Hungry for Vampires

EW Vampire StoryLast week Entertainment Weekly did a big cover story on vampires called “Hungry for Vampires”. They interviewed a lot of the popular authors that are writing vampire fiction right now including Anne Rice, Stephanie Meyer, Melissa de la Cruz, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and P.C. Cast. The best part of the article, however was the rating of their idea of the 20 Greatest Vampires of All Time. In general I agree with the vampires they chose, but not the order. I believe two great vampires were missed and should have been included in there somewhere. Jerry Dandrige played by Chris Sarandon in Fright Night was a creepy vampire even if he was somewhat campy and Spike, my personal favorite, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike was the Billy Idol of vampires and James Marsters, who played him, did a brilliant job of balancing a dangerous vampire with a vampire that was in love and wanted to change. I might also complain about what was written by the EW editors about Anne Rice’s Lestat. “Without Lestat, there would be no Twilight. Until Anne Rice introduced the character in her 1976 novel, Interview With the Vampire, the undead had all the sex appeal of Bela Lugosi in plastic fangs.” I completely disagree with that statement. There would be no Twilight or Leastat without Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I, and many others, found vampires extremely sexy and attractive long before we had even heard of Anne Rice. Don’t get me wrong she’s a wonderful writer and Lestat is a great character, but to say that she created the sexy vampire is just wrong.

4 Responses to “Hungry for Vampires”

  1. naleta Says:

    Don’t forget about Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s St. Germain. I liked him much more than Lestat.

  2. jane Says:

    Good point! He was a great vampire that did not have the usual vampire characteristics.

  3. Bad Kitty Says:

    I couldn’t agree more!!

  4. suicide sweets Says:

    Just stumbled across your blog and has devoured it. Thank you for much entertainment!

    I was disappointed with the list and not only because the lack of Dandridge (*wistful sigh*) and Spike. Where is my Christopher Lee, I ask you? Or Frank Langella (I know. My taste is bad, but constant)?

    Oh, and I’m not touching the whole Anne Rice thing with a stick. Suffice to say that if I want a, hm, non-Lugosi vampire, I’ll go with St. Germain.

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