Twilight and History's Coolest Vampires - An RT Guide

Kim Newman explores a century of Vampire Chic.

by Kim Newman | Thursday, Dec. 18 2008

Vampire Chic

You have to be really twisted (keyword: furry) to fancy a werewolf, and no one really thinks the Frankenstein Monster would make a suitable boyfriend -- even the Bride of Frankenstein took one look at his flat head, scars and neck-electrodes and screamed the house down.

But vampires are sexy.

As monsters go, vampires tick all the desirable boxes: own castle with apparently unlimited funds (ever heard of a poor vampire?), wardrobe full of natty threads (black cloaks lined with red silk never go out of fashion), slimline near-anorexic look that comes from an all-liquid diet, eternally youthful appearance to belie that all-night-long party animal lifestyle (watch out for sunrise, though), superior conversational skills (compared with, say, the Mummy or a zombie), glamorously romantic brooding over long-lost love (and you could be the reincarnation), and the ever-popular sado-erotic necking fetish...

With the teenage nice guy vampire of Twilight catching the hearts of 12-16-year-old girls all over the world, it's time to cast a backward glance at style-leading vampire characters over the decades...

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