Saturday, 24 April 2010

Vampire Week: My Top 5 Vampires

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.


Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

Yay! I thought I was the only Stefan fan on the blogosphere. Seriously. People are always laughing at me when I say I prefer Stefan to Damon. I will admit that Damon is sexy, though. haha!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Woo hoo! I love this post. And Spike at Number One, eh?! :) Love the quotes!

leanne_luce said...

You know the love I have for Paul Wesley & Stefan. I have to admit & please don't hit me for saying this, I think he would have made an awesome Edward *runsandhides* :P

SusanKMann said...

I am team Stefan to. Sometimes Damon seems to have a nice side then turns evil again. Stefan all the way. Oh and the sexy Edward always on the top vamp lists. Great post to end the week. xx

JennM said...

Love it!! I have never seen an episode of Buffy (runs and hides in the corner) but I agree with #3 and 4 for sure :-) and I haven't read VD either but absolutely LOVE LOVE the show. Totally love Elena & Stefan, but after this week I have softened towards Damon...a lot!

Audrey; (AyC) said...

unfortunately, not a buffy watcher :o but I read your favourite quotes/scenes, and they just sound amazing. "Out. for. a. walk...b*tch." I laughed out loud :D love it!

Laura said...

Excellent choice of vampires! and how true that Spike is number one! I loved his Happy Meals on legs bit during the season finale of Season 2.

However, am surprised by lack of the most famous vampire of them all... Dracula! :)

Karen Mahoney said...

Hmm... STEFAN Salvatore?!? I think you made a mistake there, Jenny. You obviously meant to write DAMON Salvatore. No worries, these things happen. *gets crazy twitchy eye*

I'll wait while you fix it. *waits*

LOL!! :D

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Spike, FTW! And LMAO I know exactly what quote you're talking about. And Angel...oh my oh my.

I didn't like The Vampire Diaries books. I probably would have back when they came out, but I adore the show. I was all rooting for Damon at first because I'm a sucker for the asshats, but Stefan has won me over.

And I'm more of a Jasper fan myself :)

Dannie said...

Selene is badass and all, but Spoike is where its at.

And I agree with Karen--I mean, who could ever pick Stefan "Look How Haunted I Am" Salvatore when they could just as easily have DAMON?


LovesSam said...

See this might just be my favourite post for Vampire Week. I actually read it and jumped around a little because I just love it that much. And I just *knew* Mr Cullen would not make your top spot, because I have seen your shrine to all things Buffy and it totally pwns your Twilight collection, which btw is the biggest Twilight collection I have ever seen!!

Okay, so I agree with Karen a little, because I am slightly loving Damon more. But, I will contest that I seriously thought he was heinous at the start of the series, but he has grown on me, and now I just love him so. But big up Paul Wesley, because he is just too adorable and sexy for words.

My number one has to be Edward Cullen, even though I i'm Team Jacob. Maybe that makes me a traitor. And where is Simon from The Mortal Instruments?? he is a kick ass vampire and I LOVE him.

Fantabulous post mon pip!!!! Yay Vampire Week <3

Sarah said...

Great choices! I love Spike & Angel - I could happily swoon for either of them LOL. I've still not started watching Vampire Diaries (I know shame on me!!!) but I've been religiously recording them - must get around to watching soon :o)

Natasa said...

Woohoo! Spike and Selene are my best badass buddies in the history of ever. :D

Them... and DAMON Salvatore.

*cough* I'm going to go with Karen here and assume you DID mean to write Damon. RIGHT?!?!?

Lol anyway you're one of the few who likes Stefan, and I'll be interested to see if/how/when your opinion changes as the TV series progresses :D

anna said...

Spike is definitely number 1 for me too right now. I've been watching Buffy back to back and just finished season 6. looooooooooove SPIKE! He's always been one of my favorites!

dArLyN said...

Everything you said about Selene is true and the the quote you wrote for her, is specifically my favourite part!

Lauren said...

Excellent, excellent post. I have to agree that Spike should be right up there at number one - and that is the best. quote. ever. Love it.

If I were making a list, I'd have to include Claudia from Interview With A Vampire. She's awesome!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

fantastic list! That's one of my favourite Edward quotes too and I love Stefan way too much.

May the vampire love live on! :)

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Amazing choices! Love the quotes ;)

Book Chick City said...

Yes, Yes, Yes! I agree with all vamps on your list (apart from probably Selene). I loved Spike and Angel, totally different vamps but both brilliant. I am SO a Stefan fan. Yes, Damon is a total cutie, but Stefan is just drop dead gorgeous!! And I love the whole vampire trying to be good thing. Great list! :)

YA Vampire Books said...

Awesome list! I love both Stefan & Damon, though Damon is on top of my list right now! ;)

SuperIdole said...

i'm new reading the blog so maybe you don't like but even if I totally agree with your (male) choice (except edward^^)Eric from the southern vampire serie (and TB)is my favorite vampire since I read about him! Even if I have to admit that Spike have a special place in my heart^^
and I also prefer Damon (hot bad guy^^)