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Vampire Diaries: it’s not the sex, but it sure is the sexual tension

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Why, oh why, do the hot, flamboyant, strong, personality-driven female vampires keep getting killed off? We’ve had a dozen hints that Katherine is really, finally dead (though we’ve yet to get the full story there) and last night we watch the super cool Lexi get stabbed in the heart by Damon, who she could clearly out power if she tried. Worst of all, her presence and personality actually brought Stefan out of his brooding, existentially vexed cave. Probably for the first time last night I saw just how attractive Stefan could be, thanks not to his burning love for Elena, but thanks to his playful, teasing, tension-filled hundred-year old friendship with Lexi. The moment he was at Elena’s side again he was all furrowed eyebrows and intense eyes and serious expressions of emotional sincerity.

Elena seemed to notice too. Not only did her bar-side chat with Lexi give her the confidence to re-approach her doomed and dangerous love for Stefan, but how could she help but notice that this smiling, joking pool shark was a lot more attractive than the graveyard brooder who normally professes his love to her? Which made me think that the problem with Elena and Stefan is not that one of them is dead and the other is alive – or even that one of them is tempted to drain the other of blood – but the paternalism Stefan projects toward Elena. And come on, how can he not feel a little protective or paternalistic? He’s 140-some years older than her. As Natalie pointed out in our original exchange on Twilight, the creepiest part of these vampire/human romances is the age gap. Which is also to say that real sexual tension, attraction, chemistry is not just about two hot people finding each other in a cemetery. It is about power – the thrill of feeling somewhat out of your league, enamored by someone whose very charisma is intoxicating and unsettling. In the best scenario, each partner can feel this toward the other, sometimes more, sometimes less. While I believe Stefan that he and Lexi have never engaged in any actual hanky-panky, their chemistry is exactly the chemistry of two near-equals enamored of the other’s uniqueness (and come on, they went skinny dipping in the Trevi fountain, so hot vamp sex or not, don’t tell me there’s not sexual tension). Seeing Stefan with Lexi drove home to me just how lopsided his relationship with Elena is. Not to mention Lexi’s pertinent observations that something is up with the Katherine/Elena doppelganger syndrome. Just how creepy will that plot line get?

One last thought: Bonnie! I love that she is embracing her witchy powers and letting Elena in on the secret. Next week promises to finally turn the spotlight on her, and I can’t wait!

Posted by Kathryn.

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Written by themothchase

November 6, 2009 at 9:59 am

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  1. […] of Jacob (not to mention, Edward looked like an emaciated Christ figure). It really boils down the power relations again. Even though Bella is older than Jacob, thanks to his “general know how” and “mad skills” […]


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