Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Edward Complex. Those Vamps think they're SO smart!

As a human (and proud of it, thanks), I just don't get those nicey-nice vamps.

Quick reminder: I'm Team Edward, Team Spike, Team Eric, Team Damon. Give me another vamp series, and I'll give you a team. Boy, what would we do without the idea of 'team?' Now, back to my 'E' post for the A to Z Challenge.

When you look at the goody-two-shoes Vampires in pop culture, something keeps coming up. I'm naming it The Edward Complex, but it could very easily be called The Angel Complex or The Kinda-Sorta-Bill/Eric complex. Have I lost you? No? Fantastic!

Something bad happens and WHAM!

'Oh, I'm so terrible for you.'

'But you should have a normal life.'

'I'm an evil thing that drinks blood and kills people and punches puppies.'

Not really punches puppies. Seriously, people. They're not that evil. :)

Edward leaves Bella, Angel leaves Buffy. They think they're so smart, and what happens? The girls move on, well, Buffy did anyway. Because she's the better B (see Christa's post on this - spot on). So, why the complex? Why do they think they're right, that they have the right to make choices for two people?

Because they're older? Because they're wiser?

No. It's because they're a teensy bit selfish.

Which brings me to Bill Compton and Eric Northman. Now, these yummies know something about selfish. They don't leave Sookie (well, Bill kinda did, but Eric hasn't, um, yet), but they try to run her life like it's their job. Bill (Moody McPouterson) and Eric (sorry...drooling...can't make up a funny-sounding name...oops, still drooling) don't fit into The Edward Complex, but hey, we're having a vamp discussion, right? Can't forget anyone (James, Carlisle, The Master, Stefan, all the vonderful actors who played the Count over the years, THE COUNT (von, two, three...ah ah ah), Lestat, that greasy-haired vamp/werewolf dude from Underworld, Jim Carrey, and yes, even Kiefer Sutherland).

Who else? I know I missed a ton.

For those of you writing a book starring vamps, do any of your manly bloodsuckers succumb to the Edward Complex? Do they actually leave the beautiful woman to cry herself into oblivion? Then get upset when she finds someone else (I'm skipping safely over Riley and moving on to Spike, just so we're clear)? How about your lady vamps? I always imagined female vampires would be more ruthless than the men. How else do you explain Victoria, Darla, Drusilla, Vamp Willow? How awesome was Vamp Willow? Honestly.

Enough of my ramblings. :) Thanks for the congrats yesterday. You are all truly wonderful!


As always, the lovely pics aren't mine.


Cheree said...

I'm team Spike... boy, I love the bad boys.

I've written a vampire novel and actually my female MC is so much more dangerous than the boy.

Dafeenah said...

I don't like the goody goody vamps of today. I prefer the blood thirsty vamps of the Lost Boys.


Heather M. Gardner said...

All vampires should be evil, but that is another post!

In defense of Angel he knew all about his original vamp self, Angelus, and had good reason to dump the Buffy. Not that we have to like it! But breaking his vow and sleeping with Buffy did unleash Angelus on to the unsuspecting populace!

So hot though!

M.J. Fifield said...

Well, I'm not Team Edward (I'm not Team Jacob either though I do think he looks better shirtless) but I agree with the rest of your vamp teams. My favorite Angel episodes are the one where Angelus puts in an appearance.

And you're right...Buffy is far and away the better B.

M.J. Fifield
My Pet Blog

Christine Danek said...

You just made my day. Thinking of all the vamps of course. I love them all.
Buffy is way better. Ahh, I miss Angel and Spike.
I am team Edward, but I do love me some Lestat.

Alicia Gregoire said...

Moody McPouterson = hilarious!

N. R. Williams said...

Hmmm, I do believe that Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt played vampires. I am not a big fan, but I did write a short story last autumn with a vampire in it for a blog fest. He called 911 after nearly killing a girl outside her job at Bonfils Blood Center. LOL
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

AllMyPosts said...


Good view upon the subject. I just completed the twilight series. Now I understand what you are saying!!

This is cool analysis!!

with warm regards

Trisha said...

Great entry. I really love the True Blood vamps - they're so EEEVIL. :D

Alleged Author said...

Spike, Spike, Spike! I lurve him!

Lisa Galek said...

You forgot your Hunger Games team!

I have to say I'm Team Jacob. If you want to fight me I totally understand. :)

Carrie said...

Vamp Willow totally deserved her own show.

With Spike in it.

Moody vamps are the worst. Honestly, you're young and hot forever! Is it that bad?

The Golden Eagle said...

I always find it odd that it's (more often than not) the guys who are the vampires, instead of the other way around--why shouldn't there be more women vampires?

RosieC said...

So, dork that I am, I'm kinda team Riley, even if he's a total gov't dork. But if it has to be a vamp, I'm team Angel, actually. Especially when he's on his own. To quote from season 1 of BtvS "He HAS to call me".

Anyway, digression over.

In the one bit of vamp dabbling that I do, my vamp is obsessed with MC a la Spike in seasons 4 and 5. No soul, and ruining lives. It's awesome and selfish in ways that Edward couldn't dream about, being such a goodie-guy (don't get me wrong, I'm team Edward, too). It's fun, and, frankly, I think it's WAY truer to vamp nature. But, I guess my guy doesn't have a soul. Perhaps that's the difference :)

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