|(Photo from www.imdb.com)|
I’ve just been catching up on some of the vampire stories that have been made into TV series – True Blood and The Vampire Diaries – and I’m also eagerly awaiting the final instalment of the Twilight films.
Something struck me about all these though – the fact that I don’t like any of the heroes! I much prefer the other guy (in the case of Twilight) and the bad guys in the other stories. I have to admit I thoroughly disliked Edward Cullen with his controlling ways and strange supposedly protective measures when it came to his girlfriend; Jacob Black is so much more passionate (and yes, alive!). I find Bill Compton deadly dull (sorry, bad pun), while Erik Northman, the Viking vampire, is mischievous and fun in comparison. And I can’t for the life of me like Stefan Salvatore. His brother Damon may be evil, but he’s never boring!
|Erik Northman (Wikipedia photo)|
So is it just me, or does this seem wrong somehow? Surely in a story we should be rooting for the good guy, the one who is trying to do the right thing (and in this case, abstaining from drinking human blood in order not to hurt anyone)? Of course we all love a really well written “bad boy” story, but those normally end with him being reformed by the heroine and turned into the good guy at the end. Or the reader is shown from the beginning that he’s just hiding his true colours behind a façade and needs to fall in love in order to be saved. But that’s not the case with these vampire stories as far as I can see.
It could of course have something to do with the fact that I personally find the actors portraying the bad guys more attractive, but I read the books first and felt the same way.
|Jacob black (Wikipedia photo)|
I don’t really have an answer here, I guess I’m just kind of thinking out loud. But I’d love to hear everyone else’s take on this – discuss please?
And please come back on Sunday to hear from Liz