I’ve loved monsters of all sorts for years and vampires were no exception—until they exploded onto the romance scene like a plague. With vampires morphing into creatures I barely recognized, my passion for them waned. But one vampire has reignited my passion for the immortal blood drinkers.
And of all the silly places to find him—The Gates on ABC. Alright, stop the groaning. I fully expected to hate this show, which initially looked like it might be a sort of desperate housewives with monsters. I watched it out of desperation during the slow period between the regular TV seasons. I didn’t particularly like the pilot and the vampires on the show did nothing for me, at least at first, but I kept with it. So, what changed?
I’ve done some thinking and come to the conclusion that it is all about what makes a hero, particularly a vampire hero, romantic. A few episodes into the show, vamp Dylan kills a woman to save someone else. Prior to that he had sworn off hunting and feeding off of humans to live safely tucked in the Gates with his vampire wife and adopted human child. He risks a lot to save a man who had been making his life difficult. So, maybe it isn’t so much about the monster, but about the character. Why does that whole character thing sound familiar? LOL
So, who are your favorite vampires?
12 thoughts on “Falling back in love with vampires…”
Jean-Claude in the first five Anita Blake books. (The Best)
Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin) in Moonlight.
Jean Claude is one of my favs. If Anita ever kicks him out, he’s welcome at my place!
You watched Moonlight!? I thought I was the only one.
I *almost* liked this show. I watched most of the first season. I kept wanting St. John and the girl to hook up, but once they did (they did hook up, right?), they started running out of plot.
The problem with romance on TV shows is that bringing the couple together deflates the tension. I think that is why they so often rely on side characters for the romance. Movies, on the other hand, have no excuse.
It’s all about the attitude of the hero for me. He has to be fearless yet have a healthy respect for danger; no-nonsense, but compassionate. A bit on the dark and tortured side, but not overboard. KWIM?
I haven’t read enough books or watched enough movies with vampires to have a favorite. The only must-see show for me was the newer version of Dark Shadows that was on about 20 years ago. We had to hurry home from grocery shopping on Friday evenings so I could watch it. 🙂
For me, tortured is a pre-request for vamps. They don’t have to wear it on their sleeves, but it should be in there.
I keep hearing good things about The Gates and really want to watch it, but I’m so far behind now, I think I’m going to have to buy the first season and load it onto my iPod to watch at the gym (I just don’t think I’m going to be able to talk the husband into watching the show, lol).
Hmm. My favorite vamps? I have to say Stefan and Damon. I fell in love with both of them (but mostly Damon *grin*) back when the books first came out. I also love Kisten from Kim Harrison’s books.
Seems like there are others I love, but I can’t think of them right now. Or maybe I’m just picky with my vampires? I love *my* vampires, but alas, they’re not published (yet!).
REALLY want to watch The Gates
I don’t think I ever really had a thing for vampires. I mean, I enjoy vampire stories (Sookie Stackhouse, anyone?) but I was never OMG yay dark hero ❤ ❤ <3.
I couldn't get into Moonlight and haven't watched The Gates.
I love Sookie, but not really for the vamps. Hated Bill from the first. I liked the vamps in Buffy, of course. Loved Lestat in the movie version of Queen of the Damned. But, it was vamps in books that really stole my heart. Old Amanda Ashley stuff. Then Jean Claude, Asher, and Damian in the LKH Anita Blake series. And Feehan’s Carpathians. But my interest died off a few years back. I do like the vampire double agent in Alyssa’s Atlantis books. But Dylan has definetly brought my passion for Vamps back from the dead. 😉
Count Vladimir from Love at First Bite. As in the 1979 campy movie. Traditional Transylvanian vampire meets New York City. If you’ve never seen this movie, rush out and rent it.
I was never a fan of TV vampires (Dark Shadows), nor eventually of the literary vampires of the Lestat variety.
But I have fallen in love with the Black Dagger Brotherhood (J.R. Ward) – each and every one of them. I have also read the knock-offs and copycats of this wonderful book series, but ‘the Warden’ is hands down the best.
And my all time favorite tortured hero is Jericho Barrons of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Though I suspect that he is going to turn out not to be a vampire after all, just an ancient being dealing with a horrible curse. I have spent 5 years, with other fans, struggling to understand just exactly what he is! We find out on Jan 15, 2011! The most delightful and contemporary Beauty and The Beast story ever told.
I also like the vampire creations of Kresley Cole – Sebastian, Nicholai and Christoff Wroth!
Thanks for sharing your favorite vamps. JR Ward has definetly crafted vampires that inspire dedication from fans. Isn’t it wondeful to find characters that are so compelling!
I haven’t read the Fever series, though it is on my TBR list. I love Beauty and the Beast stories. You’ve pushed it up on the buy list, for me. 😉
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