The writing aside, The Vampire Diaries has a serious witch problem. A very serious witch problem. Up until one point, all the witches on this show are black ('cause you know, Blacks and their voodoo and juju and all that. UGH!). Up until one point - because later on we find out that the original witch is... white. Of course! This makes me so angry that if I could cast a spell on this show, it would be a very dark one.
However, I must be the one under a spell, or under compulsion because I massively enjoy watching this show. So much that I've already re:watched the first season plus the first eight episodes of the second season. I'm not sure if mine is a teenage heart or a teenage mind. The former is not so bad, but the latter... The truth is that so and so tv shows
The Vampire Diaries (season 2, episode 2: "Brave New World")
Obviously, I am aware it's not exactly the same thing. In TVD, this boy/man/vampire (whatever) is doing a romantic gesture for his girlfriend, whom he loves, because he knows that's what she wants. That's what she needs. In The Bachelor, there is nothing romantic about the gesture this man does, starting with the fact that the girl could have been any other girl - they were all interchangeable. The bachelor's purpose is strictly to impress, to show off his power. And that's exactly where these two gestures intersect: power. Money-power, to be more specific. In Stefan's case, compulsion is his currency. (IRL, he would have had to bribe the guard to let him use the ferris wheel.) Needless to say, that moment on The Bachelor was absolutely sickening. Well, everything about that show was sickening. What was particularly sickening about these big empty gestures on The Bachelor was that not only the girls on the show were expected to be impressed by them, but also the female viewers were expected to be impressed. The problem is: men who do big gestures like these to impress their dates are usually the men who treat women as accessories, as trophies. Ha. In a way, these men really are vampires. This misogynistic a-hole of a bachelor used to go on and on about how the woman on a man's arm represents him, about how he has to invest in her. Make her. Transform her. Call it however you like, but this jerk's views on heterosexual relationships is exactly what's going on in both Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. Edward's power is transferred to Bella. Stefan's power is transferred to Elena. Both girls are transformed. They become vampires. They become women. As if their transition to vampirism/womanhood would have been impossible in the absence of these powerful men. These might be another type of fairy tales, but the gender stereotypes remain the same. And don't be fooled, stereotypes is what they really sell. Love is just a cover-up. And yet: being aware of all this doesn't change the fact that I enjoy these vampire stories way more than I should / than it's healthy.
Going on a rant about the freaking Vampire Diaries was not my intention when I started this post, though. (There is actually another theme I was surprised to find in the third season of TVD: domestic violence. But I'll leave that for another time.) This was supposed to be just a quick post about the patterns formed by my pop cultural consumption.
(Later edit: the TV.com photo recaps are hilarious!)
Found on The Vampire Diaries Facebook page earlier today:
According to an article I found flipping through an old magazine last night, Damon is right. Dracula is a she.
Strange that I should stumble upon this exactly when I'm reading Dracula.
LUCEAFĂRUL - Almanah Estival '88