It’s a question of… choosing your vampire

The major movie event this week “seems” to be New moon. I have to admit that I’m pretty jealous of Stephenie Meyer’s success. It has the same effect on me as Helen Fielding’s achievement with Bridget Jones’s Diary: Why didn’t I think of that?

I haven’t read Meyer’s books or seen New Moon (yet) but I did see the first film, Twilight. Just to find out what all the fuss was about. Being a very (very) big fan of Buffy the vampire slayer, I didn’t expect to become an immediate groupie of the Twilight team. No danger of that. I think the weird jumping-around-in-trees-at-incredible-speed scene was the last straw.

Of course, had I found Edward the vampire or Jacob the wolf mildly attractive – or Bella a little bit interesting – I would probably have become a Twilight addict too. But for me, the only fantasy-worthy vampire in the film was Carlisle Cullen (played by Peter Facinelli), and even he can’t compete with the all-male Buffy vampires : Spike (James Marsters) and Angel (David Boreanaz).

New Moon apparently has fans divided between Edward and Jacob. Just like Buffy the Vampire Slayer had an Angel team and a Spike team. I was massively into Spike (and unconditionally so after “Smashed”, season 6,  9th episode… ).

But I think that the reason I was (and still am) such a great Buffy fan is because of Buffy. She’s the “Chosen One”, she’s strong, sexy, and unafraid of “the darkness”. She’s a fighter. But she’s also funny and gets to fall in love and (well, yes…) have sex with hunky guys and vampires (real dangerous vampires – not the Twilight version that get all shiny in sunlight). Nothing to do with Twilight’s Bella, who kind of needs to be protected all the time.

All this to say that I am of course going to see New Moon (as soon as I can catch in on a streaming website). To satisfy my curiosity and the Judy Blume teenager that’s still in me. But I beg you: if you’re a Twilight fan and haven’t yet watched Buffy the vampire slayer, please do, starting with season 1, episode 1, and see for yourself. Only then will you really know which vampire to choose…

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3 responses to “It’s a question of… choosing your vampire

  1. There is just something about Buffy’s strength that makes her impressively sexy. Chicks with guns just don’t have anything on women who deal with their enemies face to face. Selene in Underworld is another one, even though she is on the other side of the fence, she is still VERY sexy.
    I am just not sure that the defenseless-needs-to-be-protected type will have the same kind of appeal.

  2. Victoria D

    I am a big Buffy and Angel’s fan! I think their love is immortal, how Whedon describes them it is like a honor, the best ever. For me Twilight is just a bad imitation, I prefer with 101% sure Buffy/Angel has chemical between them. Angel is so beautiful… better than any Edward Cullen. ANGEL/ANGELUS TEAM!

  3. There is just something about Buffy’s strength that makes her impressively sexy. Chicks with guns just don’t have anything on women who deal with their enemies face to face. Selene in Underworld is another one, even though she is on the other side of the fence, she is still VERY sexy.I am just not sure that the defenseless-needs-to-be-protected type will have the same kind of appeal.
    +1

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