Is Meyer watching?
Watching The Vampire Diaries, like reading Twilight, is a guilty pleasure. On the contemporary vampire continuum, it is less abstinence pornified than Twilight and less hyper-sexualized than True Blood. It’s like a caffeinated Twilight or an alcohol-free True Blood.
I am particularly enjoying the the gibes it make at Twilight and wondering if Meyer is watching. If so, does she appreciate the intertextuality or bristle at the mockery?
The most extended jeer, delivered by Damon, was perhaps the best:
Watching the series post-Twilight (even though the books were published before Meyer’s saga) Elena seems to function as foil to Bella – she puts Bella’s undying devotion and rather weak-kneed femininity into sharp relief. Recently, Elena noted she is not going to be one of those girls that goes all mopey over a guy in a delicious anti-Bella dig.
Elena ran from Stefan when she discovered he is a vampire. She asked him to leave when he shows up in her bedroom uninvented. When she told him “I can’t be with you Stefan,” my daughter quipped “That sounds like the opposite of Bella.”
They are not quite opposites though – both are toothpick thin, both have introspective and brooding personalities, both are drawn to not one but two dangerous males… Yet, if they swapped places, I suspect Elena would not put up with Edward’s more controlling antics and Bella would likely turn the more complex and discerning Stefan off with her swooning devotion.
I wonder what Meyer thinks? I have seen no mention of the show or LJ Smith’s books on her website but I can’t help but be curious — when Elena caustically notes, “When you google vampire you get a world a fiction,”did Meyer recognize this as a contemptuous shout-out to her own google-research loving self?