Out of all of the classic monsters and creatures that go bump in the night, vampires may be my favorite. I love the mythology behind the characters, the blood sucking, the night stalking, and everything they can represent. With the release of the film adaptation of Rachel Mead’s Vampire Academy only a few days away, I thought it would be appropriate and fun to take a look at the vast assortment of vampires that have been portrayed over the years in film, television, and literature. Countless vampires have been created that represent a wide variety of types, from evil monsters to conflicted beings to genuinely “good” vampires, and the creatures have only seen their popularity rise over the past decade. With so many diverse choices it was ultimately difficult to pin down these 10, and I am sure that readers will have their own opinions as well. Chime in and share your own choices in the comments!
Honorable Mentions: Angel (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”); Blade (comics/films); Carlisle and Emmett Cullen (“The Twilight Saga”); Max Schreck (“Shadow of the Vampire”); Kurt Barlow (“Salem’s Lot”)