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Poem: "Death and Marriage"
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fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 9th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
There was something I really liked in the "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" series; several things, actually. To start with, vampires looked like they did when they were human, usually. But when it was time to feed (or fight), their face would change to be monstrous: weird and creepy brows, yellow eyes, and sharp fangs would appear. It was often referred to as their "game face."

Secondly, really really old vampires would get monstrous and ugly, no longer able to hide the demon within. I can think of three examples, but the only one I knew the name/title of was the one called The Master.

Also, despite starting the vampire romance thing among teens with Angel/Buffy and later Buffy/Spike (Angel and Spike being the only two vampires with souls), for the most part vampires in the series were soul-less beings, corpses animated and kept fresh via demonic possession, and so they lived only to feed and have sex (the second thing being purely for fun, since vampires couldn't reproduce sexually). They would often use deception (feigning being human) to lure their prey somewhere where it was safe to feed, but they had no conscience, no soul. Personally, I'm not sure such a being could truly be considered evil, though. I think true evil is doing something even when your conscience is telling - even screaming at - you not to. But then I remember serial killers, people with no conscience, so I dunno.

Also, the fact that the Buffyverse vampires retained all their human memories but not the soul/conscience made for a kind of Jekyll/Hyde kind of trope, one that was further reinforced by Angel's being cursed with his soul back, and later Spike's rather hard-to-believe *earning* his soul back. (Strange concept, that: a soul-less being with no conscience earning its soul back. But I guess the chip that got planted in his head to stop him feeding on humans acted as a kind of surrogate conscience.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 18th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>Also, despite starting the vampire romance thing among teens with Angel/Buffy and later Buffy/Spike (Angel and Spike being the only two vampires with souls), for the most part vampires in the series were soul-less beings, corpses animated and kept fresh via demonic possession<<

Technically, a Buffyverse vampire is a demonic spirit inhabiting a human body from which the soul has been removed, with a carryover of memories but not feelings. That kind of makes it pointless to blame a human soul for actions done by the demonic spirit, as happened with Angel.

>>later Spike's rather hard-to-believe *earning* his soul back. (Strange concept, that: a soul-less being with no conscience earning its soul back. But I guess the chip that got planted in his head to stop him feeding on humans acted as a kind of surrogate conscience.)<<

I think the most logical explanation there is that the human body had a capacity to regenerate soulstuff in case of injury; the chip would've allowed it to grow back well enough to be noticed. Another possibility is that demonic spirits have the potential to grow a soul, but rarely have the right environment for that to happen.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 18th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Well that, and the demon may have different feelings, but they do have feelings. I've seen ample evidence. Even at his baddest, Spike "reeked" of humanity (according to The Judge). He and Drusilla seemed to be in a form of love, and may well have been. It was different from human love, because vampires are driven by their hungers, and Drusilla was insane. But love nonetheless.

That, and Spike was a poet in his human life. He had so much feeling as a human that some of it may have inadvertently crossed over to the vampire persona.
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