Why vampires? I’m not sure, but I’m obsessed with them. I’m a true fan of the genre and by far, they are my favorite of the monster variety. I think one of my first recollections of vampires (and first loves) had to be the original series Dark Shadows when I was in junior high.
When I was in high school, while most girls went to dances in puffy sleeved dresses in powdery colors, I dressed in slinky black and wore black nail polish (not seen back in those days). I toted around a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for most of my senior year.
Later, as an adult, I remember being mesmerized by Frank Langella in the 1979 movie, Dracula, my first truly sexy vampire. To this day, I vividly recall the image of him crawling straight down the wall to peer through the beautiful damsel’s bedroom window. When Gary Oldman floated across the floor in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 movie, Bram’s Stoker’s Dracula, it sufficiently creeped me out and fascinated me in equal doses and still remains one of my most favorite movie versions. Gary embodied both the monstrous and sexy version of Dracula to perfection. I also loved the Underworld movies, the combination of vampires and lycans makes for a vicious, bloody war, and heartbreaking love story.
It wasn’t until after the series was off the air (1997-2003) that I watched Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, long past my teen years, but I still found myself hooked. The witty writing from Joss Whedon, the blend of comedy and serious episodes make this a favorite series, enough for me to get the entire DVD set. And, you can’t love Buffy and not love the spin-off (1999-2004), Angel, and, of course, have a double treat by watching them in tandem. One of my favorite characters was Spike. Gotta love them bad-to-the-bone boys.
That brings me to my latest obsession, The Vampire Diaries. Yes, I finally got the four seasons to date (the series began in 2009) and I reveled in watching in a blood-sucking marathon. Love, love, love it. And, again, bad boy Damon has won my heart. This season there is a spin-off, The Originals, set in the French quarter of New Orleans, somehow spookily appropriate. And if that isn’t enough, there is another more historical series, Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors fame, of which I was a huge fan. I just started watching the new series so I cannot say if he will win me over as Dracula as well.
Seems we’re in the heyday of vampires, there is no shortage of movies or books on the subject. How great is that? So, you may ask, why hasn’t Brit Darby written a vampire book? Mmmm, interesting question. B and I may just surprise you yet. Stay tuned!