Damon, Elena, and Stefan from "The Vampire Diaries." Photo: The CW

Damon, Elena, and Stefan from “The Vampire Diaries.”
Photo: The CW

Romantic Vampire TV Couples

It’s difficult to pinpoint when my love for vampire romances began. Was it the beautiful star-crossed romance between Angel and Buffy? I can still recall how exciting and shocking it was for me when Buffy first realized the mysterious and gorgeous Angel was actually a vampire… Or did my love for vampire romances begin with the book love story between Stefan/Elena/Damon from L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries? Back then, I still didn’t know who to root for. Finally, I think I just jumped on the Bonnie/Damon bandwagon so everyone could get a happy ending. Years later when the book series returned, I was more than thrilled to see that story continue to play out (it’s still continuing in L.J.’s “fan fiction” for those unaware). Whenever my intrigue into vampires began (blame my grandmother and her tales of the supernatural growing up), once I became hooked, I was hooked for life.

The almost seductive appeal of the vampire figure never ceases to hold me spellbound, as if I too am one of the vampire’s victims, its prey. When it comes to vampire romances, I have a particular weakness for the star-crossed tales bound to make an appearance: humans/vampires (immortal versus mortal), vampire clan versus clan, vampires, and werewolves (or ghosts for that matter), monsters seeking redemption when they fall for someone good, etc. Because of the otherness of a vampire, the possibilities of impossible love are wide open and for me, that is part of why these love stories are so memorable.

While many might wrongly believe vampire romances didn’t start until Buffy or even with the popular Twilight series, the romantic vampire figure goes much farther back even in television. Whether a figure of temptation or monster in search of redemptive love, the vampire figure in fiction has always had this element of attractiveness attached to him or her. Even the first full vampire fiction novel, The Vampyre (a true blue serial killer monster), was based on Lord Byron… Over time, vampires had more redemptive qualities attached to their characterization, leaving their lonely vulnerability susceptible in their desire for love, acceptance, and forgiveness for past deeds. It is the fantastical elements that make these supernatural couples so fascinating to watch. Can monsters get a happily ever after, after all? Do they even deserve it?

A couple of weeks back, Amber put up a list of the Top Vampire Romances in film. Today, I continue with the top TV vampire romances to ever hit the small screen. Here are my top 30:

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