TODAY’S BREW: chocohazelcinnanilla (the bottom of the container when the last of coffee grounds mix together)
You guys are on a need to know basis. You need to know who our favorite vampires are. I tried to just pick one, but couldn’t. Now, I love Edward as much as the next non-Kristen girl, but he did not make it to the tie-breaker that never actually broke. Sorry, buddy.
Julie: My first winner is Dracula. How could it not be? He gives all vampires street cred. The ultimate tortured beast, he was the original vampire I fell in love with in junior high. Mind you, I was in junior high in 1987, putting me ahead of the curve. I wanted him to want me the way he wanted Mina. So did you, admit it. I’m talking Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, which I read as soon as I started reading adult novels. (I had my dad’s taste in novels, which was admittedly weird for a ten year old. I read Rambo when I was eleven.) Then, the movie came out with Winona Ryder. And Gary Oldman. Who knew?! A guy named “Old man,” right?! I am thankful he never played Frankenstein’s monster, because that crush would not have made me the cute kind of weird. Based on length of love for Dracula alone, and to this day if Dracula is in the title, I have to check it out, the impaler is a clear winner. Throw in super cool creep factors–the hair? Original coffin naps? Turns into vermin? Then there’s the harem and the impaling. Awesome.
Then, the beginnings of all good things happened. Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
No explanation needed. You have eyes and ears. I mean, it just hits you in the face. I’m a sucker for a black t-shirt and trench coat anyway. (Think Neo in all Matrix movies, and John Taylor of Simon R. Green’s Nightside series. Not the morbidly out of shape guy who hangs out near Stop and Shop in the hot weather.) There was that episode where it was Drusilla’s birthday party, and Spike let her open a gift early, and he asked her, “Do you like it, baby?” Yeah. I probably rewound that twenty times. He’s just a bad ass vampire, like they were meant to be, with season-long moments of weakness. This makes you like him, and think he’s redeemable, but he’s not. And you don’t want him to be. Good stuff.
Tell me who your favorite vampires are! Male or female. It’s okay if it’s Edward. I like him too. I can’t speak for a certain co-blog-founder, though.
Kristen: No Edward here. Vampires don’t sparkle. And sorry, Julie, when I hear John Taylor, I think Duran Duran.
I’m going to start out classic as well. My first real introduction to vampires was sometime in my teenage years, I can’t tell you exactly when because I don’t remember all the details. That’s how you know I had a good time. Anyway, I read Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire. I fell in love with Louis de Pointe du Lac.
I found him tragic and sensual, and I loved that he seemed to mess up being a vampire because no one taught him how to do it right. I also loved that he cared so much for Claudia after he brought her over. I always found Lestat to be a cocky bastard. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Brad Pitt played him in the movie, either. Although, on the flip side, that movie ruined Tom Cruise for me long before his Scientology hijinks and jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch.
My other favorite is a bit more obscure. He is from a Canadian TV series that aired in the mid 1990’s called Forever Knight. I discovered it in the middle of the night. I stopped because I saw a hot vampire, and since it was either watch that or infomercials, you know the hot vampire is going to win out. Every time. I got hooked on the series. It basically follows a basic crime drama format with a few love stories thrown in because, hey, that’s how life goes. The main character, Nick Knight, is a police detective that’s also a vampire. My favorite character, Vachon played by Ben Bass, is shown above. I was also pleased to discovered that the pilot of this series is in the form of a movie starring Rick Springfield. Love me some Rick.
What other awesome vampires deserve a mention?
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