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Wanted: Female Vampires NOT obsessed with men, beauty, or motherhood as women’s primary role…

November 9, 2009

Episoide 8 of The Vampire Diaries introduced Lexi, a longtime friend of Stefan. Finally we get a smart, powerful, fun-loving, and good-hearted female vampire. She was not depicted as a love interest or as desperately seeking a man — rare indeed! Further, she went out of her way to encourage Elena not to give up on Stefan  – an altruistic deed. She was even depicted as STRONGER than the show’s male vamps. So, why did she have to be killed off within the hour? No fair, no fair, no fair!!!

There are other rumblings in the blogosphere about the lack of female vampires (see here for example). Twilight has  it’s share of female vamps of course, but each is either obsessed with a dude, with being a mom, or with her own beauty! It would be nice if we had one female vampire in Meyer’s series that was not stereotypically feminine. Even Alice, who is one of my favorite characters, is associated with being the ultimate female consumer who goes gaga over clothing, makeovers, and weddings.

I am not conversant in texts aimed at tweens or the YA market, but here (in no particular order) are some suggestions for those of you seeking other female vampire characters and/or feminist vampire tales:

Novels and Short Stories:

Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez

The Vampire Tapestry, Suzie McKee Charnas

Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice

The Sookie Stackhouse Series, Charlaine Harris

“Carmilla,” Sheridan LeFanu

“A Mystery of the Campagna,” Anne Crawford

“The Lady of the House of Love,” Angela Carter

Films and Television:

The Hunger

Near Dark

Let the Right One In (Eli)

Nadja

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (i.e. Darla)

The Lost Boys (Star)

Underworld (Selene)

True Blood

I know there are more – please send in your faves via comments! There is also a long history of female werewolves – and, no, they don’t all see themselves as “genetic dead ends” ala Leah. But that is a topic for another post…

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