This is an interesting question. I didn't read the Anne Rice novels, but i was thinking about trying them. I did see "Queen of the Damned", and Stuart Townsend was hot in it. Who would we all choose, Robert or Stuart?
There's no comparison between Edward and Lestat.
I really did not like the Lestat character. He's like a Leo on meth. He's selfish, shallow, and self-absorbed.
Edward is just the opposite of Lestat. Edward is thoughtful, empathetic, considered, and concerned with what those he loves are experiencing and going through.