Gay marriage has arrived just in time for TV’s supernatural gay teen love explosion. The world of fictional young romance has quickly opened up to same-sex love in all its forms — even human/werewolf and zombie/zombie! Why let the straight kids of “Twilight” have all the fun? They just mope about it, anyway.
“Teen Wolf” now lets its gay werewolf and high school jock get it on like any other MTV couple — in cheap motels on school field hockey team trips to away games. None of the other kids (or werewolves) even questions the happy new couple; they’re just cool. A teen lesbian couple recently shared a special night in a candle-filled (yeah) tent in the woods, too; one of the girls was sacrificed by druids before the big moment (she was a sacrificial virgin), but their high school classmates were all sympathetic to the survivor, and totally got that the victim was excited to cash in her V-card with her hot girlfriend.
BTW, werewolves on “Teen Wolf” are not exactly cursed, as in “An American Werewolf in London.” They spend most of their time as very buff, sexy, regular humans, and their torsos stay smooth even when they choose to turn vulpine. Hey, if we can buy human/wolf transformation, we can make the extra hop to magical depillation, can’t we?
The BBC’s “In the Flesh” gives us a more nuanced view of gay teen after-life. Zombie Kieren suffers from PDS - Partially Diseased Syndrome - he returned from the dead to eat braaains, which he stopped doing when the doctors found a cure for zombie-ism. Kieren originally killed himself because his secret boyfriend had died as a soldier in Afghanistan. Naturally, Kieren’s boyfriend also rose from the dead and their gay romance resumed, post-life.
Kieren and Rick (Kieren’s boyfriend) don’t have it as easy as the kids on MTV’s “Teen Wolf.” They’re on the BBC, after all, so they have to be more Shakespearian. And they live in a small village in Northern England, so it would be totally unrealistic for their families and classmates to just accept them as a gay couple. Or as zombies, for that matter. They face a lot of prejudice. “In The Flesh” plays it all very realistically (for a fantasy), digging deep into the emotions of gay teens in the kind of rejecting society many people really grow up in. Adding “zombie” to Kieren’s hyphens only heightens his sense of Other-ness, and brilliantly so.
Is TV ready for supernatural romance between people of different races, now? Say, an Asian vampire and a Latino mermaid? Or is that just too fantastical to imagine?