Even though I like to make fun of Twilight, I know that if I were thirteen again, I'd freak the hell out over it. Forbidden vampire love? Heck yeah! After all, I was obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer throughout middle and high school. That Buffy/Angel thing? So fantastic, especially for a thirteen year-old who thinks that maybe true love means one of you is undead.
But everything on Buffy was so much smarter. The Buffy/Angel thing wasn't some weird, stalker-boyfriend thing. (Edward does save Bella a lot, sure, but she's also a weak little bunny.) Buffy kicked ass on her own. And she had her own set of friends. And her own problems outside of "Hey, I'm dating a vampire!"
So when I saw Edward vs. Buffy, I laughed out loud. A glimpse:
BUFFY: Uh-huh. All right, Bunnicula. Step away from the damsel and let's do this. EDWARD: But Bella needs my protection! She'll hurt herself terribly if I'm not there to protect her. BUFFY: Riiiight. Seriously, not even Riley was this lame.
I can only hope this is how the series ends. And that young Twilight fans eventually stumble across Buffy.