hunted down and taken care of. And no two hunters look as good ridding the world of evil as Dean and Sam Winchester on the CW show Supernatural. These hunky hunters are always ready to help a damsel in distress and they’re beautiful enough to have taken both a demon and an angel to bed. Now how many folks can say that? *grin*
The FOX show Fringe gives us Peter Bishop and Olivia Duhnam, the thinking man and woman’s weekly eye candy. Their sizzling sexual tension drew us in and the eventual consummation blew us away for so many interesting reason. But despite the human story in the preternatural setting, like Supernatural before it and the coming Grimm on NBC, we find the sexy in the super rather than the natural side, but we love the humanity of it all. And nothing makes us more human than the moment the clothes come off and even emotions are left nude and vulnerable.
I think witches, vampires and most recently werewolves have become the ultimate sex symbols, because they epitomize the loss of control we crave, contrasted with the incredible power we covet. There’s intimacy in the movement of magic, in the changing of skin and as always, in the consuming of blood. That intimacy used to stand in for all the intimacy we desired, and in modern times stands beside it, as we’re free to look at our fantasies for all they’re worth. Indeed, contemporary shows are full of sex, but there’s nothing quite like the sex that comes with an edge of danger of the supernatural kind. Whether we’re ogling the hunted or the hunter.
So tell me, Kittens, what’s your favorite supernatural sexy?