Fanvid of the Week: “Buffy v. Edward: Twilight Remixed”

Vidder: Jonathan McIntosh

You can find more of his work here. 

This week’s vid rec is a crossover that I have been wanting for years. I’ve criticized the Twilight series  for years for its sexist and misogynistic themes, but mostly because it’s shitty writing and Edward is a creeper. The creator’s description of the vid is what really sells me on it, though. The purpose for this vid is every reason why transformative works are a valid and important part of culture and fandom:

In this remixed narrative Edward Cullen from the Twilight Series meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer at Sunnydale High. It’s an example of transformative storytelling serving as a pro-feminist visual critique of Edward’s character and generally creepy behavior. Seen through Buffy’s eyes, some of the more sexist gender roles and patriarchal Hollywood themes embedded in the Twilight saga are exposed in hilarious ways. Ultimately this remix is about more than a decisive showdown between the slayer and the sparkly vampire. It also doubles as a metaphor for the ongoing battle between two opposing visions of gender roles in the 21ist century. -Jonathan McIntosh

This vid has gotten a lot of press, and Lionsgate even petitioned to have it removed from online streaming (but thanks to the fair use clause of the Copyright Act, it has since been restored!).

Enjoy the most kick-ass female to ever grace the small screen kicking the butt of the most creepy-but-lame vampire ever written.

-The Collectress