Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vampires vs. werewolves: Race and rivalry

We all know that the sustaining love triangle in the Twilight series isn't just about two boys who want one girl--it's about a vampire and a werewolf, (im)mortal enemies, fighting over a human. If Stephenie Meyers' books haven't hammered that antagonism into your head already, then look no further than every other piece of supernatural lore: Vampires and werewolves don't get along. It's bloodlust versus peacekeeping. It's the dead grappling with the living.
And, apparently, it's a matter of race and class.
For the sake of argument, I'll be looking at the two most popular series/shows about vampires, werewolves, and all manner of creepy creatures: Twilight and True Blood. These two shows, though not the majority, have dictated many people's current views of the vampire and werewolf archetypes.

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