I've been a lover of vampires forever. I'm a grandmother, so you'll forgive me if I mention my first vampire love as being Bela Lugosi, Yes, the original screen version of Dracula. (Not Nosforatu!)
As a woman in mid-life who writes historical romance with a paranormal twist, I simply adore a well dressed monster. And no tattered rags if you come to my door or disgusting goo dripping from your face or fangs, please!
Bela Lugosi's vampire is classy, well dressed in formal attire for an evening of fine dining by candlelight. Never mind that you might be the special vintage he's seeking to slack his thirst. Dracula in this flick was very attractive for his day. His hair was slicked back, but it was the era, ladies, so forgive him. That foriegn accent was dead sexy!
Hey, you can have the unkempt zombies, I'll take Drac or one of his incarnations in a heartbeat. I was a teenager in the 1970's when I discovered this bad boy dressed in elegant black on late night TV. And he gets better as the decades past.
The Bela Lugosi version is from the silver screen era but the image endures as a classic vampire icon today. We'll skip over the bad movies made in the 1960's and 1970's, the cheap B-Movie vamps that were cheesy and the storyline just plain 'sucked', if you'll forgive my word choice here. So, fast forward to the 1980's, please, so Drac can keep his dignity.
Jason Patric as Michael
In the eighties, we had The Lost Boys. True, a little bit punk, but still very sexy for the era. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_Boys
This one is still a classic with my family. The comedy mixed in with the horror and the teenage angst is just too good to ignore.
I won't tell you the story, you can watch it for yourself and see what you think. It has odd characters, funny lines, and romance, undead romance.
If the whole teenage heartthrob vamp love story is not your thing, I understand. I'm not into teen vamp lovers myself. But there is plenty of Adult Vampire Sexy-Brooding-Steaminess to go around. I opened at the top with the two gorgeous vamp dudes who starred in the 1994 movie, "Interveiw with the Vampire" for a reason. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt (photo on top of page)---it doesn't get much better than this, girls..... or does it?
For your veiwing pleasure, we have the most recent incarnations of the vampire lover on TV and the big screen:
|Lestat, from Queen of the Damned, a brooding rock star vamp|
There is Mick from the one season series Moonlight: a modern private detective Vamp in a black leather jacket:
|Loved the show, it was cancelled after one season!|
And the popular series True Blood gives us a lot to admire and dream about. Would you prefer Vampire Bill or Eric Northman? Sookie has trouble deciding, and seems to be in love with both men. Can you blame her? It's a tought choice, as they both are far too sexy for a woman's own good.
|Don't you wish you had Sookie's dilemma; which one to choose?|
And that is the appeal of the vampire for women, the ultimate bad boy. An elegant masculine figure, handsome, wise, dangerous, and forbidden territory. Sexy, sensual, and sort of predatory . . . mmmm. Yes, please.
I used to lament the lack of a good vampire movies, as the features from the seventies and eighties were very badly done. Cheesy, and the Vamp was always bad and was killed in the end. But, thgings have improved immensly for vampire lovers with the new century.
If you like to read vampire stories, by the way, romance novels have featured the good vamp trophe for a long time, meaning the vampire as a the hero, not the villain. Christine Feehan's The Carpathians Series, is a good one to check out if you love vampire romance. The Carpathians in her story are brooding vamp males just waiting for their life mate to come to complete them. If they don't find their life mate, they go mad and become the terrorizing vampire who slaughters the innocent in a demented search for blood--the typical legend vampire. Feehan's books portray a rare race of beings living in the area of Romania, a twist on the vampire legends since the old Dracula novel by Bram Stoker.
And speaking of Bram Stoker, Good Goddess!
How could I have forgotten the Bram Stoker movie of the 90's? Well, yes, you might not like the director's retelling of the classic novel in that particular movie version, and you can argue all you want about how you disliked the movie. But not here. Here we are discussing the sexiness of the vampire male, not whether a particular vampire movie was good or bad. So, here it is, a very..... um.......super sexy Vlad Dracul for you....... Gary Oldman as a dashing Victorian Vamp!
|Ah, the longing in his eyes as he gazes at Mina . . . its enough to melt your heart!|
As vampire lovers, we have to admit to the success of Twilight in bringing the Vampire as Romance Hero back into vogue. It doesn't matter if you loved the movie or hated it, (Them, as there are five). There is not much you can do when it's gone viral and has fans all over the world. Stephanie Meyers played on our love for the classic brooding, wounded vampire and reinvented him in her own fashion, giving him different attributes that show her creativity. She delved into the female psyche and helped revive the vampire as a romance hero, so let's not knock the woman's creative genius. She's had her books made into movies, that have sort of taken on a life of their own, and captured the hearts of a generation. Several generations, in fact, if you consider that women in their 30's, 40's and 50's were rushing out to buy the books and then see the movies, too.
No, it wasn't for the reason you might be thinking, darned, old perv ladies! No, no, no! It's not about Robert Pattinson as a 17 year old vamp, it's about the classic vampire/human love story we as women seem to crave. And you have to admit, even Twilight had some very attractive Vampire men to set your heart aflame.