Love at First Bite

There’s a lot of vampires these days, but only a few really great ones. Here’s a rundown of some of the vampires i love best. Maybe a few will be yours too.

Jean Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Series — Jean Claude is maybe my favorite vamp of all time. Beautiful, cool, ruthless but also loyal and loving, he’s a fabulous creation. He’s also bisexual which makes for some interesting three-ways in the later books. Even though there’s no sex in the early Anita Blake books (tons in the later ones), Jean Claude gets the most airtime in those and the books are well plotted and written. If you’re not a fan yet, give him a try.
Asher from the Hamilton Anita Blake series — Asher was Jean Claude’s beloved historically, before Jean Claude meets Anita. The most beautiful vampire of all, half his face and part of his body were destroyed by holy water during the Inquisition. Though a bit whiney sometimes, Asher is tortured, complex and sexy.
Zsadist from J. W. Ward’s Lover Awakened and the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series — The most tortured vampire of all, Zsadist is the best drawn character in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Scarred, cold and dangerous, he (like all the brothers) is redeemed by the love of a good woman. I talk more about Zsadist and the series in my June post called Get Yourself Some Love.

Kade from Rosalie Stanton’s Possession — Kade is a charming badass that doesn’t have to try hard to be cool. In this novella you get to see him in a lot of sexy situations and you never get bored with him. Yummy.
Donte from Z. A. Maxfield’s Notturno — An ancient vampire who charms and beguiles, Donte shows the meaning of undying love. While the human lover in the book is an even greater creation, Donte is still among my favorite biters. I talk more about Notturno in my July post called Ancient Vampire.
Edward in Stephenie Meyers Twilight Series — And no rundown of vamps is complete without Edward. Even more compelling in the books than he is in the movie, Edward wins everyone to his team. He’s just delicious. (There’s more in the July post Vampire Love.)
There are more, of course, like Eric in the Sookie Stackhouse books, but this will wet the appetite — for Trueblood. The drink, not the show. Bottoms up.

Vampire Love

I have the edits on my book, Genetic Attraction, in the hands of readers and am waiting for comments back. Now, i could be working on edits of the prequel, but instead i—went to the movies. I love movies. They have always been one of my primary sources of relaxation since i was a kid. If there are films i like in theatres, i can easily see a movie a week and occasionally two. This weekend I saw Eclipse.

Funny that i love writing contemporary, but end up reading and watching so many vampires. I don’t like the really scary ones. (In a couple days i’m going to write some comments on CharlaineHarris’ Sookie Stackhouse books versus the much darker Trueblood .) All of the Twilight Saga falls into the not-very-scary category, but they still manage to be sexy. I wonder if Stephenie Meyer intended them to be quite as sexy as they are? No matter how honorable and upright she makes Edward, the threat of his “losing control” is very sexual. And no matter how adorable and “right for her” Jacob is, he really can’t compete with the danger of the vampire myth.
The movie is pretty darn good. The vampire war gives the plot structure, but the film is really about the significance of Bella’s choice to be a vampire. We finally face, as does she, the weight of such a choice. The wonderful valedictorian speech delivered by the character, Jessica, outlines the idea that young adulthood is for making mistakes and taking chances that you can’t make later in life. Bella has to wonder if she is giving up her choices.
We also spend more time with the very yummy vampire, Jasper, in this movie. Jackson Rathbone is a cutie and watching him come into his own is a treat. Another treat is a wonderful scene between Edward and Jacob in the tent where they compare what they can do for Bella. It’s worth seeing the film just to see this scene (no m/m fans, it’s not THAT kind of scene.)
If you don’t get Twilight or vampires, don’t see Eclipse. But if you do, run don’t walk to see all these pretty bloodsuckers on the big screen.