Bill And Edward Vampire Gentlemen Or Bloodsucking Monsters?

November 9, 2009 by  

normal_628148_TB_177_stephenmoyerWhat is it about vampires these days that captivates us, draws our attention, and keeps us enthralled as if under some irresistible enchantment.

Is it the “Lifestyle”?  Is it that they can act with full autonomy and freedom to love as they please or do as they wish without consequence?

Two of the most popular vampires these days are Vampire Bill Compton of True Blood and Edward Cullen of Twilight.

Both of these men try to be noble.  Both are deeply troubled. Both have learned to despise what they have become.  Both men are fiercely devoted to the ladies in their lives or un-lives.  Both of these story lines involve love triangles:  In Twilight, its Edward-Bella-Jacob, wherein True Blood its Bill-Sookie-Sam at first,  then its Bill-Sookie-Eric… or so it would seem.

The common thread that seems to bond these two together seems to be their ardent desire to try to evolve beyond what they have become.

Bill seeks to “mainstream” with humans. He wants desperately to be accepted and move toward integration. He would like people to judge him on merit and how he treats people, rather than the fact the he is a vampire and, to some people, a social pariah.  Edward Cullen feels the same way.  He also wants to be accepted and integrated with the humans.  Both of these undead gentlemen appear to want the same thing: tolerance, compassion, and respect of who they truly wish to be, not what people would characterize them as.

Both Bill and Edward seem to have been written as tragic anti-heroes; maybe not so much for Bill in the books, but very much in the HBO television series.

Bill Compton may be more of a tragic anti-hero though.  Partly because Edward Cullen does win the affection of his beloved and is able to build something of a life together with her.  For Bill Compton and his beloved Sookie, the road to lasting love may not be as smooth; not that it was for Edward and Bella either.

Both of these vampire gents want their special ladies to look beyond their vampire “deformities” and see them for who they truly are. Both Bill and Edward are seeking  acceptance, compassion, and respect for who they truly wish to be and not because they happen to be “monsters”.  These “Undead” gents want nothing more to “fit in” and “find their place” in a society that has all but rejected them.  It seems that when these men were “turned” that both of their “makers” saw some good in them and wanted to bring them into their “world”.  Carlisle Cullen saw a “son” perhaps one that he could never have otherwise.  Lorena saw a “good man” with a “kind heart” and wanted him for herself.  It seems that both of these vampire gents have known love, longing, sadness and being deeply troubled.  Both Sookie Stackhouse and Bella Swan saw this “brooding lovable anti-hero” aspect in their respective men.

(Photo Credit: HBO)

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  • JANE

    THE TWO BEAUTIFUL VAMPIRE “GENTS” ARE LOOKING FOR WHAT WE ALL CRAVE——–UNCONDITIONAL LOVE,AND BEING SEEN FOR WHO, INSTEAD OF WHAT, THEY ARE. I, FOR ONE, WOULD HAPPILY BE THEIR CHAMPION ! I SEE BILL AS BILL COMPTON, WHO HAPPENS TO BE A VAMPIRE, NOT AS A MONSTER VAMPIRE NAMED BILL. TERRIFIC ARTICLE 1

  • Lizzie 1701

    Antonio,

    Well done!! I really enjoyed your article! You are spot on, especially with our Bill! I agree with Nia, though, he is not a monster, but a victim of circumstances.

    I look forward to future articles.

  • Nia

    Hi antonio,
    I enjoyed your comparison and indepth look into these two vampires.

    I find Bill Compton the more tragic figure. A good man turned into a nightstalker against his will. Losing his beloved family. Made by evil, forced to become evil, made to commit evil.
    At least Edward had a loving vampire family to direct, support and nurish him in his new lifestyle.

    Both are not “bad” individuals and both want love and normality. Monsters? I don’t think so. They are a product of their unfortunate circumstance. It is how they deal with and what they do with their respective circumstance that defines them.

    I will hope for only good to befall our tragic southern gentleman. He deserves to find some kind of peace and love after all he was forced to do and has had to endure. This is what he wants. Not all vampires feel as he does. Shouldn’t he be allowed to find some semblance of happiness?

  • eva

    Thank you, I really enjoyed reading this. I don’t know the Twilight story, but you’ve described Bill as I see him and “love” him.

  • Aaron

    Wow Antonio, you really give a new depth to the characters that I wouldn’t had seen otherwise!

  • Tony, This is a very engaging piece. I am proud of you. Wonderful insights. Tommy