Friday

Vampires Turn Me On

So sue Bite Me!

I honestly can't say what it is that I find sexy about vampires - whether it be their need for blood, their sharp teeth, or the fact that they are immortal, but I find that I can't help myself.  Vampires turn me on!  I think, with me, it has a lot to do with the eternal love aspect of the story.

Lately, it seems that all I want to read are paranormal books - especially when they are vampire-related.  I mean, all you have to do is tell me there's a vampire in there somewhere and you'll see that book tucked under my arm while on the way to the register.  It's that simple.  Is this happening to you?  Are you on the same paranormal craze that I'm in?

In honor of vampire week and my vampire fascination, I've come up with a list of my favorite vampires.  These are the guys that work it for me.  Tell me what you think.


My top 10 vampires in literature: 

10- Acheron Parthenopaeus (Sherrilyn Kenyon's Night-Hunter series)  - Ash is only on this list because he has fangs, but he is so much more than just a vampire.  Although he looks  like a tall, lanky gothic teen, you don't want to mess with this Atlantean God.  You'll find him in every Night-Hunter book as every Dark-Hunter's BFF and leader, but you know he's hiding something since he's always vague when answering any personal questions.  We finally get the full and undisclosed Ash in his book titled Acheron.

9- Mr. Darcy (Mr. Darcy, Vampyre; Vampire Darcy's Desire)  - He's Mr. Darcy do I really have to explain why he made the list, sheech 

8- Eric Sinclair (Betsy Taylor series, MaryJanice Davidson)  - Sink Lair, as Betsy likes to call him is the epitome of vampire-ness.  He's ancient, he's brooding, wealthy, gentlemanly and puts up with Betsy and all her shenanigans all while calling her "Mine Own".  Always brings a smile to my face.

7- Zhadist (Lover Awakened, J.R. Ward) - Out of all the men in the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Zhadist is the broken one - which, of course, makes him my favorite.  I have to say that this alone is what does it for me.  His book is the one I looked forward to the most.  The one I craved.  I couldn't wait for him to find his heroine - someone to love and support and bring him some type of happiness.  Yes, I have a thing for the messed up guys.

6- Lestat de Lioncourt (The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice)  - I'm sure you've all (at least) heard of a movie called Interview with a Vampire - well shortly after watching this movie I picked up Lestat's book.  Although I found the book a bit wordy, Lestat's accounts of his life, his brethren, his love after life... well this is a book that although torn, with bent corners and dog-eared pages will always own a place in my bookshelf.

5- Vlad the Impaler (Bram Stoker's Dracula) - Although I must confess to never having read the book or seeing the movie, and he is a bit old-fashioned for my tastes, I feel it is only fair that he be on the list.  After all, he is the one who started it all.

4- Betsy Taylor (Besty Taylor Series, MaryJanice Davidson) - She's my girl vampire crush. After getting laid off, hit by a car and killed, she finds herself awake in a coffin wearing knock-off shoes.  That's just how her story starts... did I mention she's also the Queen of the Undead.   

3- Carpathian males (Christine Feehan's Dark Series) - I'm encompassing a whole group of men here only because I can't choose just one.  The very first paranormal romance I read was a Carpathian novel about 15 years ago.  The men in these books are fated to spend their lives without feelings, emotions or color... that is until they find their life mate.  My favorite thing of all the cool things they can do (from changing shapes to flying) is that they have telepathic connections with their partners.  But I do have to mention that they are not vampires, they are Carpathians.  In these books vampires are evil. 

2- Edward Cullen  (Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer) - I dig shiny vampires.  But aside from his sparkly-ness, I think his books might just be what got the whole vampire craze in motion.  He's sweet, brooding, gentlemanly, vegetarian (hmmm, that might not be the right word), even a bit stalkerish, but in the end, I still fell in love with him.

1- Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse novels, Charlaine Harris) - Good lord, if he were real and I had the opportunity, I would jump his bones.  He is arrogant, sarcastic, always has an ulterior motive, he's a Viking (for goodness sakes!), yet the soft spot that he holds for Sookie was what truly won me over. 


Runner-Up's:
Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries, L.J. Smith) - I think he is a bit too childish and I'm really not into the whole sibling rivalry thing

Bill Compton (Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris) - I liked him for like the first three books in the series... ugh

Lenah Beaudonte (Infinite Days, Rebecca Maizel) - She was a vampire... and then she wasn't anymore

Rhode (Infinite Days, Rebecca Maizel) - I won't say why he didn't make the list because of spoilers... but he was a heavy contender

Damen Auguste (The Immortals Series, Alyson Noel) - I thought he was a vampire for more than half of the book (Evermore), I was wrong.



Did your favorite vamp make my list?  If not, who is your favorite vampire? 
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57 comments:

ParaJunkee said...

I might have a slight vampire obsession. Just a slight one ;)

Where is Bones? Gotta be one of the best.

Nely said...

@ParaJunkee - I've never read any of Jeaniene Frost's books (bows head in shame)

Reading Lassie said...

Dimitri (Vampire Academy Series) turns me on. Big time. :)

Nely said...

@Reading Lassie - that's another series I have not read... but I have heard about him ;)

vickyvak said...

Ethan Sullivan (Chicagoland Vampires series) is so hot! Love him!

Linda said...

Only one word describes Edward Cullen....SEXY.....hehehe

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Linda said...

Only one word describes Edward Cullen....SEXY.....hehehe

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debbie said...

I have always said edward cullen.

Brooke Reviews said...

Hm, it's tough picking a favorite vampire. I used to be in love with Louis, but if I go back and read it now he's such a baby. I'll have to say Eric Northman :)

Margay said...

I do like Edward Cullen and Stefan.
Margay

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Totally Edward! Team Edward all the way.

Eric is smokin' though, I still love Bill and his southernism...FYI, Quinn rocks in that series but he's a shifter not a vamp.

Dimitri!! Oh, how I can't wait for the sixth book in the Vampire Academy to come out!!

Nely, if you enjoyed the Twilight Saga you will really like the Vampire Academy series too! I flew through both not able to get enough!

Carol M said...

Bill Compton is my favorite!
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mountie9 said...

Good choices, I would aslo seriously go after book Eric Northam

But you left off the ultimate hot literary vampire

Bones from Jeaniene Frost's books -- yum, yum
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Jennifer said...

I'm a vampire junkie too. My fav vamp is Eric Northman. He's sexy as, well he's just all that.

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The Book Vixen said...

Oh Nely, you HAVE to read the Night Huntress series. It's a must! Bones is HOT!!

I get in my phases as well. Vampires are indeed sexy. Eric tops my list.

DK's Book Reviews said...

I have been reading more paranormal books lately myself and I just finished the 1st in the series of Sookie Stackhouse "Dead Until Dark" and am starting the 2nd today. You have done well with your post. This is my last stop for the giveaway and I have to say this was one of the most fun and informative giveaways I have entered. You guys did well with your posts. It was fun. Thanks for the entry.

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M.A.D. said...

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Another vampire groupie here LOL

Mmmmmm ... Lestat! Yep, that one has a permanent spot on my bookshelf as well ;D

Oh yeah, I get in spells like this, too. All I've been reading all summer (and now fall) are paranormals. Lots of yummy vampires between the pages hehe

Danny said...

OOOOoooooOoO Awesome Post Sweetie!

I'm with Parajunkee I totally miss Bones on the list, he would most definitely be in my Top 3 with Edward (of course) and Eric Northman.

Seriously you have to pick up the Night Huntress series, they are so sooo good!

Oh and Damen and Stefan from The Vampire Diaries. Although I don't like the books at all, the show is awesomeness!

Ok, who else.. *thinking* Yes, the Vampire Academy is great too, but mentioned already.

Honestly, Bones is sooo missing!

*whispers* he even kicks Edward from the throne on my list and this.means.something!

Missie said...

Can I just say I love that Eric is your number one because he is definitely my number one, too! *le sigh*

Great list. I'm totally in agreement with a lot of it. You have to read the NH series. So Hot! And you have to at least watch the Dracula movie!

And yes, Edward started a huge vampire worshiping craze. Bella is very lucky!

Brooke said...

I love Edward of course altough he kind of got annoying. Damon and Stefan are amazing, but Damon is my favorite. I also love the Infinite Days vampires - Lenah and Rhode! I wish I had HBO so I could watch True Blood! I've never read the books!!

nat said...

I have to say Dimitri from Vampire Academy and Damon from Vampire Diaries.

Natasha said...

BONES! hehe
I love Zsadist as well! I love them all:) hehe

Pamk said...

\that was my first thought what about Bones?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I don't do vamps but this post is precious :) Way fun!

Teril said...

this has been a fun adventure. And for the vampire series, Cat & Bones Rock!

Judy said...

I would agree with most of your ten. My favorite has always been Lestat. When I started reading vampire books Anne Rice was big in that field. So, I have been partial to Lestat ever since.

throuthehaze said...

Acheron is definitely one of my faves but my all-time favorite vamp is Marius de Romanus from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.

marian said...

i love vampires too! some of my favorites are stefan from the vampire diaries, ethan sullivan from the chicagoland series, schuyler van alen and jack force from the blue bloods series, and bones from the night huntress series. i love some of your picks as well. betsy and eric are great and eric northman is HOT!!

Emiii8 said...

I have to say Damon from Vampire Diaries and Eric Northman!

Pokadots1121 said...

Vampires are okay, but werewolves are hot.

jacmom said...

My favorite vampire I think is Bones from Halfway to the Grave and the Nighthuntress Series by Jenienne Frost. I just love the fact that he's a vampire bounty hunter.

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JoAnna said...

I definitely have a vampire obsession but I don't think it is as bad as my shifter obsession. I also think it is unfair to play favorites with the vampires (or shifters). It's just so hard to pick my favorite from BDB. I'm reading Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter right now and I think I'm adding a new vampire to my list. I definitely saw a lot of vamps I like on your list. I haven't read Jeanine Frost's series yet but after all the comments for Bones, I can't wait the books are sitting in my room waiting to be read. I don't think they will have to wait too long. :)

Mervi said...

Most of my favorite vampires are from tv shows, not books.. But I'll say my favorite book vampires are Stefan from the Mercy Thompson series, Eric Northman, and Damon from the Vampire Diaries if he is anything like in the tv show. :)

Paranormal Haven said...

Mmm yes I love me some Bones but my favorite vamps would be those of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood. So alpha and SO hot!


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Marq said...

My favorite vamp will have to be Bones from The Nighthuntress series. "Hallo kitten!"

elaing8 said...

I agree with the others Bones is definitely the first on my list.#2 would be Quinn from Riley Jensen series by Keri ArthurThen I'd pick all the brothers from the BDB series.Michael Glass from Morganville series.Kisten from the Hollows series by Kim Harrsion.

Edna said...

Yay for Ash and Eric. I love them both. I would probably have to add Valerius from Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon, BONES and Ian from the Night Huntress books by Jeaniene Frost. I just started the Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill and I think Ethan may be a winner too.

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

Yes, my hunk of yum Eric Northman was on the list. I love vampries too. They have the whole bad boy vibe that I'm a sucker for. The inner battle between good and evil where they fight their instincts and try to hold onto some part of their humanity. The whole don't mess with me or I'll bite you, or I'll bite you for the heck of it and make it feel good :) What's not to love??

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Chrystal said...

I have to say I definately like Eric Sinclair and Betsy - they are great reading! And well I love Louis more than Lestat. And I am just starting the Sookie Stackhouse books soon... so I have no comment on that one yet.

Stephmartin71 said...

I really had it bad- The Stalker Syndrome here we come... For Michael, in the Movie Lost Boys back in 87 & In 07 for TV's short lived run of Moonlight's Mick St. John-yummy and now starting in 08 Eric from True Blood. Really really yummy. I hope this series show never ends! My favorite Vampires in books would have to be either Christine Feehans Carpathians, Lynsay Sands Argeneau's and Alexander Ivy's Guardians just to name 3 and that series not books... and I've got so many more but then I would take up this whole page if I keep writing ;) Happy Halloween
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MaryJanice Davidson said...

Nely, thanks so much for your kind words about Betsy and Sink Lair from my UNDEAD series. Hope your Halloween is zombie-free! (As I pray mine will be.)

Becky said...

I am a huge vampire fan myself... (Team Edward for sure!), and love reading about them. However,lately, seriously I am in love with paranormal romance books period! If there is a paranormal romance book out there I try to read it... my latest read "Stronger Than Sin" by Caridad Piñeiro- has been a huge page turner!

Onge said...

I'm definitely a vampire fan!! I haven't read a couple of your favorites but they sound good. Edward started it for me and I can't wait to read more.

Anna said...

Where's Bones?He is my favorite vampire,my favorite male character,well,in short,all of my favorites!
You should definitely read Night Huntress series!

JenM said...

Another vote for Bones here. OMG, add the British accent to the fact that he really knows how to melt a woman (Chapter 32 anyone?) and I am so there. Eric is a close second though. He was so much better than Bill right from the start.

Michelle said...

I enjoy a good vampire book too! I'd gone a long time after college where I didn't read that much for pleasure and then I picked up Interview with a Vampire and bam, I was hooked and read so many Anne Rice books.

Eric Northman is definitely my fav vampire! Holy hotness, LOL. I'm a Team Damon girl and found the vamps in Infinite Days to be fantastic as well.

Dovile said...

My favorite vampire isn't on your list. It's Angel, from Buffy and Angel TV series.

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sablelexi said...

My favorite vampires are Spike from Buffy and jean Claude from the Anita Blake series.

jmspettoli said...

I'm a bit fan of vampires and I pretty much all of them that are mentioned (except for Edward Cullen, sorry he just didn't do it for me). To add another sexy vampire to list is Mircea from Karen Chance's books.

the Moorhouse's said...

would love to win if this is still open! you didn't mention Mick, but he is a tv vampire from the show Moonlight that only aired for one season

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

My favourite vampire? Hm.. in series that is Angel and Spike and of course Damon Salvatore, he is incredibly dark and dangerously irresistible. Oh and of course Eric Northman! I almost forgot about him! Bad bad Stella..

In books I love Sebastian Wroth in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series.

Thanks for the fun posts and the great giveaway! :-)

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LORETTA CANTON said...

It is Angel all the way for me.


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Cleverly Inked said...

Ok so I am late posting but, Ma you list rocks.

The World of Lurlene Mcdaniel said...

its nice to see that lesat made the list. same with edward.

and yes, vampires turn me on too and i love watching vampire films and etc.

Hope said...

Demitri, Damon Salvatore, Stark (house of night series), Michal Glass (morganville vampires), i would say edward cullen but emmett is soooo much hotter, uhhhh, alexander sterling (vampire kisses). i cant think of anything else.

miki said...

Bones from the night huntress serie is my favorite

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