I loved Angel right from the start, but in the end, I think I preferred him as Angelus. And then there was Spike. I was completely sold from there. But of course there have been other very popular books and TV shows and films since then about vampires. There's crazy popular TV programmes like Twilight and True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.
While I do hear quite a lot of people braying about how they're tired or fed up with vampires and paranormal fiction, I can also see how vampires seem here to stay for awhile longer. I just hope that they aren't all sparkly or emo, as I prefer vamps when they're bad but perhaps that's just me.
Here are some of my favourite vampires from TV and film.
Eric from True Blood - Oh hello Eric Northman. You are pretty much the only reason I continued to watch True Blood for as long as I did. Sadly, even your gorgeous face isn't enough to keep me watching forever. I just don't have the time or energy to keep up with many shows and I found my interest waning after some of the crazier storylines that have appeared in the show that don't quite match up with the books. Still.
Stefan and Damon from The Vampire Diaries - I think the point at which I stopped watching the television show was when I'd heard that the author was forbidden to carry on with any sort of Damon-Elena storyline. I don't know if those rumours were true or not, but the idea of Damon and Elena maybe-possibly ending up together was something I was really rooting for. I don't like for hope to be all crushed like that. Still, the Salvatore brothers are very good-looking. It was also the inclusion of (boring to me) historical episodes which shifted my interest away from regularly watching. Perhaps I'll return to the show to watch more kick-ass Caroline though? I'm undecided.
Spike and Angel/Angelus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I've already briefly mentioned Spike and Angel, but it has to be said that I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and I was so completely emotionally involved in this entire series and all of the characters. I think Joss Whedon did a fantastic job of world-building and characterisation and the mythology of the different mythical creatures. I did think Angel left at the right time (too much tortured brooding for me!) and that Spike was the perfect replacement. I love his attitude and Spike scenes always made me laugh.
Louis and Lestat from Interview With the Vampire - It wasn't until a few years ago that I actually read the book by Anne Rice. I didn't much care for it, as I thought Lestat to be a little bit on the whingey side, but I remember watching and enjoying the film when I was little. It seemed like a film I shouldn't be watching and so that whole I'm-too-young-to-be-watching-this-grown-up-film aspect of it makes me remember it more fondly than I probably should. I remember being quite creeped out by a lot of it, but I also really liked the different settings and the period clothing in some parts. But then, I'm quite shallow!
David from The Lost Boys - Here's one that I can't say very much about. I watched this when I was very, very young. I remember that it gave me nightmares and was one of the scariest films I'd ever seen in my entire life. And of course, as I had an older brother, he liked to torment me by watching this film over and again for the sole reason that it scared me. Still. An 80s film starring Kiefer Sutherland as a bad-ass vampire? Sounds like a film I should probably re-watch at some stage.
Edward Cullen from Twilight - I felt like I should include Edward on the list, as he's one of my favourite vampires in general, though not necessarily because of the films. I've only seen the first film and I wasn't overly impressed. Don't hate me!
Do you have a favourite vampire from film or television? Do you agree with any of my choices? I'd love to hear your thoughts!