Joss Whedon is arguably one of the most talented and respected men in the entertainment industry, putting his mark on everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers. Given his myriad of incredible work, it’s no surprise that others have followed suit, taking a cue from his ‘90s TV shows in particular and vamping it up with Twilight, True Blood, and of course, The Vampire Diaries. However, he doesn’t approve of the new age vamp, throwing some shade at the latest 21st century versions.

While he didn’t mention the TV show by name, he noted that most franchises surrounding teenage vampires are “incredibly frustrating” because female characters aren’t driving the narratives with empowerment.

For Joss, it’s not about the fact that he “did it first,” which he explained to Entertainment Weekly in their August 26 cover story. “The thing about Buffy for me is–on a show-by-show basis–are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative?”

That question mark has him disappointed in relationship-centric vampire dramas that focus on love triangles — which he did with Buffy, Angel, and Spike through the years, but in a different way — and the magazine specifically asked about Twilight and The Vampire Diaries.

“The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on,” he said. “And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.”

While we understand what he’s getting at, Buffy and TVD aren’t designed to be the same show; they just both focus on high school-aged vamps. Do you agree with Joss, or do you think he’s totally off-base? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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