Despite how much I love vampires, I realise that I’m not as well read around the creatures as I like to think I am. Obviously there are thousands upon thousands (if not millions) of books on vampires and I can’t read them all, but I have done the classic thing: found my favourite authors and stuck with them. That means that this list, while pretty broad to my mind, is nowhere near as expansive as it could be.
I’m going to fix that at some point.
Anyway! My all time favourite vampires (types and individual characters) are spread across film, TV and books. I’m a wimp, so I won’t be putting these in any sort of order, just spitting them out as they come to me.
Spike (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, TV Series )
Spike has an incredible character arc throughout the series, going from bad to kinda-good. And yet he never quite loses his bad-boy appeal, despite all the background and growth we get. He remains true to his own morals and loves, even when he transitions over to Angel and we see what is important to him after all. Makes me warm inside.
Alisa Perne (The Last Vampire series, Christopher Pike)
Aside from watching Buffy, I believe these books were the first time I properly encountered vampires. Alisa is a 5,000 year old vampire, the last of her kind, hunted down by the creature who made her way back in India in 3,000 BC when her name was Sita. I love these books. Love, love, love, and just thinking about them makes me want to find them again. What I didn’t realise is that the series continues beyond what I read, so now, rather than three, there are five books with a potential sixth on the way. To say I’m excited about this is a mad understatement and, when funds allow, I’ll be buying the whole series to return to my first love.
Count Dracul (Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Francis Ford Coppolla)
Yes, yes, I know, it’s all about books, right? But not this. Put aside, if you can, the horrific acting of Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder, this film starred Gary Oldman as the title character. And he was FANTASTIC! I still get a chill when I remember the earlier scenes, with the pale skin, hairy palms, and mad up-do. He plays it subtle, oh-so-subtle, but you know, beneath the love he feels for his lost Elizabetha, that he is a veeeeeeeeeeery dangerous man. For me, this is how vampires should be: mysterious, obviously deadly, though to look at them, it’s hard to put your finger on why. How else would they survive throughout the years? :p
Henry Fitzroy (The Blood Books, Tanya Huff)
Apparently, I’m someone who likes to blend true history with fiction. Not only do my vampires stem from Egypt with direct likes to Cleopatra, Marc Antony and Octavian, but Saar himself bounces through history with his hands in all sorts of pies. Henry Fitzroy is the same sort of thing, the bastard son of King Henry VIII, a real person that Tanya has taken to star in her books. I love that idea and I love her vampires. I love how she deals with the potential overpopulation issue by having them be territorial and unable to be too close together. I particularly enjoy the subtly of their powers and how it all came together in the Lifetime series, Blood Ties, which I know I’ve talked about before.
The God-Touched (Saar’s Legacy trilogy)
It may seem like a gratuitous plug to include my own books in this list, but it makes senses that I enjoy my own vampires. I worked hard to give them their own unique flavour and to make them different, yet related to other vampires I enjoy. They take their roots in ancient history, much like those of Christopher Pike, they are religious (Henry Fitzroy is a Catholic and that didn’t change upon becoming a vampire), they have a strict hierarchy based around their power, age and status and all their powers are dependent on blood. I’ve enjoyed writing about these people and how they live, but I’m looking forward to moving on. As I explore more about vampires and how different people view them, I’m hoping that future works of mine incorporate more of the different legends, tropes and ideas across the creature type.And that’s it. My fav vamps, whittled down from a list that includes a whole heap of brilliant authors: Melissa De La Cruz, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K Hamilton, Sparkle Hayter, Christopher Moore, Johnny B Truant, Samantha Warren and Anne Rice. It was hard, and I know there’s more, but I can’t go on forever.
I would love, however, to chat with you about what vampires you like, if at all. Why not hit me in the comments?