The Vampire Diaries Producer Compares Blood Suckers to James Dean

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It started with Twilight and Robert Pattinson.

It's extended to Stephen Moyer and True Blood.

Now, coming to The CW this fall, vampires will be featured in a sexy light once again, thanks to The Vampire Diaries. How did these blood suckers become so popular?

“The vampire is the new James Dean,” Julie Plec, the writer and executive producer of The Vampire Diaries, a show based on L. J. Smith novels, told The New York Times. “There is something so still and sexy about these young erotic predators."

Taking a look at Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, below, it's hard to argue with that analysis:

Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
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