What’s Halloween Without Vampires?

I absolutely love horror movies and books.  In my opinion, you can’t celebrate Halloween without some vampires, be they in the form of trick or treaters, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or 30 Days of Night.  Today’s post will compare two of the most recent popular vampires, Edward Cullen of Twilight and Matthew Clairmont of A Discovery of Witches.  There are more vamps out there – don’t even get me started on the Salvatore brothers (Team Damon!) – but I’ll stick to books.

I read Twilight by mistake.  For those of you laughing, it’s true.  Right before all the hype, I picked up the    book and saw that it was about vampires and werewolves (what’s not to like?) and was hoping to get my son to read it.  Later that day, I read a few pages just to see what it was like – then was finished by the next afternoon.  Yes, I then jumped on the party boat and drank all the Kool-Aid they had to offer.  I read the other three books and have seen all the movies.  In my defense, I’ve been a vampire lover all my life, so I guess you could say I was predisposed.  I’m a huge fan of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire Series, F. Paul Wilson’s Midnight Mass, Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Series, and loved Chris Sarandon in the original Fright Night movie, although Colin Farrell was great considering what he had to work with.

The summer of 2011, I came across Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches and it included witches (obviously), vampires, and daemons – again, what’s not to like?  I won’t go into the whole plot in this post because I’ll probably do another about this amazing series.

Let’s start with age – Edward Cullen is 17 or over 100, depending on how you look at it.  Matthew Clairmont is mid 30’s or several hundred years old.  Both are described as extremely good-looking or even beautiful, Edward with his amber-colored eyes (animal diet and all) and bronze hair, and Matthew the physical opposite, all dark eyes and hair (with a diet of human blood, copious amounts of wine, and some actual food).  But Matthew doesn’t sparkle in the sun or read minds – a definite plus if you ask me.  Both are wealthy and well-educated, having several different degrees.  They’ve both obviously had a hell of a lot of time to accumulate wealth and pursue intellectual interests.  Somewhere in the Twilight series, it’s mentioned that Edward has been to medical school, more than once I believe.  Matthew is a geneticist, among other things, but I’ve always been a sucker for books having to do with genetics or genetic engineering.  Makes for some interesting conversations.  Neither, upon first meeting them, portrays the “typical” vampire traits you might expect – they’re not in full out attack mode or anything – but both are able to call on some superhuman strength and other abilities when needed.  Any girl could appreciate that, I think.

I won’t say which vamp I think is the better choice because I liked both these series for entirely different    reasons and they each have their own niche in the literary world.  Anyway, enjoy your Halloween – preferably with vampires included – but if not them, at least zombies, werewolves, mummies, or witches!

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