Many Twilight-Bashers Miss The Point

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Look, I hate Twilight as much as the next person. Actually, I probably hate it more than most. Twilight does not do any favors for women—and it also does not do any favors in terms of its portrayal of vampires. And I like women. And I like vampires. Love them, even. Since I was in second or third grade. Vampires, I mean.

I hate self-hating vampire guys who fall in love with local girls who are human but somehow special (Angel, Mick St. John, Stefan Salvatore, Bill Compton), but I can still enjoy the stories in which they are central characters. And I am not a fan of supernatural worlds in which “vampires” are so different from what I imagine that they hardly qualify for the name (Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse vampires and the vampires of Supernatural). And yet these stories can still be incredibly enjoyable.

Twilight takes both of these common flaws in vampire stories to new, upsetting extremes.

Twilight features the Cullen family of “vampires,” who are a small clan of self-hating vampires who live in secret but try to have a semblance of human lives. Not every vampire in the Twilight universe fits this description, but the “good guy” vampires do.

The “vampires” in Twilight better resemble human-shaped, venomous (for some reason) golems made out of sparkly caesarstone than vampires. I mean, really.

Twilight-bashing should never translate to vampire-bashing. Aside from the readers, vampires are the real victims, here. Vampires, from the older stories of magical beings or ravenous dead that feed upon the flesh or blood of the …

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Watch This: The Good Wife

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You guys, all of my shows are about to start back up. On September 29th, the new seasons of Clone Wars and Merlin begin, and season two of Young Justice continues. On September 30th, in addition to the pilot of 666 Park Avenue (which I may watch, despite the silly title), the second season premiere of Once Upon A Time and the fourth season premiere of The Good Wife airs.

It’s The Good Wife, everyone. It’s extremely well done.

And you know that it has to be well-done, because I almost never watch anything that does not have magic or superpowers or spaceships, because not having superpowers is what I do in real life—I don’t need a television show for that.

I do make occasional exceptions to that. I have a few comedy shows that I watch (Parks and Recreation is amazing, and also starting up this month). Usually, unless a show really appeals to all of my harmful stereotypical instincts (like the Australian teen dance drama, Dance Academy, oh my goodness do not laugh at me it is way better than it sounds; I caught it by accident one night and just couldn’t stop watching), the only thing that gets my television-viewing outside of the interesting realms of fantasy and science fiction is one or more nightmarishly (and I use that word as a compliment) strong female personalities. The Closer. Major Crimes. Commander In Chief. Political Animals. Each of these has a female protagonist. Each of these has a powerful female protagonist.

I like powerful female protagonists. With The Good Wife, my cup runneth over.

There’s a set of three powerful women who dominate the show: Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), the protagonist, who spent a couple of years as a lawyer after law school, but decided to be a stay-at-home mom while her husband entered politics and became the State’s Attorney of Cook County (which contains Chicago; “State’s Attorney” is Illinois gibberish for District Attorney, by the way). The very first scene of the series is her husband, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth)* resigning his office after numerous allegations of cheating and corruption surfaced.

Months later, as the story begins, Alicia has moved to earn money for herself and her two children. She is still married to, but in a strained relationship with, her husband. And she has gotten a job at a law firm—one of the partners being an old friend from law school.

The other two powerful female protagonists are law firm name-partner Diane Lockhart (played by the incomparable Christine Baranski) and that law firm’s enigmatic in-house investigator, Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi). There are a number of other wonderful main and recurring characters (personally, I really love the two teenage Florrick children—though I like the son a lot more than I like the daughter).

Unlike with some shows that I watch which are tragically canceled, I am not the only one who feels this way about The Good Wife. In its first three seasons, the series and cast have been nominated for 21 Emmy awards, and they have won a few of those as well as a number of other awards, which I could list here but I’ll let you look them up yourselves.

Watch The Good Wife, you guys. If I could only recommend one show . . . other than Legend of Korra, that is . . . it would be The Good Wife. It’s too good to miss. If you’re as crazy as I am, you might even have time to catch up before too many episodes of this new season have aired.

*Yes, that’s Chris Noth from Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. There is a lot of crossover on this show from three sources: Law & Order, The Closer, and especially True Blood. You know how Arlene on True Blood is kind of dumb and Russell Edgington is fairly menacing? Well, those actors repeatedly guest star a secretly genius attorney and an extremely goofy judge on The Good Wife, respectively.

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‘True Blood’: Let’s Talk Pam and Eric for a Second, OK?

photo of pam and eric pictures I’m not going to recap an entire episode of ‘True Blood’, but I am going to discuss one specific part of it. In order to do that I need to give you a quick crash course in the characters so you can follow along. Okay, Sookie is a waitress/mind reader/fairy that lives in the town of Bon Temps, LA. Vampires exist and have “come out of the coffin” and are mainstream with humans. In this town there are also shifters, werewolves, werepanthers, magic, and a bunch of other nonsense.

I’m going to focus on the vampire part of this show. See, according to ‘True Blood’ vampires can be “makers” – which means they drain you, give you their blood, go to ground with you (get buried), and then they teach you how to be a vampire. Apparently, it’s a very intense bond.

One of the main “maker” “progeny” relationships on the show would be Eric (maker) and Pam (progeny). They run a business together and have a very father/daughter/best friend relationship. Well, in 5 Episode 51 ‘Whatever I Am, You Made Me’, we see their origin. Pam was a hooker and madam and Eric was a customer. Eric is drawn to Pam because she really has no fear, she’s attacked (Eric saves her) and she doesn’t care that he just killed someone in front of her. He takes her in a room where two vampires are feeding on one of her girls an again, “NBD” for Pam, and naturally they hookup.

During some routine pillow talk, Pam asks Eric to make her a vampire. She doesn’t want to grow old because of “the life that awaits women like” herself. He declines stating he doesn’t want the responsibility of being a vampire parent. This is the scene I want to discuss.

Pam is not a spring chicken. She’s beautiful, but older, and she seems to have a good thing going in her century. She’s got money and killer clothes and a business. But she’s doing that thing that all women do where she’s looking in the future and predicting it. In her mind she ends up with TB or syphilis, alone, and exiled because no one wants an old whore. This is Pam’s fear and she …

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Vampires in Texas?

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Between Twilight and True Blood, vampires seem to be all the rage these days.  The humanization of a heretofore stereotypically evil creature has been an interest societal twist.

Unless you want to consider that real vampires are running amok out there … and in Texas, of all places.

From WMUR:

Police arrested a man who they say broke into a woman’s apartment and bit her on the neck, claiming to be a vampire.

Investigators said Lyle Bensley used his foot to break the door down and get …

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