Thursday, 7 June 2012

Female Protagonist Turned Vampire... Cop Out or Not?

*Warning: Spoilers of next season's Vampire Diaries ahead if you're in the UK!*

As an author of a vampire series where the main character is a human woman, I will always be faced with the question 'will Serenity become a vampire'?

In many ways, it's the only real way a human and a vampire can ever be together forever. However, I still find it somewhat disappointing when the main female in a vampire series is turned. For example, I never saw Elena in 'The Vampire Diaries' becoming a vampire and when I realised that was what was going to happen, I couldn't help feeling let down. As soon as the human becomes a vampire, for me, the whole series is over. The point of a vampire/human relationship is all the contrasts: fragility vs strength, warm vs cold, mortal vs immortal. As soon as that is taken away, the difficulty and angst within the relationship vanishes, and often so does the storyline.

Another example of this happening was in the 'Twilight' books. Bella ends up in the series as a vampire, yet so much in the previous books were about how Edward was trying to save her soul and how he'd rather leave than turn her.

So is turning the female protagonist into a vampire really the only way to end a vampire series? I've not read the final books of the 'True Blood' series, but as far as I am aware, Sookie is never turned. Is this simply because she's part fairy and has her own issues going on? If she was fully human, would Charlaine Harris have felt the need to 'turn' her?

For me, I would like to think a human can hold their own, even against vampires. Yes, there are issues with the 'never growing old' thing, but perhaps there are simply more clever ways to combat that problem. I can't promise how my 'Serenity' series will end - I don't even really know myself (I have some idea, but my ideas have a tendency to change as the book is being written). Some of my readers have told me they hope Serenity will become a vampire, but I'm not sure I want that to be how the series goes.

Serenity is human and that fragility is an integral part of her character. To change it would feel like not only a lie, but an easy way out.


  1. Have you read the Vampire Diaries or just watched the tv show? I think that L.J. Smith was onto something with the first few. There was always some dynamic or another going on. I really enjoyed the growth that Elena goes through in the books as opposed to the tv show. Don't get me wrong I still enjoy the t.v. show but the characters seem separate to me.

  2. I have to be honest, I've only seen the tv show, though I do plan on reading the books. I'm planning my own YA series, but I've not read much YA, so I figure L.J. Smith's books will be a good place to start my studies!