In recent times, the once sinister and devilish Vampire race have been castrated by Hollywood Film industry. In their place they have been replaced with dark, brooding and very sparkly vampires who exist to charm girls and men to buy movie tickets. The image of the vampire has shifted from the days of “Nosferatu” to the “Twilight” series but on overarching theme does remain in the narrative; the dominance over women. The story is the same girl meets vampire but is not sure if she meets vampire at all. The next step is the either girl figures out on her own or vampire reveals his true identity inadvertently and then all hell breaks loose. We either have a love story or something sinister occurs and girl must be rescued.
This is a common dynamic in the Vampire/Human dynamic until Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer debut probably around fifteen years ago. (Shit, I am old!) Buffy was probably one of the bigger TV shows in its time and also one of the first to have a strong female character in a vampire dynamic. She was incredibly strong cheerleader that spent her time hitting the books as well as murdering everything from vampires, werewolves and various other devilish creatures in Sunnydale. Buffy does fell into the stereotypical girl/vampire relationship like Bella but her relationships were starkly different. It was a TV show so obviously she had to have those types of romances but she is never made into a victim from it. She was completely capable of saving herself in she was in any trouble from enemies or evil doers. Do her vampire boyfriends help her from time to time? Of Course, but it never turns into a one sided dependency that weakens her as a character. She has even been willing to sacrifice her vampire lovers if it interfered with greater good of the community. So the Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the modern day response feminist response to the male dominated vampire dynamic.