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Title: Buffy vs. Edward: A Twilight Remix by Jonathan McIntosh
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight
Pairing: gen
Warnings: character death (uber-Edward fans should probably avoid)

Vidder on blip: http://rebelliouspixels.blip.tv/
Vidder's Website: http://www.rebelliouspixels.com/

Review:
What would happen if Edward moved to Sunnydale instead of... that rainy place in the northwest, and ended up falling for Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Well, for one thing, Buffy won't stand for any of this stalking nonsense.

When I read Twilight (having been assured by everyone I knew that it was the best novel ever written), I found it vaguely creepy but I couldn't put my finger on why. This positively awesome vid helped me see what I'd been missing: Edward Cullen is a complete and total stalker.

Brilliantly blending both canons, dialogue and all, Jonathan creates a thought-provoking, fast-paced, and highly entertaining story that shows Edward interacting with a strong, confident woman who is fully capable of taking care of herself, even against a vampire. To me, this is something that everyone should see, if only because it makes you think more about the undertones of the fic you're reading. Personally, I think old-school romances (you know, the ones with romantic rape and controlling possessive men) are fine reading if you like them, but the reader should understand that when a woman is saying no (but her body is saying yes) that is rape, even if in this particular novel it's rape fantasy.

The same with Twilight. If you like the story, that's wonderful! But, still, it is an idealized form of stalking and that's something women should acknowledge and pass on to younger readers who may not yet understand that stalking, while potentially romantic in fiction, is equally likely to be dangerous (or even deadly) in real life.

For the author's explanation on how and why he made this remix (as well as some intriguing analysis of Bella and Edward), check out Jonathan's interview at WIMNonline.

Buffy vs. Edward

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
eponymousanon
Dec. 2nd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Very cool vid! Though I usually refuse to go anywhere near Twilight or its spawn, your summary and warnings made the link worth clicking :D
jane_elliot
Dec. 2nd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Twilight has pretty much no appeal for me. But a Twilight featuring Buffy? Totally a different ball o' wax:)
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jane_elliot
Dec. 2nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Honestly? My biggest issue with Twilight isn't the way that Bella is a damsel and distress and Edward is a stalker. My issue is with the ending. The one where the supposedly intelligent girl sneaks away from her four (four!) vampire protectors to go off and try to take on a vampire alone. Because of course that makes so much more sense than her sending in Edward and Co. *sigh*
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