Shawn Ashmore (from the Following) has a twin?! I’ve always thought he played Jimmy in Smallville but it was his twin, Aaron :O
There’s a monster at the center of True Detective. Not the killer – or the great MacGuffin that he’s sure to become – but the tenacious mystery of the soul. Or, it may argue, the abundant lack thereof. Human consciousness is “a tragic misstep in evolution,” according to Rust Cohle, our difficult and often transcendent antihero. He’s a man vexed by the complications of the id. It’s his job, as a small town detective investigating the occult slaying of a young prostitute, to reason with the divine madness that breeds the disturbed. And because of what he’s seen, both on the job and off, he’s desensitized to the complexities of human existence. To him, the fabric of our composition is nothing but matter and synapse.
Only Lovers Left Alive: an amazing film. Adam and Eve are immortal lovers who happen to be vampires. They live apart, but still love each other. They communicate (mostly) and when they need to confront each other they admit the truth instead of lying and having a misunderstanding fester. Their body language telegraphs intimacy far more than passionate kissing would: holding hands, lying on the couch or the bed together, using each other as pillows… Their quirks rub off on each other: Eve calls animals and plants by their Latin names, and Adam, when ordering wooden bullets, easily lists off the Latin names of those trees… and Eve takes an interest in Adam’s music and knows just what kind of instrument he would love. They love and trust each other. (I can only hope for a partner who understands me like that in the future!)
Now, I can easily picture the events of this film fitting in just prior to the events of True Blood - when vampires finally come out of the coffin after the creation of an artificial blood product that can sustain them. Adam and Eve have to be some of the oldest vampires around. Their third wedding was in 1868, and Adam knew Mary Wollestonecraft, who lived in the second half of the seventeenth century… I get the sense that they were involved in Marlowe’s turning in the late 16th century, and Adam casually lists off Gallileo as one of the people he inspired… and Pythagoras. An Ionian Greek philosopher who lived in the 6th century BC. These two are old. We don’t know how long they’ve known each other, but it feels like at least since Marlowe came along, and is probably much, much longer. This makes Adam and Eve much older than Erik Northman, and probably much older than any of the other vampires we’ve seen/read in True Blood. This opens up many lovely possibilities in my mind for a crossover that I don’t really have time to write at the moment as my thesis is due so shortly that I don’t want to think about it.
Compared to most vampires in the True Blood series, with the possible exception of some pairs in which one is the other’s Maker, Adam and Eve are devoted and supportive of each other. I don’t think that one made the other: that would give them too uneven a power dynamic. Unlike many pairs of vampires in the True Blood world, they don’t seem to have any concept of betraying each other… and as a power couple, that could pose some intersting possibilities.
Adam, at least, doesn’t associate with others of their kind, though Eve seems to keep in contact with other vampires, at least with Marlowe and Ava. Do they fit into any of the hierarchies evident in the vampire world in True Blood?
Do other vampires know about them - and their age? I can see Adam at least quietly flying under the radar by avoiding other vampires, and Eve occasionally hanging out at the fringes of vampire society via Marlowe for variety.
Does Adam see any of the super young, post-revelation vampires as being any better than the “zombies”? Being so old, Eve and Adam have a kind of slow burn going on - they live their lives, but not at the same pace as younger folk.
Eve may have her contacts in the vampire world - but if Adam doesn’t talk to any of the “others”, do other vampires know that there are two super old vampires running around?
Does Eve know Erik Northman or any of the North American sheriffs? Does the Sheriff who controls the area around Detroit know that there’s an incredibly old vampire living there?
Do others know that Adam and Eve know each other? They can go years without seeing each other and live in different regions of the world. What if Eve were to reconnect with vampire politics in the wake of the big reveal to humans, while Adam generally stays out of it, and what would happen if those who didn’t know their history tried to introduce them or play them off of each other?
Will Eve move into vampire politics and move them towards a (metaphorically) brighter future - if only because both she and Adam like to try something new on occasion to keep life interesting? Woe betide anybody who tries to use Adam against her (“Eve, you’re ruthless.” / “I’m a survivor, baby”) or tries to turn him against her.
And finally, failing everything else, can Eve ever convince Adam to perform his music before an audience - at Fangtasia, for instance?
Most of all, for any Only Lovers Left Alive fics (and, to be honest, those who write about Asgardians in Marvel fanfic), I would love to see immortality acknowledged as an influence on the worldview of characters. If this face is going to be one of the only familiar ones kicking around for the next thousand years, it changes one’s attitude towards them. Patience isn’t just a virtue, but a necessity.