I couldn't end my vampire week without telling you all about my favourite members of the fang gang. So, without further ado, here are my top 5 daylight-dodgers!
1. Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel
Spike is the baddest of the bad when it comes to vampires... until he falls for Buffy, that is. He called Riley such genius names as "Captain Cardboard", and referred to humans as "happy meals with legs", all while keeping his hair a radiant shade of peroxide and making sure his prize leather duster jacket stayed in tip-top condition. He consistently had some of the best dialogue on the show, and puts most other movie/TV vampires to shame. Played by the extremely talented James Marsters for seven years, Spike set the bar high when it came to vampire standards, and for that we have Master Joss Whedon to thank.
Best quote: [After Buffy asks for a 5 word or less explanation for why he's lurking outside her house] "Out. For. A. Walk. [pause] Bitch". - BtVS Season 5, episode 5, ' No Place Like Home'.
Favourite moment: Far too many to choose from, but his hand gesture to Xander in 'Hush' stands out!
2. Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel
Ahh, Angel. Just saying his name makes me sigh with extreme vampire love... you'd think I'd have gotten over him by now, but I haven't. He made famous the brooding wistful look, that hair (you know what I'm talking about) and the tortured vampire who wants to do good. Sure, there were others like him before Master Joss created him, but Angel did it better. MUCH better. David Boreanaz succeeded in making a whole load of ladies fall head over heels in love with him, and can you blame them? He rocked those tight leather trousers when he was playing big bad Angelus. *Wistfully stares at David Boreanaz calendar*
Best quote: [To Buffy] "I love you. I try not to, but I can't stop".- BtVS Season 2, episode 13, 'Surprise'.
Favourite moment: In the Buffy Season 3 finale, 'Graduation Day Part 2', when Buffy forces him to feed on her. It was oh so wrong, but it looked AMAZING.
3. Edward Cullen - The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
You may think Edward is my favourite vampire, and I can see why you'd think that: after all, I do spend a hefty portion of my day talking/thinking about him. As fantastic as he is, he can never beat the Buffy boys, who will forever own my vampire lovin' heart. Unlike a lot of people, I have no problems with Edward's stalkerish ways, and really my only complaint is that he chose Bella. Did he not know I was just an ocean and a fictional world away? I love Edward's hair (thanks, Robert Pattinson, for doing it incredible movie justice), his chivalry and his sparkle-in-the-sun ways. When he says "Marry me, Bella", I just want to shout "YES!" right back to him.
Best quote: [To Jacob] "But if you ever bring her back damaged again — and I don't care whose fault it is; I don't care if she merely trips, or if a meteor falls out of the sky and hits her in the head — if you return her to me in less than the perfect condition that I left her in, you will be running with three legs. Do you understand that, mongrel?" - Eclipse, Chapter 15, 'Wager'.
Favourite moment: Saving Bella from Tyler's van in Twilight, Chapter 3, 'Phenomenon'. This is the moment when I fell unconditionally and irrevocably... okay, I'll stop now.
4. Stefan Salvatore - The Vampire Diaries (TV show)
I have yet to read the Vampire Diaries books by L.J. Smith, but I have them all waiting for me. I know, I know, what kind of a vampire fan am I?! I'm late getting to the books, but I have been religiously watching the show every week, and have well and truly fallen for chiseled, beautifully groomed Stefan (and Paul Wesley, of course). I'm also quite fond of his brother, Damon, and I often find myself debating between the two. At the moment, Stefan's winning, and my favourite moment mentioned below helped him take the lead. He's one of those broody, protective, tortured vamps, not unlike my man Angel. I've now given up resisting their charms, as it's clearly no use any more.
Best quote: [To Elena] "Do you want to know what i would write? I met a girl, we talked and it was epic. Then the sun came up and reality set in. Well this is reality, right here". - Season 1, Episode 2, 'The Night of the Comet'.
Favourite moment: In Season 1, episode 12, 'Unpleasantville', he briefly dances with Elena, then kisses her and raises one eyebrow. When I saw this, I audibly swooned.
5. Selene - Underworld movies
You may have noticed that Selene (portrayed by Kate Beckinsale) is the only female vampire in my list. That's mainly because I tried to not make it an essay on Whedon-y goodness, and also because the male vampires tend to spend more time in my head. That's not to say female vamps don't kick ass, though, because they do. Leather-clad Selene is proof of that, and if anyone needs to take down a lycan or two, they should definitely call her (Cullens, are you listening?). She rocks the vampire life like it's a gift, she doesn't whine and her fangs look cool. I'm a fan.
Best quote: [Selene: "Lycans are allergic to silver. We have to get the bullets out quickly, or they end up dying on us during questioning". Michael: "What happens to them afterward"?]
Selene: "We put the bullets back in". - Underworld
Favourite moment: Any of her action scenes sit well with me, but I do love it when she jumps off a very high roof, and still manages to land on her feet. It's a skill I often wish I possessed.