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Who's Your Favorite Vampire?
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Who\'s Your Favorite Vampire?

Okay. Thre are tons of vampires and vampire folklore out there and it's a subject that almost anyone can get into. First off, what is a vampire? A vampire is an undead being that feeds off of the blood of humans (now animals) to survive. Vampires are traditionally nocturnal, hiding away from the sun or they turn into dust. They can also be destroyed by a pure silver stake through the heart. Oh! Let's not forget crucifixes; vampires hate them.

Dracula

Our first traditional vampire is known as Dracula. The character was created by the author Bram Stoker. Dracula resides in his castle in the darkest part of Transylvania, where he feeds off of humans and can transform himself into a bat (how cool?!). The legend of Dracula was inspired by an evil historial figure: Vlad the Impaler. Vlad obtained his nickname "The Impaler" because he sure did live up to it by impaling, literally, all of his victims and setting the bodies out for all to see. How's that for cruelty?

Lestat

Another famous vampire was created by Anne Rice, one of the greatest horror authors of all time. Her creation was Lestat, the suave vampire that had many a woman swoon over him and his presence. Before becoming a vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt was an aristocrat in Paris until he was bitten by Magnus, another vampire. He was portrayed by TOm Cruise in 1994 in Interview with the Vampire and Stuart Townsend in Queen of the Damned. These two "lookers" made every woman's fantasy a vampire, and they became even bigger in popular culture.

The last vampire we will discuss today is Edward Cullen-the modern day vampire created by Stephanie Meyer. Every teenage girl's fantasy it seems...unless you are a Jacob fan. So, what's so different with Edward Cullen? First off, he is NOT a traditional vampire. Stephanie Meyer changed the way society looks at vampires by changing some key characteristics. Edward eats animals...not humans. He also can be out in the sun, however, it would just attract a lot of attention. The sun wouldn't kill him like it normally would...he would just sparkle in it. So there goes all the cool stuff affiliated with vampires...

Don't get me wrong, I'm a Twilight fan...the books were very well-written and the movies did them a significant justice...I was just disappointed about what kind of vampire he was. It's cool that Stephanie made him to how she perceived vampires to be, it just takes all the fun out of it.

Now if Bella were with Lestat...that would have been one hell of a movie!

Who's your favorite vampire? Leave a comment!


Street Talk

First off, great article and this is a question I've been wrestling with for a while. My favorite Vamp would have to be Celine from Underworld. I have a huge crush on Kate Beckensale, plus I really love how they portrayed the war between the 'Bloods' and the Lycans, and how they had a 'scientific' basis on the vampire/lycan disease. Lestat used to be my fave until the Hollywood portrayals. I thought Stewart Townsend looked the part better than Tom Cruise, but Cruise had more of the character down. So if you could combine Cruise's and Townsend's portrayal of the character, then I think you would have a perfect representation of Lestat. The main problem I have with Vampire folklore is that everyone that touches it tries to change it. How many vamp. movies have you seen with line in it: "You know the legend about Vampires right? Well this is REALLY what happened." I'm kind of annoyed with everyone changing the folklore to fit there style. Just call it something like a Vampire, don't take away from it. As for the "sparkling Vampires" in Twilight, that's like nipples on the Batsuit to me.....'Why would you do that?' In any case, great article and this is something I wanted to say for years, but to someone whose eyes don't glaze over when I talk about it. Thanks Meredith!!! (you keep writing too, I like reading your writing)

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Mike for your comment! Underworld has always been a cool movie...personally I'm more of a Lycan fan than an vampire one...so if I had to actually go on a team in Twilight (help us all) it would probably be Team Jacob. I'm still waiting for them to re-cast Edward as Lestat...that would have been a much cooler movie, don't ya think? But I do have to credit Stephanie Meyer...even though she did try to change the whole perspective on the term vampire...she gained such a following with the teenagers and young women out there. We could probably learn something from that, right? xD Thanks for reading!

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  about 1 decade ago
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