Vampires used to burn in the sun and drink human blood, but now they sparkle and have gone "vegetarian." One might ask, did Twilight "de-fang" the vampire?
Sparkling bodies aside, when Twilight came out, vampires were starting to be seen as something other than evil. They were tortured souls that didn’t ask for their fates. They were human beings that happened to be dead. They had feelings, loved ones, and a desire to be human again. Stephenie Meyer crossed a line that was never crossed before, if it was, it didn’t have the same impact as her story had. For the first time, a human fell in love with a monster… a conceptual Beauty and the Beast story, except this time the beast stays a beast. Bella had to learn to love Edward, though it wasn’t hard, and had to except him for the undead being that he was. In the same token, Edward had to take every bit of strength he had not to kill her.
Along with putting vampires in a better light, Twilight also paid homage to the werewolf, shape-shifter actually, showing that they were aggressive but very protective of family, friends, loved ones, and members of their tribe. Though werewolves could practically match the strengths of a vampire and could actually kill them, Twilight brought the two together by spinning a tale of love that was strong enough for them to risk their lives and work together.
Has Twilight "De-fanged" the Vampire?
Though they may not feast on humans, turn into bats, or burn in the sun, it doesn't mean that they are any less fierce. They still can kill just as easily. The biggest difference is the Cullen's dedication to love, loyalty, and preservation of human life. This is what makes these vampires more human than monster. De-fanged or not, Stephenie Meyer's love story shows that love has no bounds and death can not stand in the way, making it easy for anyone to fall for this unorthodox Romeo and Juliet.
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