Monday, June 14, 2010

Top 5 urban fantasy/paranormal romance male vampires who make Edward Cullen look like a lightweight with fangs

List by Tosca

"I am a big fan of vampires. I've always been obsessed with the genre, and the beautiful romanticism and erotic kind of nature of the immortal being, the undead who lives on human blood."
- Alex O'Loughlin

I'm not a Twilight fan. In fact, most days I'd rather gouge out my own eyeballs with a teaspoon than face the Twilight phenomena. The only thing I thank them for is that they brought youth into the libraries in droves. La Meyer must be commended for that. And the marketing machine behind the Twilight hype - curse you and clever you at one and the same time.

Why don't I like the books? I find that Bella is a little too co-dependent for my tastes. That 'oh I shall die without you boo hoo' theme goes against everything my mother taught me about being an independent female. The pale, pasty heroine waiting to be rescued or waiting to have her life defined by a man is so not my thing. Woman, rescue thyself! As for Edward hmm...I prefer my paranormal male vampires with a little more 'bite' shall we say? And certainly a whole heck more adult interaction. The thought of some little paranormal Peter Pan-boy forever stuck at 17 doesn't appeal in the slightest. In fact, it's downright creepy. So, for grown up females like myself, if you're over Edward and want to see what he could never grow into (big, badass, take charge vampires) then check out my list below.

I'm always happy to include your own suggestions, simply leave them as a comment. You can even be a smartypants and send me a list of your top 5 favourite Twilight quotes or your top 5 favourite scenes from Eclipse. I'd welcome it ;) Enjoy!

Dmitri Vidâme from the Others series: One bite with a stranger by Christine Warren
Regina's friends insist on setting her up a Fantasy Fix to help her get over her cheating ex. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It's time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun. The Vampire Ball in Manhattan's East Village isn't really Dmitri Vidâme's idea of a good time, but as a member of the Council that governs the Others, he has to keep an eye on all the young vamps who prey on the pretenders. After he feasts his eyes on Regina at the bar, he knows that he must have her. But for the first time Dmitri meets a woman who is more than a match. And he may be the fantasy Regina hoped for - until she and her feisty friends discover her sexy new lover's bloodsucking secret.

Tosca's note: Funny sequence of events for how Regina ends up trying to pick up what she believes is a faux-vampire at a bar and ends up with an honest-to-goshness one in the form of Dmitri. Who, incidentally, has a kink for dominance *blinks* Whoa.

Jean-Claude from the Anita Blake series: Guity pleasures: an Anita Blake, vampire hunter novel by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake, the heroine, is a zombie animator, raising the newly dead - and killing them again. It's a tough profession, made tougher by St Louis's vampires who hate and fear her as "The Executioner". Led by the master vampire, Nikolaos, they set out to destroy Anita.

Tosca's note: Oh, Jean-Claude - where to begin? The beautiful Jean-Claude, Master Vampire of St. Louis is over 400 years old and lives in the basement of the Circus of the Damned club. He is extremely seductive, sexually ambiguous, hedonistic and, when needed, absolutely ruthless be it in business or love. Jean-Claude is also an incubus who gains power from sex and lust. Eep. If Edward had had a few more years on him before being made vampire he might well be a straight version of Jean-Claude. Maybe.

Bones from the Night-huntress series: Halfway to the grave by Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Tosca's note: four little words that say it all: Vampire. Bounty. Hunter. Amen ;)

Rhevenge from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series: Lover avenged by J. R. Ward

Rehvenge, a "symphath" vampire, harbours a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in the Brotherhood's war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him.

Tosca's note: as anti-hero vampires go, Rhev certainly makes a great addition to my list. He's a member of the aristocracy, leader of their ruling council, utterly ruthless, does what needs to be done and certainly isn't above a little murder when the situation warrants it.

Vishous from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series: Lover unbound: a novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward

The ruthless and brilliant brother Vishous possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of a human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn't choose takes him into a future that does not include her...

Tosca's note: Vishous is not your everyday vampire (and yes, I'm acutely aware that no vampire is your everyday vampire) - he's into the BDSM scene, isn't averse to a little male/male interaction (as well as the usual male/female), can see the future (although not 'when' so much as 'what'), is scarred thanks to an oddie of a father who tried to castrate him (yikes), seriously tattooed and what he can do with techie toys is probably illegal in quite a few countries. Do I need any more reasons to make him my favourite vampire? Eat your heart out, Edward. Although, you know, not literally.


icanhasblogburger said...

vampire additions i am a massive fan of~

Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series (True Blood)
Carmilla in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 story Carmilla
and for YA readers, Mr Larten Crepsley is one cool dude in Darren Shan's The Saga of Darren Shan

catatonia said...

NICE! If you have 2 more I can add your very own list *hint hint* And oohh I much prefer Vampire Eric over Vampire Bill any day ;) Vampire Bill needs a serious tan.