Edward Cullen is without question the most iconic movie vampire of the 2000s. Critics cannot argue with that (go ahead, try to argue, critics; I’ll wait). However, many take issue with “The Twilight Saga’s” portrayal of vampires, complaining that it breaks many of the genre’s ”rules.”
While it’s true, does that really matter since it’s all fiction, anyway? And aren’t rules, as they say, meant to be broken? (Imagine if Batman still looked like this.) The answer depends on whom you ask.
In this week’s column, I compare Edward with his blood-sucking predecessors, matching him up with the most iconic film vampire from each era.The breakdown should give Twi-Hards a better understanding of the lineage “Twilight” draws upon… or choices to ignore. Use the information as you see fit: to defend Edward’s character, to criticize it, or to stock in your brain as useless trivia to spout out at your next party. If nothing else, it should give you some new titles to throw in your rental queue.
Count Orlok – The first famous vampire in cinema, this hideous monster haunted dreams in the 1920s. Hideously ugly, he’s like the anti-R.Pattz.
Count Dracula –This Transylvania resident is the template for all subsequent vampires. Only Sherlock Holmes (and possibly Nicolas Cage) is a major character in more movies than Dracula.
Zombie Vampires (ZVs) – While not the technical term, these vampires display many zombie qualities. They’re unintelligent, hunt in packs and are often turned by virus.
Blacula – Created at the height of Blaxploitation, this African-American vampire diversified the genre. Not to be confused with “Vampire in Brooklyn.”
Lesbian Vampires (LVs) – Hinted at in 1936′s “Dracula’s Daughter,” vampiresses are often lesbians. The ’60s sexual revolution brought these ladies to the genre’s forefront.
Lestat de Lioncourt — Anne Rice’s main narrator in the “The Vampire Chronicles,” this dandy is as cruel as he is gorgeous.
Blade – The most iconic vampire killer, he’s half-human/half-vampire and must constantly battle his evil demon urges to battle actual evil demons.
Edward Cullen – Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly heartthrob, he appears to break more established precedents than any other.
Read the rest at Nextmovie.