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I Thought He Was Just Getting Long In the Tooth: Fictional Characters and Supernatural Revelations

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You know, having read at least a dozen series about vampires, werewolves, and such, (including the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer), I’ve begun to wonder if I’m the only person in the world who would have a screaming, hysterical fit should someone I know make me aware that he or she is a vampire. Or a werewolf. Or ANYTHING THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE FICTIONAL.

So, as much as I love fantasy novels, I find myself thinking, quite often, “Really? It took her like a minute and a half to process this information? And now she’s going to just roll with it? Seriously?”
For example, take the scene in Twilight in which Bella confronts Edward about what he truly is. (SPOILER: Edward’s a vampire.) During the scene, Edward shows his extraordinary speed and strength. He also informs Bella that not killing her is extremely difficult for him as the scent of her blood is extremely attractive to him.

Does Bella see this as maybe a warning to keep away? Does she see this as a big ol’ red flag that this guy probably isn’t safe? No, of course not. She finds it incredibly romantic that Edward refrains from eating her.

THAT IS NOT INCREDIBLY ROMANTIC; THAT IS NORMAL BEHAVIOR. Your boyfriend (or potential boyfriend) SHOULDN’T want to drain you dry. This is the kind of stuff that makes me nuts about these novels. I don’t know a single person who’d just take that kind of thing in stride, so it’s hard for me to buy it in a book.

I realize authors only have so many pages in which to cover the plot and characters, but just once, I’d like to see a character react with something besides a “no big deal” attitude. JUST. ONCE.

I’m really asking: am I the only one who feels this way? Does anyone else read this stuff and roll their eyes at the characters’ responses?

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  • Jason

    Many adventure, horror and fantasy stories contain characters that are fun to read about or watch on screen but I would never want to meet in real life. Vampire is the Latin spelling of the Gothic word Umpire, Latin does not have a letter U, and it means Overlord. The army of the Gothic Royal house of Vere has a reputation for being especially blood thirsty and rapacious and their battle flag sports the image of a wolf. They are thus known as verewolves. From the perspective of the Romans the Goths lived “across the Sylvan lands” or in Transylvania. I wonder if the Sylvanesti Elves live there too.