We've all noticed that these past two decades we have a thing for vampire stories. Think of the Twilight Saga, (2008 - 2012) The Vampire Diaries (2009 - 2017), The Originals (2013 - 2018), the Underworld films and countless other examples.
What is it about vampires that we like so much? Is it their intensity? Their beauty? Perhaps we like the idea of infinity and immortality. Perhaps without an inevitable end, we can do anything we want without limitation.
Or perhaps film and TV productions know exactly what it is that we want! Extraordinary men falling in love with ordinary women! Who is Bella Swan? Who is Sookie Stackhouse? What about Elena Gilbert? All of them are women that went about their days when out of nowhere they met a handsome guy that was mysterious and magic happened!
Nonetheless, this isn't an idea that originates from the 21st century! The story of Dracula goes back to the 19th century! The first film we have of a vampire is in 1922 (Nosferatu). Back then, the vampire character wasn't pretty or romantic. He was just a guy that liked feeding off of people! Well, things definitely have changed!
So, let's choose our favorite male vampires, and then we'll reveal the perfect guy! Who's it going to be?
Who is Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder)? Well that is a difficult question to answer! He reacts only on impulse and says he doesn’t care about anyone, but he also falls in love with Elena (Nina Dobrev). He says he doesn’t like his brother, but he protects him any way he can. Perhaps this moving between two opposite attitudes is so intense due to Somerhalder’s portrayal. According to Wikipedia, it turns out that “the initial casting call for the character required an actor in his early- to mid-twenties to play a ‘darkly handsome, strong, charming, and smug vampire who can go from casual and playful in less than a heartbeat.'” Well that is Damon!
Leaving The Vampire Diaries universe for a bit! Another well known vampire is Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Fun fact! According to Wikipedia, “Eric is term for ‘Erik.’ Erik comes from Old Norse, (c. 1300). The first part meaning ‘one’ or ‘alone.’ And the last part ‘rik’ meaning ‘Ruler.’” Well isn’t that a perfect fit? We love Eric because just like Damon he is both good and bad! Or perhaps we don’t like him! It all depends on our own personalities!
Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) is definitely the most honorable of The Originals (well in a loose sense of the word!). We meet Elijah in season 2 of The Vampire Diaries and we instantly feel that there is something intriguing about that character. Daniel Gillies has characterized Elijah in one of his interviews at Entertainment Weekly as “the monster in the suit.” Well, yes that sums it up quite nicely! Elijah isn’t innocent and he definitely has very selfish reasons for doing certain things, but at least he wants to try and do things somewhat differently! So, yes or no?
We meet Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) as an antagonist to Klaus and we are intrigued. Their relationship is so complex that we can’t get enough of it. In an interview at After Buzz TV Charles Michael Davis tried to explain why Marcel is so mad at Klaus since it was Elijah that took his life. He said “Well, dying brings up a lot of issues and he took it out on Klaus.” And that is a very interesting point to make because Marcel was closer to Klaus rather than Elijah. So, are we into Marcel or maybe not?
It’s been over a decade since Twilight first appeared on the big screen and we still love the story we were given. Fun fact: Stephenie Meyer has “stated that the original concept of Edward originated in a dream that she had, in which an ‘average girl’ and a ‘fantastically beautiful, sparkly ... vampire ... were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods’ (thanks Wikipedia!). A dream can come true after all and we are happy it did! So is Edward our type or not?
Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli) is the oldest vampire in the Cullen coven. Perhaps this is why Peter Facinelli has called Carlisle in an interview for Soundbites the “father figure” of the Cullen coven. Facinelli finds Carlisle’s way of vampire life to be very interesting because, according to him, unlike other movies and TV series “this story shows the human nature in them.” Well we couldn’t agree more, and we think that this is what makes Carlisle noble! So is Carlisle a fave or not?
Isn’t Spike (James Marsters) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer a bit of a difficult guy to understand? Well, yes! According to Wikipedia, Spike “is seen as something of a paradox amongst vampires in the series, and frequently challenges vampire conventions and limitations. As a soulless vampire, he exhibits quite a few human traits such as love, loyalty, and aesthetic appreciation.” Perhaps Spike leads the way to many other male vampires like Eric, Damon, and Klaus who although we know they’re bad, they do have some good in them! Do we have a thing for Spike or maybe not?
Emmett Cullen (Kellan Lutz) is the life partner of Rosalie Cullen (Nikki Reed). He is the fun guy in the family, the one that welcomes Bella (Kristen Stewart) with open arms. In an interview for Cinemark, Kellan Lutz talked about how his character developed over the years. He said that he and his coworker Nikki Reed wanted to show to the audience a different side of their relationship. They wanted to show the "romantic side" of the couple and how they showed "compassion" to one another. So, is Emmett our type or maybe not?
We meet Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) in the 2nd season of The Vampire Diaries. He is one of the main antagonists seeing that he wants to sacrifice Elena to fulfill a prophecy about him. It goes without saying that Klaus is a character from the books by L. J. Smith and Aubrey Clark. According to Wikipedia, “In the novels, the character of Klaus was partially based on Rutger Hauer's character (John Ryder) in the 1986 movie The Hitcher.” Interesting connection indeed. So, are we fans of Klaus or maybe not?
Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone) is known for his military past, his difficulty with the vegetarian life of the Cullens and his relationship with Alice (Ashley Greene). The two of them met in 1948 when both were already vampires. This makes their love a bit more unique since no one turned the other in order to have someone in their lives. They chose each other and it was as simple as that. In an interview for Gizmodo, Rathbone refers to the attack on Bella and has stated that :"I think Jasper's idea was just, if he didn't have Alice, he would have just [ended Bella], and been done with it.” We see, therefore, that Jasper puts Alice above everything else. So, is Jasper out type or not?
We’re going to The Vampire Diaries set one last time! We talked about almost every vampire, but there’s one more left: Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis)! Alaric is Elena’s father (although he didn’t about her existence) so instead of playing her father, he is the father figure. He was not a vampire when he first appears into Elena’s life, but he turned later on through a spell. A fun fact about Alaric is that “in the novels, Alaric is between mid-twenties to late twenties, while in the TV Series, Alaric is middle-aged” (Thanks Wikipedia!). So are we into Alaric or not?
Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), the main antagonist of Blade, (1998)becomes a vampire by accident. To be more specific, he was a scientist that was looking into immortality and one day, he became a subject of his own work (however, not by choice). A fun fact is that “in the movie, Frost is much younger than his comic book counterpart, and lacks of the trademark ability of the latter, the power to create clones of himself” (thanks Wikipedia!). So, yes or no on Deacon Frost?
Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) is another protagonist in The Vampire Diaries that falls in love with Elena. Stefan is very different from Damon. According to Wikipedia, “Wesley described the young Stefan as ‘naive and willing to ride whatever wave life threw’ him, because he was ‘easily manipulated’ and ‘innocent’ with a "’beautiful young soul’.” In truth, Wesley’s characterization of Stefan is very accurate since we see the effect Elena has on Stefan from the very moment they meet. So, is Stefan our type or maybe not?
Let’s talk about another Original vampire, Kol Mikaelson (Nathaniel Buzolic). Kol is a lot like Klaus (perhaps even worse than him) since both are unpredictable. They can be happy one second and mad the next. Unlike Klaus, however, Kol doesn’t care about the consequences of his actions when it comes to Mikael (their father). According to Wikipedia, Michael Narducci, a writer for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, “referred to Kol as 'the Loki of the family' due to his mischievous nature and his uncertain allegiance to any particular side.” So, do we keep Kol or we let him go?
Let’s go to one of the oldest vampire stories of all! Bram Stoker’s Dracula! Francis Ford Coppola, the director, and Gary Oldman as the Count, bring to life the story once again in 1992 with a twist! According to Wikipedia, the critic “Richard Corliss said, ‘Coppola brings the old spook story alive...Everyone knows that Dracula has a heart; Coppola knows that it is more than an organ to drive a stake into. To the director, the count is a restless spirit who has been condemned for too many years to interment in cruddy movies.’” We couldn’t agree more! Did we love Oldman’s Count or maybe not?
The Volturi are members of a powerful family who live in Volterra, Italy (well they basically rule it!). Alec (Cameron Bright) is a guard of the Volturi family. He and his twin sister Jane (Dakota Fanning) have special abilities that are useful to the Volturi. In other words, Alec is connected to the action part of the films and (fun fact!) according to an interview he gave for Novel Novice, Cameron Bright’s favorite part of Eclipse is the action in the end. A man of action indeed! So is a man of action our thing or maybe not?
We sit down to watch Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. We see Brad Pitt and we see Tom Cruise and we think that we already have it all (what more could we want?). Well, (the film seems to reply) we need one more handsome guy. So the film includes a third vampire with the name Armand (Antonio Banderas). According to Wikipedia “Contrary to his book description, this version of Armand was a fully-grown adult (of Spanish origin) when he was turned into a vampire.” So, how about Armand? Yes or no?
Let’s go back to the Volturi coven for a bit. Who leads them? Well, one of their leaders is Caius Volturi (Jamie Campbell Bower) who is stern and can lead. According to MTV, Jamie Campbell Bower has said about his character that: "I think he's got this deep-rooted anger. He doesn't have a power, and he's pretty pissed off about that, because the rest of them have powers." Well perhaps that is quite accurate. So, is Caius the type of guy we like or maybe he’s not our type?
Lestat de Lioncourt
Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) is one of the vampire protagonists in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. The film was based on Anne Rice’s books. According to Wikipedia, Rice has claimed that “Lestat was largely inspired by her husband, the poet and artist Stan Rice; both have blond hair and they share November 7 as a birth date.” So is Lestat someone we like or perhaps Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is not our thing?
As we said before, Caius isn’t the only leader of the Volturi. He co-rules the vampires of Volterra with Aro Volturi (Michael Sheen). Like many other vampires, Aro has a power. His power is that by touching another person or vampire he can see into their past (their memories and what they felt back then). Still, Aro doesn’t feel that his power (and the rest of the powers in the Volturi family) are enough. He wants more. And this is why he pursues the Cullens. Greedy guy right? Well, we’re not sure what Michael Sheen thinks of his character, but we know for certain that he "took this role to keep his daughter happy" according to Daily Record (adorable!). So, do we like Aro? No?
We’re remaining to the Twilight universe for one more vampire, Laurent (Edi Gathegi).Laurent is part of the group that act as main antagonists in the first movie of the Twilight Saga. He feeds off of people like most vampires do. According to an interview that he gave for Bliss Magazine, Edi Gathegi doesn’t necessarily find Laurent to be bad. He said: "Laurent does what is natural by eating people he is a vampire. The great thing about him is that he actually cares about people.” So is Laurent bad? And if yes do we like him?
Mikael (Sebastian Roché) the father of the originals, and the first one of the family to turn into a vampire despises their species. In fact, he spends years trying to track down his children and assassinate them because he thinks that they are an abomination. Most of all, he wants Klaus out of the picture because he found out that he was not his biological son. Lastly, a fun fact: according to Wikipedia Mikael “was originally named Erik, but his name was changed to avoid similarities to True Blood.” So, is Mikael our type of guy or maybe not?
Louis de Pointe du Lac
Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) is the vampire that narrates the story in Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. Louis, as a vampire, lives with Lestat. We don’t know a lot of things about Louis during his mortal life since we mostly follow him after he is turned into a vampire. Fun fact about Louis: "Louis is pronounced similarly to 'Louie' as his French heritage dictates that the name is pronounced with the last letter silent!" (Thanks Wikipedia!). So, is Louis our type or maybe not?
Since we’re talking about guys named Michael, let’s talk about Michael Corvin (Scott Speedman and Trent Garrett). Michael is the first character in the Underworld series to be a hybrid (half vampire – half Lycan). Perhaps that is what makes him so interesting; he’s not like the others. Take his lack of familiarity with guns for instance. According to Wikipedia, Scott Speedman has stated that his “‘personal lack of gun knowledge worked in his favor" because he got "to carry a gun once in the movie and [he] didn't know what [he] was doing, and that was appropriate.’” So do we like Micheal?
So, last one! For our last debate we picked Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) a vampire from the 1800s that tries to blend in the 21st century. As the series begins we see that he falls in love with Sookie (Anna Paquin). Although they become a couple, Sookie has other suitors as well throughout the years. In the end, Bill loses his life because as Stephen Moyer has stated in All Stephen Moyer, when Bill “‘chooses to [end his life] in order to give her life, is the ultimate sacrifice of love.’” So about Bill: yes or no?