my life

Vampires; Now Sucking Blood and Social Life

Over the last week, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written myself a to-do list.

I also can’t tell you why  I’ve kept bothering because I’m yet to actually do any of it.  Each time I re-write my obligations, whether it be in blue pen or black, on a yellow post-it note, a white Lyberry post-it note or on a scrap piece of paper, I imagine that I’ll have a new rush of inspiration to complete them. That by seeing my scribbled words on yet another piece of paper is going to be the catalyst I need to get my life together.

But then, and it’s inevitable, I just want to watch one more episode…

So, hello, my name is Phoebe Hedges and I’m a Netflix addict.

I read in an article from Writing Magazine that though popular genres change, since the days of Bram Stoker, vampires have never gone out of style. Which, I understand. There’s something alluring about writing and reading characters who are meant to be the darker side of humanity. Especially when you’re someone like me, who is constantly trying their hardest to be good to everyone, kind and considerate.

Think about it, when was the last time that a vampire story didn’t do tremendously well? As problematic as it is, the Twilight series did tremendously well– and even that gave way for (and trust me, I don’t want to even write it) Fifty Shades of Grey. Resident Evil is coming back this year after all, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer has never gone out of style.

However the vampire show that currently owns my soul is Julie Plec’s The Vampire Diaries, based on the novel by LJ Smith. It’s cheesy, it’s cliche and though I’m only on season two, I can’t ignore some of the plot holes and sacrifice of character for plot. Yet, I’m still watching. I’m still hooked on what’s going to happen to these poor teenagers who live in Mystic Falls. I’m helplessly hooked on Damon now that he’s been bitten by a werewolf ( but judging by the next 6 seasons, I’m guessing he surpasses the odds and lives).

I’m still watching because shows like the Vampire Diaries resonate with the young pre-teen inside of me who lives for escapist fantasy and dreams of having true love. I’m still watching it because I’m cheesy, and I’m cliche and I’m not afraid to admit it.

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