Why do you think girls claim to "be in love" with Eric and Dylan? Or worship them?? It's funny how they're still talked about when they did something so tragic
Good question! And funnily enough, I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. (Beware, this answer may be long). I’m gonna compare two seperate situations here. In 2015, Frances Bean Cobain (bless her beautiful soul) did an interview for Rolling Stone mag to which she shared life after the death of her infamous dad, Kurt cobain. She shared a quote that stuck out to me: “Even though Kurt died in the most horrific way possible, there is this mythology and romanticism that surrounds him, because he’s 27 forever. The shelf life of an artist or musician isn’t particularly long. Kurt has gotten to icon status because he will never age”. I think the same goes with Eric & Dylan, here’s why. Just like Frances said of Kurt, they will forever be 17 & 18, and just like the shelf life of a musician isn’t forever, neither is being a teenager, but for them it is. And there is plenty of romanticism that circulates around the two boys, because of the things we know of them. The things they wrote in their diaries, accounts we’ve heard from their friends & Sue Klebold, it all adds up to that of the life of what a lot of teenagers go through, but don’t speak out about. They’re almost like a voice, if you will, for the angst, sad, rejected, bullied. They’re also a voice for the ones keeping destructive secrets on the inside. Poster boys for the social rejects. Not to say they were two completely isolated individuals, because I know they had friends, but it’s what they felt personally, on the inside that gets a lot of people going “yeah, you know what I get that”. And so with that, I think a lot of people (fan girls etc) find comfort in it, the thought of being forever young as well, as gruesome as it sounds. Not to say their actions should be over looked and that what happened was okay, but it’s their story that people hold onto so much. And not having the basement tapes, only having limited info about the duo creates mystery too. In short: I think people look up to them/obsess/relate because they’ll never age, and although not everyone has homicidal thoughts, you can’t say you’ve never felt partially at least one emotion that we know they did. It’s a “this is what 15 feels like” kind of thing.