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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bite Much?

So I've been in a vampire-y mood recently.

I'm not sure exactly why, or how, it happened, all I know is that I've been watching episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer over and over. Shit, I have probably watched "The Gift" like five times already. (You know, that episode where Buffy dies, the second time?)

Also, the number of Curses toward Stephanie Meyer has gone up.

It's very disconcerting, because once my interest in fictional vampire rises, my overwhelming hatred for Twilight rises as well. Not that this post will be about Twilight, because I don't feel up to it. I just wanted to point out that they're like connected, and my obsession on the paranormal had gotten to the point where I'm comparing everything. I think I reached the point where I could literally write essays on Pop Culture and vampires.

Like for example, The Vampire Diaries. Coug made me watch the pilot episode, which, shockingly, actually piqued my interest. So now, in the space of two days, I have watched about 8ish episodes. Honestly, it's not that bad of a show, if you like the drama. I dislike that the drama takes priority over the whole vampire thing, but since Meyer ruined vampires, it's the only thing that takes off.

Well, anyway, I've been watching that show, and it's not too shabby. I mean the writing sucks, and plot can be a bit campy, but otherwise, it's pretty entertaining. I guess my main problem with the show is that it feels like it's trying too hard to be Buffy. Bonnie, for example, is a werewolf (later, lesbian-witch) and red hair away from being Willow, and Jeremy's character is giving off a Xander-ish vibe, while his role is more Dawn-ish. Vicki is reminiscent of Faith, the "dark" Slayer, despite the fact that Vicki dies pretty quickly. And Caroline. *Sigh* Caroline, while being the stereotypical high-school-bitch character, is coming off very Cordelia-like, and is very bad at it. She's like Cordy-wannabe, and frankly it's annoying. Their roles are pretty much the same- the vapid bitchy girl who is always the victim, she goes after the main girl's vamp boyfriend, tactless, a cheerleader. She's pretty much a stock character, and although that's probably why the characters are so similar, Cordelia was so much better at it. I will say this, though: Damon, the second vampire, is awesome. He just is. The Mayor of Mystic Falls, Richard Lockwood, is too much like the Mayor of Sunnydale, Richard Wilkins, for my taste. Remember him? He turned into a pure demon at graduation. So I was kind of glad when Lockwood died.

And the whole Lapis Lazuli ring thing just screams Spike-With-The-Gem-of-Amara. That aspect of it is apparently of L.J Smith's creation, so I guess it's up to interpretation. The writing sucks, btw. I mean, some parts are pretty good, but others need some serious tightening up, if we're going to be honest. Also, Nina Dobrev sucks at playing a 1860's lady. It comes out fake, forced and slightly annoying.

I looked up the books. And just let me say, if the writers go with the original plot line, and Elena dies and comes back, they will kill the show. I do not care who came up with the resurrection thing first: Joss Whedon or L.J. Smith. Resurrecting the main female in a vampire/paranormal television show just screams "Buffy!" and the critics will probably eviscerate it. Violently.

However, despite my misgivings, the show is entertaining. Regardless of similarities, the show is no BtVS, but it is fun and entertaining nonetheless. Maybe later on it'll get better? Truly I don't know, but I look forward to finding out. : )