It's almost Halloween so we thought it was high time that we got to the bottom of the age of question – ‘Who is the best vampire?’. So, we reached out to the WeBuyBooks community for the answers, and boy did they deliver! We asked our followers who they think the best fictional vampire is and here’s what they said:
Coming in at number 10 with 5% of the votes is Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe it’s the ectopic good nature of this vampire or just the solid cheekbones that earned Angel his place on our list of elite vamps.
Sharing another 5% of the votes is Spider-tamer Vampire Larten Crepsley. Brainchild of Darren O'Shaughnessy, Larten is a powerful vampire that appears in both The Saga of Larten Crepsley and The Saga of Darren Shan book series.
Yet another vampire earning 5% of the votes is Anne Rice’s Louis de Point du Lac. Known by a variety of names such as Merciful Death, Dark Angel, and Beautiful One, this vampire first appeared in the 1974 novel Interview with the Vampire. This novel was later adapted into a fan-favourite film of the same name in 1995, where Louis de Point du Lac was played by Brad Pitt.
Perhaps the ‘scariest’ vampire on our list is the terrible Count Von Count. Well, scary if you have a fear of little purple hand puppets I suppose. But regardless of his fear factor (or lack of), this muppet is well deserving of a place on this list with 6% of the votes. The Count made his first appearance in the 1974 season 4 premiere of Sesame Street and has been spooking it up ever since.
As one of the key vamps in the popular Vampire Diaries series, it’s easy to see why Damon Salvatore was voted as the 6th most popular fictional bloodsucker. Starting out as a ‘bad guy’ in the first season, Damon quickly develops into one of the key protagonists of the whole series. Over the many years of his life, Damon has had a pretty rough time, he has died a total of 5 times, including once at the hands of his father, so we think he is well deserving of a place on this list.
Coming in at the number 5 spot is Duckula, or should we say ‘Count Duckula the 17th’. This lovable character is the not so terrifying descendent of a long line of duck vampires from the 1988 animated television series ‘Count Duckula’. Unlike his ancestors, Duckula has no fangs, and he is in fact a vegetarian. A green, vegetarian vampire duck, what’s not to love?
Born by the name of William Pratt, Spike is the infamous white-haired vampire from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. Before turning into a vampire in the late 1800s, Spike was a poet (not a very good one) but after his transformation, his day-to-day took on a more murderous vibe as he went on to terrorize the people of Europe with his new-found power.
We all knew he would appear on the list somewhere, Edward Cullen from the Twilight Saga takes the number 3 spot. Edward is one of the main protagonists in the teen vampire novel series, and let's be honest, it’s easy to see why he has received 10% of the votes. He quickly became a fan favourite with the release of the books back in 2005 and let’s not forget the 2008 portrayal by Robert Patterson.
Number 2 on our list, just pipping Twilight to the post, is Anne Rice’s Lestat de Lioncourt otherwise known as the ‘Brat Prince’. This bold and enthusiastic vampire is the lead character in many of Rice’s novels including The Queen of the Damned (1988), Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (2018), and Interview with the Vampire in 1976. He was even played by Tom Cruise in the film adaptation of Interview with the Vampire.
We finally come to the number one spot. With an impressive 35% of the votes, Bram Stoker's Dracula blows all the other vampires out of the water. First appearing in Bram Stoker's 1897 gothic horror novel ‘Dracula’, this fan favourite is said to have been inspired by the 15th century prince Vlad the Impaler and by Sir Henry Irving, the English stage Actor. Dracula has been in the spot countless times since his creation, being portrayed multiple times in various films and inspiring countless fictional vampire characters since his first appearance.
And that concludes our investigation into the question of who the best fictional vampire really is. There was some tough competition and some great suggestions from the WeBuyBooks community with vampire from across the spectrum like Count Duckula the 17th all the way to Twilight's Edward Cullen. But in the end, there could only be one king of the vampires, and of course, it had to be Dracula himself.
Do you agree with the result of this survey, or would you give the crown of ‘best vampire’ to another? Keep an eye on our Instagram and watch out for our next poll to stand a chance of winning the next grand prize.