‘Buffy’ vs ‘True Blood’ vs ‘The Vampire Diaries’: A Genre Comparison
Similarities: Lead female character is special/chosen. Buffy was the vampire slayer. Sookie is a fairy/telepath. Elena is the doppelganger. All led rather normal lives until the knowledge that vampires existed was thrust upon them and since that day, their lives have been one continuous battle.
Similarities: First boyfriend is always, always, always the good guy and always, always, always a brooding vampire. Buffy and Angel. Sookie and Bill. Elena and Stefan. All were creepily watched from afar by said first boyfriend. Angel followed Buffy from LA to Sunnydale. Bill watched Sookie/was sent by the Queen. Stefan was all, “WTF girl looks like Katherine, better save her from car accident. I HAVE TO KNOW HER.”
Similarities: A cast member always becomes a werewolf, or were of some kind. Oz becomes a werewolf after being scratched by his cousin Jordy. Jason becomes a werepanther after being repeatedly bitten by the werepanthers in Hot Shot (season 4 plot, sorry for spoiling it). Tyler accidentally kills someone triggering the Lockwood family curse of lycanthropy. Skipping town is not uncommon, though that remains to be seen in Jason’s case.
Similarities: Lead female character is coveted by bad boy vampire who started out as an enemy but later we find has a heart, but will also still kill in an instant. Female will undoubtedly fall for said bad boy at some point during show’s run. Buffy had Spike, enemy turned friend after the chip was implanted in his head. Spike longed for her for a season or two (remember the Buffybot?) and she eventually realized he wasn’t a monster and the two eventually got together for some sexy-time, and she admitted she loved him in the series finale. Boyfriend and girlfriend they were not.
Sookie was originally coveted by Eric for her telepathy and how he could use it for his own personal gain. After telling her about Bill’s ulterior motives for his original return to Bon Temps and his seduction of her, and after tricking her into drinking his blood, Sookie has erotic dreams about Eric, which we all know she was having before the blood incident anyway. She turns to Eric who has grown to have feelings for her. She cannot control herself as Eric is a bad ass mother fucking Swedish God of Sex. I predict the show will follow the book storyline with their relationship and they will eventually grow to really truly love each other.
Damon’s desire for Elena was obvious to everyone but Elena for a long time, and he’d do anything in order to keep her safe (and happy, hence his own thoughtful and beautiful confession of love and then his compulsion of her to forget). He thought he kissed her at the end of the first season, only to later find out it was Katherine. Although Elena has thus far rejected his advances claiming she loves Stefan, Damon and Elena’s chemistry is off the charts and it’s completely obvious that Damon and Elena will happen. The only question left is when the two will get together. This situation is trickier because of Stefan and Damon’s brotherhood.
Similarities: Most friends are secretly and sometimes not at all secretly supernatural, except for that one loner friend who has a stream of bad shit happen to them. Buffy had Oz, Willow becomes a witch, Tara is a sorceress, sister is not really her sister and is the key to opening up a portal to hell. Anya was a vengeance demon. Xander had no powers but dated a) a mummy, b) a giant praying mantis, c) Anya, former vengeance demon. Also lost an eye.
Sookie’s boss and close friend, Sam, is a shapeshifter. Brother becomes a werepanther. Alcide is a werewolf. Tara has no supernatural abilities, but was a) tricked into a fake exorcism, b) possessed by a Maenad, c) kidnapped by a vampire and was to be turned into his bride.
Elena’s best friend Bonnie is a witch, Caroline is turned into a vampire (best idea ever), Tyler is a werewolf, her birth mother is/was a vampire, her legal guardian’s boyfriend was married to her birth mother and is currently possessed by Klaus. Matt has no supernatural abilities but a) has no parental figure/a dead beat mom, b) sister Vicki was turned into a vampire and then killed and c) just freaked out after finding out girlfriend Caroline was a vampire. Brother Jeremy has also had rather bad luck seeing as his last two girlfriends were vampires and both died, and he was killed by Damon (thank god for that family heirloom!)
Similarities: Small town/city where main character lives is under a constant stream of attack from evil and the police cover up supernatural deaths. Buffy lives in Sunnydale, CA, the home a Hellmouth. Police have been known to blame PCP for vampire related deaths.
Sookie lives in Bon Temps, LA, unfortunately since vampires exist in the open, the police obviously don’t cover up these deaths, but there are plenty of other supernatural beings killing people.
Elena lives in Mystic Falls, VA, which is a hot bed of bad news because of its past revolving around Katherine and the Lockwood family, and now because of her. Police chief is also on the vampire council and covers up deaths resulting from vampires all the freaking time, still unaware her main confidant and trusted vamp killer is a vampire himself.
Similarities: Bad boys are funny, charming and sinful. They also tend to wear a lot of black and leather jackets. Spike, Eric, Damon.
Similarities: Lead female character’s family is fractured (one parent) and frayed and she is forced to depend on her unconventional family to survive. Buffy’s family consisted of her mother Joyce, fake sister Dawn, Willow, Xander, Oz, Tara, father figure Giles, Anya, Angel and Spike. Sorry Riley, you really, really sucked.
Sookie’s family consists of brother Jason, Tara, Sam, Claudine, Claude, Arlene (really?), Bill, Jessica, Eric and Pam. Grandmother/mother figure Adele was murdered in season one.
Elena’s family consists of brother Jeremy, Bonnie, Caroline, Matt, aunt Jenna (legal guardian), Tyler, Alaric, Stefan, Damon, and birth father Sark John. Adoptive parents were killed pre-series, birth mother/vampire Isobel, dies in season two.