Top 10 Favorite Book Series

It wasn’t until recently that I realized just how many book series there were out there. I mean, I knew there were a lot, but I had no idea just how many “a lot” was. I spent a good few hours hunting for new stuff to read about a year ago, and browsing series on Goodreads yielded hundreds of choices. Dare I say, thousands, even! It makes me wonder how I, an avid reader, could have missed so many. There were so many that I’d never even heard of. Some of them have 15 plus books, and there are a good amount of them about vampires, which is even more baffling that I missed them. But anyways, I’m babbling here. In this list I’ll count down my 10 favorite book series. I’ve included all genres, although to be fair, I don’t really read much else besides horror (both supernatural and “true crime” style) and fantasy. I’ve put them in order, but the order is approximate at best, especially for the top 5. The top 5 are all ongoing series (except for the Sookie books, author Charlaine Harris has made clear that the last one published was her final Sookie novel), and my favorites are pretty much based on what I’m reading at the moment. I’ve also based my rating on my enjoyment of the series, and not technical merit. I think it’s pretty obvious that someone like George RR Martin is not on the same level technically as, say, Laurell K Hamilton (Anita Blake) or MaryJanice Davidson (Betsy Taylor), so it’s kind of unfair to rate them the same way. Before I get started, here are a few honourable mentions:

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Ancient Egypt by Wilbur Smith
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Xanth by Piers Anthony
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Merry Gentry by Laurell K Hamilton
Rachel Morgan by Kim Harrison
The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

And, extra special honourable mention, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The only reason this isn’t on the main list is because I’ve just started the series, and only have 2 of 14 books read. It’s not fair, then, for this to edge out a series of which I’ve read all (or almost all) of the books in the series.

And now, without further hubub, my top 10 favorite book series! ūüôā

10 – The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

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Starting off the list, unsurprisingly, is Anne Rice‘s Vampire Chronicles. I read the first three while I was still in high school, and the next 3 in college, but after The Vampire Armand, I kinda got bored with the series. Anne Rice got just too weird. And religious. Religion isn’t something I look for when I’m reading a vampire novel. I have a few of her later books, but they’re basically sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I doubt I’ll ever read them. But the series still makes the list (albeit at number ten) because of how amazing the first three are, and how much I still love them, even interview queennow. Interview with the Vampire is simply one of the best vampire books, ever. The books were so popular that of course Hollywood had to have a crack at it. Why it took them so long, though, I’ll never know. Interview was written in 1976, and the first film didn’t come out until 1994. Of which I’m forever grateful, now that I really think about it. 70’s horror films, especially vampire horror films weren’t really known for… well… being good :-p I shudder to think of what would have become of Interview with the Vampire had it been put into the hands of a 70’s horror director. Thankfully, though, we got Neil Jordan, and he gave us one of the most beautiful pieces of film in horror history. No, forget horror history, make that film history, period. True, the casting was a little off in it’s choices for most of the characters (ok, ok, it was a lot off), and many fans, myself included, even Anne Rice herself, were horrified to learn that Tom Cruise would be playing our favorite brat, Lestat de Lioncourt. After the movie came out, however, every single one of us who’d booed the casting took it back. Despite not liking Tom Cruise hardly at all, I have to admit he does a wonderful job as Lestat, and he even looks the part. He’s the only one, unfortunately. If I had anything bad left to say about this film, it would be that, that the characters don’t look like themselves. Louis is supposed to be young, with curly black hair up to his chin. And Armand looks like a 15 year old red-head. That description doesn’t bring Antonio Banderas to mind, does it? And Claudia… well I understood why they did it, but in the book she was just 5 years old. Queen of the Damned was made in 2002 and as much as I love the film, let’s just pretend that it’s not based on a book. We’ll all be much happier for it.

 

9 – Betsy, Queen of the Undead by MaryJanice Davidson

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Betsy Taylor is a tall, blonde bimbo who’s only real passion in life is shoes. On her thirtieth birthday, she has the worst day anyone could possibly have, being fired from her job, then being run over by a speeding SUV. Horrified after waking in the morgue, she tries to kill herself multiple times, unsuccessfully. She then realizes why: she’s risen as a vampire. And not just any vampire, either. According to elder vampire Eric Sinclair, she’s the new vampire queen. Betsy, who’s biggest problems in life before were the stain on those new Louboutins she bought, is about to find out being queen isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Told in the first person, Betsy’s perspective, these books are absolutely hilarious. I’m generally not a fan of reading comedy, but since this was also a vampire thing, I decided to give it a go, and boy am I glad I did. The books are short, sweet, and always fun. I’ve fallen a bit behind on this series, though, I’ve only read up to number 7. But I have so much stuff to read now, that these fluffy little comedies have been shuffled to the back of the line.

  1. Undead and Unwed
  2. Undead and Unemployed 
  3. Undead and Unappreciated
  4. Undead and Unreturnable
  5. Undead and Unpopular
  6. Undead and Uneasy
  7. Undead and Unworthy
  8. Undead and Unwelcome
  9. Undead and Unfinished
  10. Undead and Undermined
  11. Undead and Unstable
  12. Undead and Unsure
  13. Undead and Unwary 

 

8 – Zinc Chandler, Special X by Michael Slade

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I discovered this author quite by accident. I got a book as a gift, I think it was for christmas, but I have no idea who from. The book was by an author I’d never heard of before, but the title was cool: Ghoul. I started reading it, and yup, it was right up my alley. Each novel follows agents from the fictional Special X department of the RCMP as they hunt horrifying serial killers. You can tell it’s fiction already, Canada doesn’t boast enough serial killers to write a new book every year, hehehe. I’m way behind on this series too, I made it to number 7 (again? That seems to be my lucky number…) and then sort of pooped out. The books, although always with fascinating stories, are a little hit and miss sometimes. Ghoul, Ripper, Headhunter and Primal Scream were all excellent, absolute page turners, while Cutthroat and Evil Eye were a little hard to get through, sluggishly paced and sometimes downright boring. I had no idea the series had grown to 14 books, though! I’ll have to pick them up again.

  1. Headhunter (1984)
  2. Ghoul (1987)
  3. Cutthroat (1992)
  4. Ripper (1994)
  5. Evil Eye (1996)
  6. Primal Scream (1998)
  7. Burnt Bones (1999)
  8. Hangman (2000)
  9. Death’s Door (2001)
  10. Bed of Nails (2003)
  11. Swastika (2005)
  12. Kamikaze (2006)
  13. Crucified (2008)
  14. Red Snow (2010)

 

7 – Victoria Nelson, The Blood Books by Tanya Huff

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This series, like most others actually, now that I think of it, I came into when it was already done. Not only was the book series done, but a TV show had come and gone as well, with myself none the wiser about it. I’m not entirely sure how I came upon this series, then, but I think it was one of my Facebook friends who had mentioned the show, and how he was ticked off at all the changes they’d made, but damn did that vampire look good. And after seeing a picture of the vampire in question, I decided that this show was something I needed to see. Right now. So after I started watching the show (and falling in love with it), I went hunting for the books. I read the first one in one sitting blood tiesI think, so that should tell you what I thought of it. The first book, Blood Price, is faithfully recreated for the show’s two-part Pilot episode, but after that the show pretty much goes it’s own way. (Dexter did the same thing, but at least we got a whole season of faithfulness before the writers crapped all over it, but I’m straying from the topic again.) I don’t actually mind that much when producers take some artistic license with the material they’re adapting (mind, I’m only talking about TV here. Adapting to film is a whole other monster), as long as they’re honest about what they’re doing. Dexter‘s writers were very clear in saying that season one would be the only one based truly on the books, and the rest will only bare some similarities in the characters. Same with Blood Ties here. True Blood, on the other hand, HBO bought the rights from author Charlaine Harris with the understanding that their vision was the same, and that they were headed in the same direction with their ideas. In fact, a (more or less) direct quote from Harris about it: “I sold the rights to Alan Ball because of all the people asking for the rights, his vision of the story was the closest to my own”. I bet she really regrets that now, with the ridiculousness that has become that show. But anyways, side-tracked again, who me? Maybe I should stop ranting and tell you what the books are actually about. Vicki Nelson is an ex-cop (known by her colleagues as Victory Nelson, for her impressive record) who’s now a private detective. She left the force because a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, which starts off by slowly killing night vision and peripheral vision, will eventually leave her blind, and she didn’t want to stay on the force if that meant riding a desk for the rest of her career. One day she gets a client who is positive her boyfriend was killed by a vampire, and hires Vicki to prove it. Vicki takes the case, never for one second imagining that she’d not only meet a vampire in her search for the truth, but that he’d be Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII… and an ally. Such great books, and finally, a real female role model. She’s still beautiful (of course) but she’s a “real” woman. No “waif-fu” here, Vicki kicks ass cause she works out her 5’11” frame. She’s also not a “lost little damsel, waiting for her knight”. She does most of the saving here. If you enjoy vampires and detectives, this short series is a perfect read for you. I just wish there was more of it!!

  1. Blood Price (1991)
  2. Blood Trail (1992)
  3. Blood Lines (1992)
  4. Blood Pact (1993)
  5. Blood Debt (1997)
  6. Blood Bank ‚Äď a short story collection

 

6 – Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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So, of course this series will be in almost all fantasy lovers favorites list. Never mind that they were aimed at kids, this is some quality reading right here. 7 books (later made into 8 movies) of pure, unadulterated, magical fun. If I have to tell you what these books (and/or movies) are about, you really need to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been hiding under. But on the off-chance that you like it there under your rock, it goes a little something like this: 11 year old Harry Potter discovers that he’s a wizard and gets recruited by a half-giant named Hagrid to attend a harry-potterspecial wizarding school, Hogwarts. The end. No of course it isn’t, although, to be fair, that’s pretty awesome all by itself. So, wouldn’t you know, little Harry is famous all over the wizarding world for having defeated (read: didn’t die when shot at by) the evil Lord Voldemort. Voldemort’s not as dead as everyone thought, though, and with Harry’s return to the wizarding world, evil is stirring once again. A classic story of good against evil, black against white, the noseless vs the… nosed? I dunno. You get my point. The books are incredibly well written, especially for something that was originally aimed at a younger audience, so that’s even more impressive. So many YA authors think that since their stuff is aimed at teenagers, it can afford to not be well written. It’s a shame too, because some of them have good ideas, but their writing is total shite¬†(I’m looking at YOU, Stephanie Meyer!) Thankfully, JK Rowling isn’t one of those authors, so her books are a joy to read, for the young and old alike.

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003)
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)

 

5 – Dexter Morgan by Jeff Lindsay

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Dexter Morgan is a wonderful character, both in writing and on the TV screen. I only heard about the book series after the show started playing, and though, at that time, I didn’t like the show, the idea is wonderful, so of course when I heard this was a series of books I went out and bought the first 3 all at once. I sat down with the first one expecting a real treat, and I definitely was not disappointed. The story (for the book series and the show) goes a little something like this: Dexter Morgan is a mild-mannered employee of the crime lab of Miami Metro police Dexter Season 8department, his exact job title is blood spatter analyst. His job is to find out how all that precious life juice got out of the victim and onto wherever it is that person got killed. And he’s very good at his job. Both of them. Because by night, mild-mannered Dexter becomes the Dark Passenger, or rather, he lets the Dark Passenger drive. He is a serial killer. His prey of choice? Other killers. Brilliant!! The reason it’s not a little higher than number 5 (besides the fact that the top 4 are absolutely amazing) is that book 3 kinda… well… sucks ūüė¶ The first 2 were absolutely amazing, but then book 3 goes ahead and spins the whole story from a supernatural angle and that, to me, was the very wrong direction to take this story. Don’t get me wrong, I love supernatural stuff (which I think most of my readers (all 104 of you!! Hi!!) know by now, hehe). But Dexter, in his first 2 books, gave absolutely no indication that he was anything other than human. And for the supernatural element to be introduced out of the blue in the third book of the series, well, I didn’t think it was a good idea. I guess Lindsay must have gotten a lot of grief after that one, because in the next two books, while he still talks about his Dark Passenger, it goes back to the way it was in the first two books, no weird demon mumbo-jumbo. There are 8 books in the series, and the author has said that this is it for Dexter. This was also (coincidentally? Who knows) Dexter’s last season on TV. I’ve read the first 5 books, and am looking forward to finishing the series (although I’m sad that there will be no more coming), and I’ve watched 7 and a half seasons of Dexter, still need to watch the last few episodes of number 8. Oh, one small word of warning. The prose is very purple, and the author has a slightly twisted sense of humour. I love it, but I thought I should give a heads up, for those that don’t like that writing style.

  1. Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004)
  2. Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005)
  3. Dexter in the Dark (2007)
  4. Dexter by Design (2009)
  5. Dexter Is Delicious (2010)
  6. Double Dexter (2011)
  7. Dexter’s Final Cut (2013)
  8. Dexter Is Dead (2015)

 

4 – Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K Hamilton

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When one of your favourite book series is at number 27, and the author seems to have no end in sight yet, you’re bound to end up reading a series that’s run (or running) out of steam. Which is why this series is now at number 4, when it was at number 1 for so long. Trying to condense 24 books into a understandable blurb is hard, but I’ll do my best to keep it short and sweet. Anita is an Animator, which means she raises the dead. She works for a firm that deals in dead raising for legal purposes (family disputes, a lost will, etc), but she’s also a sanctioned Federal Marshall and vampire executioner. When things get supernaturally hairy, the police call in Anita to take the big bad guys down. Slowly, as she moves more and more through the supernatural world, she makes friends, and soon, lovers, and discovers, through them, that she has a lot more power than she’d ever dreamed of. These were my favourite books for a very Anita_Blakelong time. I discovered them not long after high school, and they were completely amazing till about book 12 or 13. That’s when the sex started to get out of hand. I like a good, steamy sex scene as much as the next vampire fan, but when that’s all the books are, with no character development at all, and little to no plot even? No thanks. Hamilton has finally started listening to her fans, though, because the last two novels that I’ve read, Kiss the Dead and Affliction, were concentrating much less on the sex, and more on actual story, and (and this is a big deal, you Anita fans know what I mean) she finally seems to be able to let go of her hangups about sex and just do it already. Seriously, a few of her books were exactly like this: “Oh, I’m horny, need to feed the Ardeur.” *Starts to have sex, stops* “Oh no, I can’t do this again, it’s just wrong.” *After talking for two chapters, finally have the sex* “OMG, what’s happening? What did we do (this time)??” *Some new power was gained by her, or her people. “We’re so strong!! But we have the attitudes of high school drama queens!” *More sex, more complaining about the sex, and more drama, mostly with Asher* And, yup, that was pretty much all that there was to the books. Even the passing of the biggest of the bads, “Mommie Dearest”, I barely saw because it was lost in all the sex and angst. But, like I said, her last two were better, so here’s hoping we see something new soon, instead of just the same old boring porn. And for those who like comic books and graphic novels, Marvel has turned the first three of Hamilton’s books into comics. They’re sold in separate little floppy books (in sheaths, you know, those old-school comics), or you can get them all together bound in a hardcover (which is what I did). Each book made 3 hardcover comics, except the first, which made 2. I’ve got the first two¬† and sometime in the near future I hope to get the third one. I also have the prequel comic, The First Death, which was the story of one of her very first cases with fan-favourite Edward. I don’t know if Marvel is going to keep going with the comics, but I certainly hope so. They’re incredibly well done. Also, Hamilton has mentioned “being in talks” with producers of film and TV for the rights to film, but it seems she’s “been in talks” since the late 90’s. Not sure we’ll ever see Anita up on the big screen. A shame. Done Underworld style, it could be great fun!

  1. Guilty Pleasures (1993)
  2. The Laughing Corpse (1994)
  3. Circus of the Damned (1995)
  4. The Lunatic Cafe (1996)
  5. Bloody Bones (1996)
  6. The Killing Dance (1997)
  7. Burnt Offerings (1998)
  8. Blue Moon (1998)
  9. Obsidian Butterfly (2000)
  10. Narcissus in Chains (2001)
  11. Cerulean Sins (2003)
  12. Incubus Dreams (2004)
  13. Micah (2006)
  14. Danse Macabre (2006)
  15. The Harlequin (2007)
  16. Blood Noir (2008)
  17. Skin Trade (2009)
  18. Flirt (2010)
  19. Bullet (2010)
  20. Hit List (2011)
  21. Beauty (2012)
  22. Kiss the Dead (2012)
  23. Affliction (2013)
  24. Dancing (2013)
  25. Shutdown (2013)
  26. Jason (2014)
  27. Dead Ice (June 9, 2015)
  1. Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death (2007)
  2. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures (2008)
  3. Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse ‚Äď Animator (2009)
  4. Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse ‚Äď Necromancer (2009)
  5. Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse ‚Äď Executioner (2010)
  6. Anita Blake: Circus of The Damned ‚Äď The Charmer (2010)
  7. Anita Blake: Circus of The Damned ‚Äď The Ingenue (2011)
  8. Anita Blake: Circus of the Damned ‚Äď The Scoundrel (Ongoing)

 

3 – Sookie Stackhouse, The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

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Here’s another light fluffy series that’s just so much fun and easy to read. I can easily pick up one of these books and finish it in a single sitting, which I often did after the new book came out. It was the end not only for Dexter this year, but for Sookie as well, her 13th adventure being her last. Not to say that she’s dead (of course I can’t say she isn’t, either, because as of now I’ve yet to read book 13). The story is this: Sookie Stackhouse is a young woman living in a tiny Louisiana town called Bon Temps. She’s a waitress at the local watering hole. Oh, and she’s a telepath. Living in the world has always been difficult for her, since she could hear all the thoughts of people around her, so she’s built up a wall to protect herself, the guise of stupidity. One day, she meets a man who’s thoughts she can’t read, and she becomes excited, following him out the door. Saving his life from a gang of V (vampire blood used as a drug) dealers, their bond is immediate and quick. Here starts Sookie’s story of womanhood and survival and, yes, of course, true-blood-castromance. The show I wish I could say is a good as the books, but it’s really not. Seasons 1, 3, and 4 are good, about half of season 2 is good. But season 5 and the other half of 2 are pure shite. Especially season 5. It was just… ugh… I don’t even know. I didn’t bother continuing the show after that. When the show first started, it seemed as though they were going to try stick to the books, which is why, the author is quoted as saying, that she sold the rights to HBO in the first place, that their vision was the closest to hers (I bet she regrets that now!) So season 1, pretty good. There were changes, but nothing super dramatic. Lafayette, who was nothing but a bit player in the books, got to live in the show (which I have to admit being a wonderful change, he’s an awesome character), and Jessica doesn’t exist in the books. I guess they wanted more female main characters for the show? I dunno. But it’s not too bad. I hated her at first, while she played the brat, but once she “put on her big girl shoes”, I liked her much more. The rest is pretty similar to the books. Murdered women, murdered Gran, the culprit is Arlene’s fianc√©e. Then season two… oh my god. Everything dealing with the vampires (the stuff that was actually in the books) was good, but everything else… that creepy (and not in a good way) demon chick and the black-eyed orgies and stuff… ugh. I’ve never seen anything so ridiculous (until I got to season 5, that is). But anyways, I won’t keep going on about everything they’ve changed or added in that series, or I’m going to be here all night. All I’ll add is that they shouldn’t be allowed to write “Based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris” in the opening credits any more, because season 5? Yeah, there was not one single thing in that season that happened in the books. They should have to write “Based on characters created by Charlaine Harris”, or however it is they say it when they take a character, but not the authors own stories.

  1. Dead Until Dark (2001)
  2. Living Dead in Dallas (2002)
  3. Club Dead (2003)
  4. Dead to the World (2004)
  5. Dead as a Doornail (2005)
  6. Definitely Dead (2006)
  7. All Together Dead (2007)
  8. From Dead to Worse (2008)
  9. Dead and Gone (2009)
  10. Dead in the Family (2010)
  11. Dead Reckoning (2011)
  12. Deadlocked (2012)
  13. Dead Ever After (2013)

 

2 – Special Agent Pendergast by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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I honestly don’t remember if I saw the film The Relic first, or if I read the book. But what I can tell you is that I didn’t remember about one before I read/saw the other, which is a very, very good thing. Because these two could not have been more different. The biggest case in point being the fact that Pendergast, the heart of the book series, isn’t theReliceven in the film. But enough about that. I’ll just say that it’s a good, fun creature feature, and if you’ve read the book, put it out of your mind and you’ll be fine. As for the rest of the series, it’s amazing. The only book that I enjoyed a little less was the second one, Reliquary, the others I all but inhaled after buying them. The stories revolve a very peculiar FBI agent named Aloysius Pendergast. He’s absolutely brilliant at detecting things others cannot, and his knowledge about, well, everything really, is unmatched. He’s a modern day Sherlock Holmes, if you will, minus the deerstalker and cocaine. The stories are all based in scientific fact, but let’s say they really stretch that limit. The things that are “possible” in the books are very much akin to the fact that light speed travel could be “possible”. Possible, but not very likely, especially not with our current technology. Each book has it’s own evil-doer, but three books follow the other Pendergast, Diogenes. And he’s Moriarty to Pendergast’s Sherlock. These books are so good, but again, with everything on my list to read, I’ve fallen a bit behind. I’ve read 9 out of 13 books. And (I just found out, right this second on Wikipedia) that the next three books I have to read are another trilogy inside the series, this one about Pendergast’s wife, Helen. I just got it on audiobook, too, if I’m not mistaken. I’m looking forward to reading it now, more, since I’m writing about it. These books are just brilliant, very entertaining. If you like detective stories mixed with a little horror, this is definitely for you, and I’d highly recommend it. Hell, I’ll recommend it even if you don’t like horror. The books are good enough that I think even non-horror-lovers will enjoy them.

 

1 – A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

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This series, which now occupies the number one spot and is one of my very favourite book sets ever, I came upon as a complete accident. I had never heard of the books before, and this was before the show. I’d never¬† even heard of the author before. So one night, around 4am or so, I was visiting with my husband at his parents. As usual, I couldn’t sleep, but being away from home, I had nothing really to do, so I hunted around for something to read. My eyes set upon A Game of Thrones, but at that point I wasn’t interested. I’d asked my husband about it and he said something like “kinda like Lord of the Rings, with mostly humans and less magic”. Well that description got a big old “meh” from me, and I was uninterested. But, after rummaging around some more, there was nothing else. So with a resigned sigh, ice and fireI took the book and began to read. My mind, as you can probably tell, was blown, right from chapter one. The writing is so good, the characters are so real, you could literally almost see them coming to life on the page. I read it, and the following four, and am now impatiently awaiting book six, which, as of yet, doesn’t have a release date. Martin likes to keep his fans waiting I’ve heard. Books 3 and 4 are 5 years apart; books 4 and 5, 6 years. That’s an insane amount of time to keep fans waiting. It’s a testament to how good the books are that the fans haven’t just given up on him. There’s also the fact that we’ve now got a show to keep ourselves occupied, if only for a while. When I first heard that they were doing a show, I was super excited. I had read the first three books by that time, and had fallen deep in love with the world and was happy to see it was going to get filmed. My happiness faded once I heard who had bought the rights: HBO. After what they did to another of my favourite series (True Blood), I was scared that they’d put these books through the blender, too. But thankfully for me, and everyone else who loves the books, HBO has been doing a pretty damn good job of sticking to the story. There’s changes, of course, more sex (this is HBO, after all), and quite a bit of the “boring” descriptive stuff is cut out, but that’s only natural when you have to condense a book so big. There’s a thing or two they changed that I’m kinda hmm-ing about, as to how they’re going to fix it when that story line comes back later, but nothing overly dramatic. Season 5 of the show just started this month, I can’t wait! As for book 6? I guess we all just have to wait and see.

 

And I’m done! Phew!! Not sure why, but this post took me 3 days to complete. I had my layout all done, I knew approximately what I wanted to say, I just couldn’t seem to get it out. Or I’d zone out, just stare blankly at the screen. I hope you enjoy this, cause it almost did me in! But tonight I persevered! This laptop won’t be getting the best of me! Mwahahahaha!!! *ahem* Ok, I’m done…

M.

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Top 15 Onscreen Vampires

Before I do any big list-like post, I always sit and jot down in my notebook the things (in this case, vampires) that will be in the list, and what order they’ll be in, if any. And then I go Google hunting for the pictures that will be in the post, and do the editing, if needed. This step (especially for edited pictures, like there’ll be in this post) is long, so I’ll often do the post itself on another day. So anyways, I got my notebook and started to write the names of my favourite movie and tv vampires. Once I was done, I counted and groaned. 18. This was supposed to be a top 10 list, not top 18! And I’m a little OCD about certain things, so I can’t have a top 18. I just can’t. So I had three choices. Cut 8 for a top 10, cut 3 for a top 15, or add two for a top 20. There was no way I was going to be able to choose 8 characters to delete, and top 20 would just take much too long to do, so I decided to do a top 15. Since there’s no need for an explanation for what this post is about, let’s get right to it. Oh, and there’s no order except for the order they’re in in my pictures folder, so, alphabetical. Also, spoiler alert! Onwards!!

 

Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel

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“I wanna help because I don’t think people should suffer as they do. Because, if there’s no bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world”

Played by: David Boreanaz
Real name: Liam (unknown last name)
Born in: Ireland
Age when introduced: 242
Scary or sexy: Both! He’s gorgeous as a man, but his vampire face is demonic.
Good or evil: Good. Though he becomes evil in Buffy‘s season 2 after loosing his soul (and then again in a few episodes of Angel), he always gets it back.
Powers: Extra strength and stamina, awesome fighting skills, fast healing, smoldering bedroom eyes (what? It’s a power!)
Effects of sunlight: Angel go poof
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, fire, decapitation, sunlight
Alive at the end?: Yes (I’m not counting the comics, but even if I were, he’s still alive as of the last one I read.)
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries

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“I like this. You… walking on egg shells around me because you think I’m going to explode. It’s very suspensable. Is Elena worried too? I bet I’m your every conversation.”

Played by: Ian Somerhalder
Real name: Damon Salvatore
Born in: Mystic Falls, a fictional town in Virginia
Age when introduced: 169
Scary or sexy: Sexy. So very sexy. His vampire face is slightly creepy (black demon eyes and dark veins under the eyes), but not enough to make him ugly.
Good or evil: Both. When we first meet him, he’s definitely evil and has no qualms about killing people. But the longer he stays with his brother Stefan and the girl they both love, Elena, he slowly becomes good. He’s such a great, complicated character.
Powers: Extra strength and stamina, fast healing, mind control (glamour), super speed, enhanced senses
Effects of sunlight: He has a ring that allows him to go out into the sun, but if he didn’t have it on, he would burn.
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, fire, decapitation, sunlight, incredibly severe trauma (if there’s no blood around to help them heal)
Alive at the end?: Unknown, not only because the show is still on, so we won’t know the answer till the end of the series, but also because I’m STILL in season 2. I know, I know, but I have soooo much to watch! Waaaaah!
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

David Van Etten, The Lost Boys / Lost Boys: The Tribe

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“Now you know what we are, now you know what you are. You’ll never grow old, Michael, and you’ll never die. But you must feed!”

Played by: Keifer Sutherland (The Lost Boys), Tom Savini (Lost Boys: The Tribe)
Real name: David Van Etten
Born in: unknown
Age when introduced: unknown, but at least 100, since he remembers stuff from the early 1900’s
Scary or sexy: Sexy. His vampire face is the same as his human face, just with fangs and red and yellow eyes.
Good or evil: Evil
Powers: Flight, slight mind control, super strength
Effects of sunlight: David go bbq
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight, being completely submersed in holy water
Alive at the end?: No. Although he’s apparently in the sequel (made 20 years later), so I guess that means he somehow survived? I dunno, I haven’t seen it. It looks like a giant turd. But I figured I might be called out if I ignored it, so here it is :-p
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: Michael impaled him on a pair of long, sharp antlers.

 

Deacon Frost, Blade

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“Maybe it’s time we forgot about discretion. We should be ruling the humans, not running around making back ally treaties with them. For fucks sake, these people are our food, not our allies.”

Played by: Stephen Dorff
Real name: Deacon Frost
Born in: Germany (according to the comics, it’s not mentioned in the film)
Age when introduced: unknown
Scary or sexy: Sexy
Good or evil: Evil
Powers: Super strength, fast healing, able to regrow severed body parts (except the head)
Effects of sunlight: Deacon go bbq (but he can go out for a while in a ridiculous amount of sun block)
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight, EDTA injections, decapitation
Alive at the end?: No
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: Blade injected him multiple times with the EDTA and he ballooned out and exploded. Yum.

 

Dracula, various films (read various as “a crap ton of”)

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“You cannot imagine what I’ve had to endure. I have borne the very wrath of God, chosen to suffer like no man before.”

Played by: A legion of actors, including Gary Oldman, Bela Lugosi, Gerard Butler, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Christopher Lee, Rudolf Martin, Frank Langella, and Richard Roxburgh
Real name: Various, including Vlad Tepes, Count Dracula, and Judas Iscariot
Born in: Various
Age when introduced: Various
Scary or sexy: He’s been both more times than is countable, sometimes in the same film even.
Good or evil: Usually evil, but he’s been good (or at least not completely evil) a few times.
Powers: Various, depending on the film, including mind control, telepathy, the ability to transform into animals (most commonly wolves and/or bats), power over the weather and flight.
Effects of sunlight: Ranging from nothing to being burned to a crisp, depending on the movie.
Ways he can die: Stake through the heart, decapitation, sunlight, fire
Alive at the end?: Almost never, and yet, since he keeps coming back, almost always.
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: Various, but often by staking and decapitation or sunlight. Killed often by Van Helsing.

 

Eric Northman, True Blood

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“Your blood tastes like freedom, Sookie. Like sunshine in a pretty blond bottle. You may not know it yet, but that’s what vampires smell when they smell you.”

Played by: Alexander Skarsgård
Real name: Eric the Norseman
Born in:¬†It’s never said exactly where he’s from, but he was a Viking and speaks Swedish, so I’m going to assume he comes from there.
Age when introduced:¬†The exact number is never said, but he’s over 1000 years old.
Scary or sexy:¬†Sexy. Very, very sexy (even though I’m pissed that they cut his hair. He’s a Viking for fucks sake, and hadn’t cut his hair in over 1000 years. Why would he start now??)
Good or evil:¬†Ambiguous. He’s obviously killed a lot of people in his time, and yet it’s impossible to think of him as a villain.
Powers: Mind control (glamouring), super speed, super strength, fast healing (almost instantaneous if he drinks blood)
Effects of sunlight: Eric go bbq
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight
Alive at the end?: As of the last episode I saw (last of season 5), yes.
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Henry Fitzroy, Blood Ties

Henry Fitzroy

“When you turn, you don’t see people anymore. You see prey. I spent a long time learning to control my impulses. But I’m not human, Vicki. And every once in a while, somebody’s gotta die.”

Played by: Kyle Schmid
Real name: Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset
Born in: England
Age when introduced: 487
Scary or sexy: Sexy
Good or evil:¬†Good. He doesn’t need to kill to feed, so he (usually) doesn’t.
Powers: Mind control (glamour), super speed, super strength, fast healing
Effects of sunlight: Henry go bbq
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight, severe blood loss
Alive at the end?: Yes
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Jasper Hale, The Twilight Saga

Jasper Hale

“I vote yes. It would be nice not to want to kill you all the time.”

Played by: Jackson Rathbone
Real name: Jasper Whitlock
Born in: Texas
Age when introduced: 145
Scary or sexy: Sexy
Good or evil:¬†Good. He started out bad, but once he was “rescued” by Alice, he became good. Jasper is easily the most interesting character in Twilight, his story would have made for much better films. Too bad he became such a tiny part of the movies.
Powers:¬† super speed, super strength, mood control (which has to be the coolest power ever when you really think about it. No matter who you’re up against, no matter what their power is, all he has to do is change their mood and make them happy, or sorry, or forgetful, or anything, really. Too bad they didn’t exploit it).
Effects of sunlight: No adverse effects, but their skin shines like diamonds in the direct sunlight.
Ways he can die: Decapitation, fire
Alive at the end?: Yes
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Jerry Dandridge, Fright Night (1985 & 2011)

Jerry Dandridge

“You don’t have to be afraid of me. I know what it’s like being different. Only they won’t pick on you anymore… or beat you up. I’ll see to that. All you have to do is take my hand.”

Played by: Chris Sarandon (1985), Colin Farrell (2011)
Real name: Jerry Dandridge
Born in: unknown
Age when introduced: unknown
Scary or sexy:¬†Both. In man form he’s gorgeous, but his vampire face is hideous.
Good or evil: Evil
Powers: Hypnotic eyes, mind control, ability to turn to a huge bat or wolf, flight, super strength
Effects of sunlight: Jerry go bbq
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight
Alive at the end?: No
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: After a tense battle between him, Charley and Peter Vincent, Charley is finally able to corner him and the pair break the blacked out windows until Jerry fries in the sun.

 

Lestat de Lioncourt, Interview with the Vampire / Queen of the Damned

Lestat de Lioncourt

“Evil is a point of view. God kills indiscriminately. And so shall we.”

Played by: Tom Cruise (Interview with the Vampire), Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned)
Real name: Lestat de Lioncourt
Born in: France
Age when introduced: 203
Scary or sexy:¬†Sexy (well, Stuart Townsend’s Lestat was sexy, Tom Cruise’s was… well… Tom Cruise. He did an awesome job with the role, but I personally don’t find him sexy).
Good or evil: Ambiguous. He kills to feed, but he often kills evil-doers (“Evildoers are easier, and they taste better“)
Powers: Flight, telepathy, super strength, super speed
Effects of sunlight: Sunlight would kill him until he drank Akasha’s blood in Queen of the Damned, and her ancient blood allowed him to go out in the sun.
Ways he can die: Decapitation, sunlight, fire
Alive at the end?: Yes
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Nicolas Knight, Forever Knight

Nicolas Knight

“I learned that I have to live with the choice I made 800 years ago, and that forgiveness is not something you ask for, it’s something that you earn. Here, among the living.”

Played by: Geraint Wyn Davies
Real name: Nicolas de Brabant
Born in: France
Age when introduced: 802
Scary or sexy: Sexy
Good or evil: Trying really hard to be good, but…
Powers: Infra-red vision, enhanced hearing, super strength, super speed, flight, fast healing, immunity to cold
Effects of sunlight: Nicolas go bbq
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight, fire, decapitation
Alive at the end?: No
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: Staked in the heart by LaCroix

 

Radu Vladislas, Subspecies series

Radu

“Your blood grows bitter. Soon, you’ll be mine completely.”

Played by: Anders Hove
Real name: Radu Vladislas
Born in: Romania
Age when introduced:¬†Unknown, but he’s described as being “centuries old”.
Scary or sexy: Scary
Good or evil: Evil
Powers: Hypnotism, his blood can create mini-demons (the Subspecies)
Effects of sunlight: Radu go bbq
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, sunlight, fire, decapitation
Alive at the end?:¬†No. He actually “dies” at the end of each film, but is always found to be (barely) alive at the beginning of the next chapter. The fourth and final film sees him dead too, but since there are no more, I guess we’re meant to believe that he’s really gone this time.
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?:¬†He’s decapitated by Michelle and Ana, and his head is left out in the sun to burn.

 

Selene, Underworld series

Selene

“Lycans are allergic to silver. We have to get the bullets out quickly, or they end up dying on us during questioning.”
“What happens to them afterward?”
“We put the bullets back in.”

Played by: Kate Beckinsale
Real name: Selene (unknown last name)
Born in: Hungary
Age when introduced: 620
Scary or sexy: Sexy
Good or evil:¬†Ambiguous. It’s never really said where the vampires get their blood from, if they feed from humans or not. She also blindly follows her masters orders, which means she’s killed many Lycans that may have been innocent of wrong doing.
Powers: Super speed, strength, stamina and agility, weapon mastery, able to jump crazy distances and fall from great heights without being hurt
Effects of sunlight:¬†Selene go bbq (until the last film, apparently, but I haven’t seen that one yet)
Ways she can die: Sunlight, decapitation
Alive at the end?:¬†After the first two films (the only ones I’ve seen), yes.
If not, how did she bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Severen, Near Dark

Severen

“Howdy. I’m gonna separate your head from your shoulders. Hope you don’t mind none.”

Played by: Bill Paxton
Real name: Severen (last name unknown)
Born in: unknown
Age when introduced: unknown
Scary or sexy: Sexy
Good or evil: Evil
Powers: None
Effects of sunlight: Severen go bbq
Ways he can die: Sunlight, fire
Alive at the end?: No
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?:¬†Caleb runs him over with his truck, then when that fails and Severen has crawled up onto the truck’s hood, Caleb jackknifes the truck and jumps out to safety just as the truck, and Severen, gets blown up.

 

Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel

Spike

“Yeah, I did a couple o’ Slayers in my time. I don’t like to brag.¬†[laughs]¬†Who am I kidding? I love to brag!”

Played by: James Marsters
Real name: William
Born in: London
Age when introduced: 145
Scary or sexy: Both. His human face is super hot, but his vampire face is demonic.
Good or evil: Both. He starts out evil, but through loving Buffy and eventually getting his soul back, he becomes a good man.
Powers: Super strength, fast healing, awesome fighting skills
Effects of sunlight: Spike go poof
Ways he can die: Stake in the heart, decapitation, sunlight, fire
Alive at the end?: Yes (though he died at the end of Buffy, he was resurrected in season 5 of Angel through the amulet he wore when he died).
If not, how did he bite it, and by whom?: N/A

 

Honourable mentions:
Zachary Simms (Love Bites)
Barnabus Collins (Dark Shadows)
Jeremy Cappello (My Best Friend is a Vampire)
Goodie (Vamps)
Jessica (True Blood)
Drusilla (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Luther (Supernatural)

And that’s my list! Agree? Disagree? Who are your favourite fanged friends? Let me know! ūüôā

M.