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Right, let’s talk about vampires, shall we? Let me start by asking this: Do you fancy them? It’s a serious question. And no, I’m not here to scoff – I want to learn and understand. I’m genuinely interested in hearing both from people who love vampires and those who don’t. You’re more than welcome to let me know how you feel and why, either in the comments below or via email (email@example.com).
See, I’m old now and I must confess I’ve never really seen the appeal before. I’ve spent my entire life avoiding everything with vampires in it. With two exceptions: I saw Interview With the Vampire and Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula when I was in my 20’s. None of them made me feel like I desperately needed more fangs, or men with kohl eyeliner and lace frills, in my life. But then again, I never felt a desperate need for men full stop, so maybe that had something to do with it…
Anyway, one of my bestest friends in this world absolutely loves vampire stories. She has been reading and watching them for as long as I can remember. I also have a whole bunch of kids, and I used to work with students. Ergo, I’ve heard, and read, an awful lot about vampires in books, films and tv-series over the years. And, of course, some names, titles and (weird) concepts have stuck with me over time:
I can, for instance, tell you that the main squeeze in Twilight is Edward Cullen and that Stephenie Meyer is the name of the author who invented him. But I had to google the spelling of her name. I also know she is the culprit behind the, quite frankly, ludicrous concept of sparkling vampires.
From what I’ve gathered, Edward Cullen is either the gods’ gift to womankind or a stalking, manipulative and abusive piece of shit. Sometimes, as far as I can tell, he’s a bit of both. Then there was the case of “the other guy.” The one who would have been a much better choice had he not been friend-zoned. Jacob. You can be Team Edward or Team Jacob. Because love triangles.
I know that Buffy is a kick-ass girl who stakes vampires for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Provided they’re not called Angel or Spike. I’m not sure why, but apparently, the slayer has a soft spot for those two.
Apart from these important nuggets, I seem to remember, from Interview and Dracula, that vampires live forever. (But the old ones can grow very bored of their lives.) They sleep in coffins during the day (which makes the glitter in the sun bit sound dubious), and they make new vampires by biting someone in the neck and/or feeding them some vampire blood. Which, if you ask me, sounds very dull, indeed, compared to the human way of making babies. Even if it’s quicker and far more efficient.
Yep, that’s it. My life’s worth of vampire knowledge in less than two minutes. So why am I all of a sudden thinking of vampires now? Well, I’m glad you asked…
I’ve seen the phrase Twilight Renaissance crop up on YouTube and Twitter lately. I constantly see and hear people mention vampires as a topic that interests them, and I’ve even seen some saying their dream partner is a vampire. Which, I can only assume, means that they must be talking about real dreams. As in what they dream of when they are sleeping. Anyway, I’m nothing if not knowsy, so I swiftly googled “vampires in fiction” and “vampires on TV and films” and fell into a rabbit hole…
There is clearly something about vampires that attracts people. I want to know what that something is. I want to understand it. My first challenge in this new world, therefore, is to find and explore as many different vampire stories as I can find in books, films and on TV. Where possible, I will begin with stories I can watch, as that is faster, and then I’ll move on to stories I can listen to. Until next time, I’ll try to shortlist a number of titles that have vampires in them and let you know which ones I will be watching.
For this cough highly scientific purpose I did a couple of searches, trying to figure out who the hottest vampires are and where to find them. As expected, Edward was on the list together with two other vamps (Jasper and Emmett) from the same franchise. So were Brad Pitt’s Louis and Tom Cruise’s Lestat from Interview, and Angel and Spike from Buffy. The rest, however, were new to me.
First came Matthew de Clermont from A Discovery of Witches and (brothers?) Stephan and Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Then there was Marcel Gerard from The Originals, which, I believe, is a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries. But after this lot, there was one that, I must confess, really intrigues me. His name is Eric Northman, and he’s apparently a 1000+-year-old Swedish Viking vampire. Played by Alexander Skarsgård no less. Now, that is something I really want to see.
The last on my list of Hot Vampires were Simon Lewis and Raphael Santiago from Shadowhunters. These are just a few of the names that kept coming up, and I have not mentioned them in any particular order. At a quick glance, I’d say what we have here is sex on legs. A collection of tall, broody men who are mad, bad and dangerous to know.
What fascinates me, though, is that none of these characters are women. Where are all the non-male vampires? I guess I’m about to find out. (Unless I just discovered why baby vamps aren’t created the same way as baby humans. An overwhelming lack of wombs would certainly render traditional methods of reproduction obsolete. Maybe that’s why all these vamps have such a craving for women? Wow, I haven’t even started yet and I’ve got so many questions…)
Okay, I’ll tell you what. I’m going to quit rambling now and bid you good night. I have to spend some time looking through all these pages I’ve stumbled across and make some notes of what I’ve found. As soon as I’ve decided where to start and which characters and titles I want to shortlist, I’ll make a post about it and let you know.
Please, feel free to fill me in on your favourites. What do you think I should see/read? And what should I avoid? I would appreciate any feedback you can give me.
Cheers for now,
ABOUT LINNEA LUCIFER
Linnea Lucifer is the Captain of the imaginary, yet very real, pirate ship Resilience and her merry crew of indie authors and omnivorous readers. But that is not all – amateur liar, weaver of stories, peddler of merch, lifelong spoonie, ancient dragon lady and Maddox Rhinehart’s irreverent pet are a few more words often used to describe the bearer of many names.
The Captain was named after a delicate little flower that grows in mossy, Swedish pine forests, and a certain fiery fallen angel. She spends most of her days daydreaming and writing fantasy, smut and painfully crappy poems. A diva of delight, she takes great pleasure in everything that tickles the senses and adds a sprinkle of magic and spice to our world.
Linnea writes fantasy rooted in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore under the pen name Saga Linnea Söderberg. She also writes Sweet’n’Spicy Spoonie romance together with Leto Armitage under their joint pen name Linn Rhinehart.