Who Was Your First Vampire Crush?

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I'm a child of the 80's and as such, my first Vampire Crush was Lestat de Lioncourt from Anne Rice's novel, Interview With The Vampire. That enigmatic, a-sexual (hyper-sexual?) predator of men, women, and children. With his marble skin, blue eyes, and pale blond hair, I always pictured Sting as a more fitting Lestat, certainly not Tom Cruise, but whatever. It's not like Anne Rice asked me her opinion when casting the movie. They should have, by the way. I'm not sure I would've picked Brad Pitt for Louis, either. Although, Kirsten Dunst nailed Claudia. I still get chills from her performance.

Louis is a brooding, conflicted vampire, but not Lestat. He relishes his role and embraces his amorality. It's hard not to be enchanted by him and beguiled by his charm. He knows exactly who and what he is and makes no apologies for being the killer that he is.

I thought it would be cool to travel the world with Louis and Lestat (as long as they didn't snack on me). Claudia scared the crap out of me, and I sort of hoped she would stay home on our adventures. Think woman in a child's body and you've got Claudia.

If you've never read Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire and you like those kinds of books, you should. Seriously. The story is richly drawn and you'll fall in love as much with the vampires as you will New Orleans.

Whatever you do, read the book before you see the movie. Just trust me on this.

There you have it. Lestat was my first vampire crush. Who was yours? Do you have more than one?

31 thoughts on “Who Was Your First Vampire Crush?”

  1. Sisyphus47Sisyphus47

    Amy Harper Bellafonte, the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years, in “The Passage” of Justin Cronin… 😉

  2. Trish Loye ElliottTrish Loye Elliott

    I think my first one was probably Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K Hamilton (the first ones that came out so long ago). Then Angel & Spike from Buffy, of course!

  3. MelindaMelinda

    Oh my, I don’t think I’ve ever had a vampire crush… I’m a bit late on that, but I did think “Edward Cullen” was great (book, not movie)

  4. EmmaEmma

    I loved the Lestat of the books but not Tom Cruise’s portrayal of him. Kirsten Dunst was amazing as Claudia.
    I can’t remember my first vampire crush. I adored the Point Horror books when I was a kid but the vampires in those tales weren’t the attractive type.
    Probably my first memorable vamp crush was Angel in Buffy. I got over him as soon as Spike rolled into Sunnydale.

  5. David N. WalkerDavid N. Walker

    Sorry, Tameri. I love ya’ but no vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc.

  6. Devan CrableDevan Crable

    Lestat all the way. Love him. A friend of mine spent a night explaining Ann Rice’s Vampire books to me. Of course I had to have them. I like the way he looks in my head. I’ve been many place’s with Lestat again only in my head, yet such fun. I am a daydreamer.

  7. Tracey LivesayTracey Livesay

    I saw the movie and read the book, but I don’t remember crushing on any of them. I think my first vampire crush was probably Angel, only to be supplanted forever, by Spike! 🙂 And, of course, I love my sparkly Twilight men, too. Great post, as always.

  8. Bethany Lopez (@BethanyLopez2)Bethany Lopez (@BethanyLopez2)

    I loved reading those books growing up, but I was more for Louis. At least in the first book. Now, in the second book, I began to appreciate Lestat more than Louie. I didn’t mind Tom Cruise in the movie. I thought he did a good job, despite everyone being angry that he got the part. Kristen Dundst was a perfect blend of spoiled brat and creepy as hell!

  9. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    I tried to read the book after seeing the movie and couldn’t. The movie ruined it for me. That usually happens. I can’t think of a vampire I crushed on back then, but I recall feeling for Lasher (although not a vampire, he was a confused and messed up immortal) in another of Anne Rice’s series.

  10. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Aw, I’ve never had one. What does that mean?!? I do have a fem-crush on Anne Rice, though. Stellar author – same for her son. Happy weekend, lady!

  11. Dawn Marie HamiltonDawn Marie Hamilton

    Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows. I used to run home from school when I was in fifth grade to watch the soap opera. Oops! I’m aging myself. 🙂

  12. Lissa ClouserLissa Clouser

    I LOVED Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries…the books, not the CW Series. Though I will admit casting Ian Somerhalder was BRILLIANT. He looks like and plays Damon so well. It’s not his fault the rest of the show… falters. *winces*

    ‘The Silver Kiss’ by Annette Curtis Klause and ‘Look for Me by Moonlight’ by Mary Downing Hahn and ‘Companions of the Night’ by Vivian Vande Velde are all still favorites from when I read them in middle school.

    Oh the days when ‘paranormal romance’ was not an entire section in Barnes & Noble. I love vampire literature, but the popularity has allowed for too many mediocre bits of work to be released. As far as more current stuff, the ‘Vampire Academy’ series by Richelle Mead was very, very well done I thought. Great characters, some original spin on vampire lore, and just an excellent story to tell. =)

  13. margareth1313margareth1313

    I am a child of the 80’s. My vamp crush has got to be Keifer Sutherland from Lost Boys. I didn’t care that he was bullying cold-blooded killer. He was one hot undead. I never even touched an Anne Rice novel until after I had read the whole Twilight series. And Edward is a bit angsty for me- Emmett is hot, oversexed, and immortal- is there a down side? 😉

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