Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"The Insider" Needs to Do Some Vamp Research Before Making a Top Ten List

Long before Twilight, I loved vampires. I mean really loved them. As a young girl, the romanticized yet dangerous world that Anne Rice created fascinated me, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my teen idol, and The Lost Boys were my secret lovers. Peace,Love,Twilight Blog posted earlier this evening a Top Ten Vampire List from the Insider. Personally I don't know who this Insider lady is or what she was thinking, but her little list kinda pissed me off so here is my personal breakdown of where they should have been, who should be on it, and who should NOT be on it!

Here is the original list. Take a look and leave a comment letting me know what you think. Cause comments make me giddy!

The Breakdown

"These could have been vampires from books, movies or television series. I chose the latter two, because someone actually plays them, and it gives us someone tangible to base our assessment on."

First of all just because there are actors/actresses playing these vampire roles in movies and television does not mean that vampires that have been portrayed throughout literature should be omitted. Its called an imagination, pick up a book!

10. David from the Lost Boys

Just one of those looks and I'd gladly become his blood donor

Seriously! Number 10! Not only is The Lost Boys a serious cult classic (unfortunately tarnished by an extremely shitty straight to DVD sequel) but Keifer Sutherland's portrayal of David, bad ass leader of the vampire gang, was not only a part of my fantasies as an adolescent. He was charmingly dangerous, sly, and seriously demented (wine anyone?). He didn't just play the role, he was the role and so this placement to me beyond ridiculous. He should at least be in the top 5.

9. Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview With a Vampire

The Volturi is probably even scared of this clan

While I would have placed Louis better on the list than a 9, It isn't really his placement that bothers me. It is his "family" that is the problem. No where on this list is Claudia or Lestat included. Seriously people LESTAT! One of the most iconic figures in vampire literature, Not on the list! I'm not saying that Brad Pitt did not do a fantastic job portraying Louis because as much as the novel was butchered into film form, his dedication to character was bravo! In fact all the actors/actresses did an amazing job. I just think Lestat should get more credit on a top ten list than Louis de Pointe du Lac.

8. Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

5. Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

The two sexiest vampires the WB ever had

This placement was also a little upsetting. While when it comes to the Buffyverse I'm more Team Spike than Team Angel, it is sort of like the "who came first" deal breaker for me. Two different vampires, two very different personalities, and played lovingly by David Boreaneaz and James Marsters (who is my baby daddy, he just isn't aware of it yet). I would have put Angel before Spike on the list though I'm not sure which numbers they would represent or I would have grouped them as a team. This writer doesn't do that though so i'm going to attempt to stick with her formatted list.

7. Blade from the Blade Triliogy

6. Selena from Underworld

Out of the entire list these were the only two that I was ok about their placement. Two very kick ass vampires like these deserve to be on this list and it made me happy to see them on there.

4. Bill Compton from True Blood

No wonder Sookie's legs automatically go in the air...intense!

I haven't watched the series yet but I have heard really amazing things. The only thing I really have a problem with is the character of Bill Compton has not hit that iconic vampire place yet for me and I don't think he should be so close to the top 3. As I said I haven't watched the show so who knows my mind may change afterward.

3. Stefan from The Vampire Diaries

2. Damon from The Vampire Diaries

Just because their hotties, don't make them iconic

These are the ones that pissed me off the most. Are you fucking kidding me! The show hasn't even come out yet and apparently they are iconic enough to be in the top three...I don't think so. I have read ALOT of vampire series and watched a Hell of a lot of vampire movies and these characters don't even compare, at least not yet. Not only would I have grouped the two together, they probably wouldn't have been on the list.

1. Edward Cullen

Edward please find it in your heart to forgive what I'm about to say

Okay take a breath because I'm about to commit Twilight blasphemy. Edward should not have been first. There I said it. I am just being honest, but Edward Cullen should have been second. Remember, I've been a fan of vampires a long ass time and number one on ANY list should always be Dracula. Not only is he the daddy of all iconic vampires everywhere, He has been covered and adored in all the entertainment media(Books, Movies, and Television) and if we have to play the who came first game it would have to be Dracula. Bram Stoker originally wrote about this creature in 1897. Look at all the amazingly talented portrayals of the "Grandaddy of all Vamps" over the years.

Bela Lugosi(the original on screen Dracula)

Christopher Lee(60's and 70's Dracula)

90's Dracula just made him look sexier but still awesome

I will always love Edward Cullen and the entire Twilight Series but I also have to look at the hard truths even when I desperately don't want to.

After all that bitching and moaning, here is what I believe the list should have looked like.

10. Bill Compton: True Blood
9. Claudia and Louis: Interview with a Vampire

Blade: Blade Trilogy
7. Selena: Underworld
Spike: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
5. Angel: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
David: The Lost Boys
3. Lestat: Interview With A Vampire
2. Edward Cullen: The Twilight Saga
1. Dracula: movies and literature

Honorable mentions include: Jerry Dandridge from Fright Night and Frost from Blade

If you don't agree with my list, I totally respect that. Was one of your favorite vampires left off the list or do you adore the Vampire Diaries and want to put the brothers back on there. I want to see your revision of your top ten favorite vampires.

Be Safe--Susie


  1. I agree more with your list. I've never seen True Blood (after Twilight I'm having issues readjusting to fangs) and Vampire Diaries? 2 and 3? Really? Sheesh.

    I ♥ Claudia tho. Seriously in high school I made a monologue in drama class out of her rant in the book when she demands to know who her sire was. Brilliant.

    As for the Buffyverse, I've got a "Chosen" trampstamp that says you and I must fight to the death for Spike's eternal love.

  2. I agree with your revised list way more than what The Insider put together. Although, Bill Compton would have to be replaced with Eric Northman...in the books Bill is a big douche. And seriously I can't believe they put those two pretty boys from the Vampire Diaries on the list at all...not saying that I won't totes be watching the show, but it hasn't even come out yet...it could totally suck balls.

  3. I agree with your list one hundred percent. It's perfect!


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