Sunday, April 24, 2011
Blood Transfusions, Vampires, and Sex
In certain respects Bram Stoker's novel influenced Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the sexual concept of exchanging blood. Vampires in Buffy are formed through the exchange of blood. The exchange is usually consensual, where a vampire bites a mortal and the latter bites him or her back. For instance, when Drusilla transforms William into Spike, he willingly accepts her vampiric advances. The sounds and visuals in the scene, like the sweating, groaning, and hurting emphasize the sexual nature of the bite. This blood transfusion has the same parallels with sex as seen in Dracula. If we take this notion a little farther, whenever a mortal is attacked, bitten, and killed by a vampire, the act for all intents and purposes is an act of rape. It represents a non consensual exchange of fluids (or one way depending on how you look at it). Ultimately, I feel this is what makes vampires sexual transgressors.