I am outright stoked about the current revival of the vampire genre. Hansom, pale and powerful men with mysteries, sex appeal and fangs. What is there not to like?
Well, how about their obsession with teenage girls?
I get the initial reasons for this obscene pairing. Innocence vs sin. Evolution vs standstill. Light vs dark. A man who lives forever chooses this one, young, pure soul to share eternity with. Need I go on? It has epic written all over it.
Except the part where you are dating a teenage girl.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Buffy is brilliant and find Sookie only mildly annoying (let’s leave Twilight out of it). They are characters to identify with and are fully capable of showing femininity as well as power.
But, if you were centuries old - would you date a 17 year old girl?
The gender isn’t important here. The age is. I remember how I was when I was that age. It was not pretty. I’m not even 30 and the idea of getting involved in the everyday drama of a teenager makes me cringe.
Now imagine you have lived for several lifetimes. You have travelled the world and have explored all kinds of arts, philosophies and cultures. You might actually have made decent headway into the infinite list of “Books I should read before I die”. In that setting, would oh-my-god-my-teacher-suck and should-I –go-to-second-base type of conversations and dilemmas really be any kind of interesting?