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Best Vampire

With Halloween rapidly approaching (and the accompianing "oh....candy corn is really not as good as I remembered" moment), there are a ton of monster-related articles out there.

One that caught my eye was from my local newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They are running a poll to determine which pop culture vampire is your favorite.

Here are their nominees:

  • Count Chocula
  • Edward Cullen in "Twilight"
  • Stephen Moyer in "True Blood"
  • Aaliyah in "Queen of The Damned"
  • Bela Lugosi as "Dracula"
  • David B. in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • Sesame Street's "The Count"
  • Brad Pitt in "Interview with the Vampire"
  • Grandpa Munster
  • Wesley Snipes as "Blade"

At the time of my voting, David Boreanez ("Angel") was leading, with Edward Cullen (and the "Twilight" juggenaut) in a close second. Fairly predictable, although I might have thought The Count from "Sesame Street" might have made a bit stronger showing.

However, there are some egregious misses in their list of nominees. Where is Nick Knight (from "Forever Knight")? Where is Selene (as portrayed by Kate Beckinsdale in "Underworld")? Where is our favorite vampire detective from "Moonlight", Mick St. John? I think Alex O'Laughlin would have made a run at winning this poll. I even found articles comparing Mick to Angel - heck, if the popularity wasn't there, no comparison would have been necessary.

But, the biggest miss of all was the exclusion of Spike. Spike, as you may recall, ended up having, argueably, a better redemptive arc than Angel himself. Plus, he went out in a blaze of glory - how can you top that?

So, I voted for Angel...but my real vote is for Spike as my all-time favorite vampire.