Angel vs Spike?
In this debate, there are die-hard fans on both sides, and I honestly think there are good arguments for both Angel and Spike in who Buffy belonged with. But if we’re going to talk about soulmates, I’m going to have to say Angel.
Before you start throwing stones at me, hear me out! Yes, there’s that whole part where they can’t be “together together” or Angel will lose his soul. Yet, their feelings deepen and intensify despite the fact they can never be physically together. Angel seems to become the “man” he’s meant to be with Buffy. She makes him a better man, a better soul.
And then we have Spike, the bad boy. There’s a tense, undeniable attraction between Buffy and Spike, and this passion eventually morphs into something deeper. But hot passion is lust, not love. Even though I believe Spike felt a kind of love for Buffy and vice versa, it isn’t the selfless love of Buffy and Angel.
As for their characters, if we look at Angel, we see he atoned for his past crimes as a vampire over and over again, even if he was forced to do so first. Spike chose his soul but he chose it for selfish reasons and then tried to get rid of it.
Spike backstabbed and tried to thwart Buffy at every turn. Angel didn’t. He admired her strength and helped her. Whereas Spike lusted for Buffy, Angel loved her from the very beginning. He loved her so much, he left her in the end so that she could lead a “normal” life. As a teenage vampire slayer, that is. His selfless actions prove that he was Buffy’s true love.
And yes, Spike paid a big price in the end, but his sacrifice was for mankind and personal atonement for his sins, in my opinion. Angel’s sacrifice, to leave her though it broke both their hearts, was for Buffy alone.
I know there are serious Spike fans out there, and I’m one of them! He’s smexy. But I still feel Angel was her soulmate.
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The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.
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Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.