7 Most Electrifying Vampire Love Stories Of All Time

There’s a certain charm to the classic vampire love story that has seen this particular niche go from strength to strength in popular culture, with some truly outstanding works of fiction and cinema that have come to break our hearts and place a feeling of utter despair in the very pit of our stomachs. And while Twilight may have infiltrated the mainstream (and then some) with its smashing success, there are other examples of truly exceptional vampire love stories that deserve to be better known by anyone who really gets into the dynamics of true love between the living and those who cannot die.

Here are 7 outstanding examples of cinema and fiction when it comes to vampire romance:

1. Dracula (1979)

While the best known iteration of this classic tale remains Bram Stoker’s classic text, the 1979 movie is an exceptional piece of cinema that portrays Frank Langella as a sympathetic and compassionate Dracula who falls in love with Lucy and is someone who is almost as equally affected by his condition as his victims are. Almost.

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2. Lost Souls – Poppy Z. Brite

Lost Souls is a 1992 novel by Poppy Z. Brite that tells the tense story of two band members whose deep friendship turns takes a romantic turn. The gripping storytelling of intense longing, sexual tension and love gone awry makes this a must read. The illustrations also add a whole new element to the story.

3. Thirst (2009)

A medical test gone wrong turns San-hyeon into a vampire, and his lust for his childhood friend’s beautiful wife begins to grow into obsession. She, on the other hand, is keen to escape the dreary life she currently leads, but the path offered by San-hyeon is a dark and dreary one indeed.

4. Let The Right One In (2008)

Let The Right One In is a dark and disturbing coming-of-age tale, but that’s exactly where its massive appeal lies. Oskar, a young boy, meets his seemingly delicate young neighbour, but soon begins to realize that she’s isn’t quite like the rest. Can Oskar avoid the clutches of a relationship that holds nothing but despair for him?

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5. Near Dark (1987)

If you’re looking for the perfect mix of vampires, femme fatales, fatal attractions and sizzling chemistry, Near Dark is the film you want to see – but there’s a twist. This is one of the few vampire stories that offer hope of salvation and a fresh beginning, but how does one overcome their thirst for human blood?

6. Interview With The Vampire – Anne Rice

Louis meets the ethereal Lestat, and is immediately taken in by her elegant charm and angelic beauty. Fate has other plans for him, though, as Lestat turns him into a vampire, and he must now come to terms with immortality, plagued by a burning desire for human blood. The relationship between Lestat and Louis with its complex and often ugly dynamic hinges on a reverence for life and a sinking feeling that life is now meaningless.

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7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

To round things off, we have a classic TV show, one that we could not possibly leave out. Buffy has the power to slay vampires, but much of her time revolves around a relationship with a “reformed” vampire, Angel. Their complex, tormented, passionate, lustful, and poisonous relationship ultimately takes a bizarre twist….

So there you have it folks, if you enjoy what Twilight brings to the table, you should definitely check out some, if not all, of the 7 recommendations above, and do let us know if we missed a classic or favourite that deserves to be on the list.