When it comes to vampires in entertainment writers tend to go one of two ways – the vampires are either these intelligent and beautiful beings with a thirst for blood, or the vampires are mindless monsters that are hideous and uncontrollable. Sometimes they are a mixture of both, depending on the circumstances, but for those most part they are one of those two.
In books like Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles the vampires are these stunningly gorgeous creatures that are aristocratic, intelligent and wise. They have their moments where they act monstrous and cruel, but in spite of that they are still human, with a human-like mind. The same goes for vampires in Dracula, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and virtually every other vampire in entertainment – they are handsome and beautiful creatures with thoughts and feelings, some are evil and others are good. But good or bad, they are still intelligent beings that speak, think and feel.
But then you have the opposite of these lovely (but deadly) aristocrats, you have the animalistic and mindless vampires. Those vampires that have no human thoughts or emotions, they are nothing more than uncontrollable beasts that feed. They are ugly and disgusting creatures incapable of speech. They are similar to zombies, but instead of brains they want blood. These vampires aren’t heartthrobs, they aren’t the ones we fantasize about, they are the vampires of nightmares. You find these in horror movies, not romances. Think of the vampires in I Am Legend, those hideous monsters that kill wildly and without thought.
These are the vampires we know and love. But which do you love more? A friend of mine regularly complains about the beautiful vampires, saying that vampires are supposed to be monsters, they are supposed to be scary bloodthirsty killers, not pretty romantics. Do you agree, or do you prefer the deadly but desirable vampires? Personally, I love both. After reading hundreds of vampire books, many of which were romances of some kind, I am finding that nowadays I really love the zombie-like vampires. Recently I read Dog World by Jason McKinney and I loved his vampires, they were nothing more that disgusting vermin looking for a meal, they couldn’t hold a conversation and they sure weren’t beautiful, they were like filthy rats. I loved the change in storyline, I loved that it wasn’t yet another story about a pretty vampire boy wooing a pretty human girl. As much as I do love the noble and intelligent blood drinkers, I admit that I also adore the animalistic ones.
What about you? Do you love the aristocrats or the monsters more? Or like me, do you love both?