Vampire Love

Click here for 10 human/vampire pairings more romantic than Twilight.

I think the problem with the Twilight story is two fold.

1. It’s a lazy rip off of the TV show Roswell, turning the aliens into vampires

2. the message that women find the truest passion by falling for a killer/predator because her love can tame him – is harmful to women – there are good guys who there who are not fixer uppers, who already know how to not kill or maim or harm people – it taps into whatever it is that makes so many women fall for prisoners who are in for murder and rapes and gives the woman the illusion of control

So the Twilight girl’s choice is between a man-beast or an undead man;both of whom are dangerous, even though the man-beast is castrated and the undead one has to excerise extreme self control or kill the girl he loves – which the Canadian vampire show Nick Knight played on very effectively.

It might not be the message intended, but it goes right back to the gothic story telling traditions:

  • young girl comes to a manor as the nanny or housekeeper
  • symbolically and figuratively, opens the house to air/sunlight and uncovers deep family secrets
  • and they end with the manor being consumed by fire
  • and the girl escaping with the tormented man, now free from whatever the secret was and free of his formerly binding family obligations

In real life, women have more choices than beasts and predators; but that’s all that these movies contemplate.

Even Buffy got a nice middle class boyfriend from the mid-west in between vampire boyfriends.

4 thoughts on “Vampire Love

  1. A lot of books and movies targeted toward women have a similar underlying message: Having a man is the only thing that will make you happy, and you are half a person without one.

    These are often stories written and direct by women, too. My wife was watching 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigel the other day, and the whole movie was built around how unhappy she is because her sister is dating the man she is sectretly in love with. She got the longing angst look down pat by the beginning of the third act.

    I read a fairly sappy book about an author who finds sudden success and abandons all the people who supported him (god I wish that were me!). His wife spends the entire book crying about him and reaffirming through her actions that she might as well not exist without him. Love is neato, but that’s bordering on mental instability.

    • I used to work in a law office and a woman who was involved in prisoner rights came in – she wanted to have her hubby moved from Ontario to BC.

      I couldn’t even look her in the face, I was so appalled by her – the dude was already in jail for raping and murdering 5 women.

      Where in her brain does that suggest marriage material?

      and what kind of equality and decent society says that law abiding, tax paying, community contributing gays and lesbians can’t get married

      but rapist/murderers are good to go.

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