Marie Treanor's Top Five Paranormal Heroes +Giveaway
This was fun to think of, because although, like every other reader, I have favourite heroes, I’ve never sat down and made a list of them before J. I have to say there are several more demanding recognition – and rightly so! – but for now, in reverse order (of course!), here are my top five paranormal heroes of all time!
5: Bones (Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series)
Bones is a great vampire hero – he’s strong, ruthless, has some great one-liners and protects his independent heroine. And did I mention he was sexy?
4. Rhys Trahearne (The Iron Duke by Meljean Brooke)
Although he’s more strictly a steampunk hero, I’m counting the Iron Duke in the paranormal category since he does have inhuman abilities. And he is a fabulous character, from his tragic childhood and wild pirate past to his present strong confidence and heroic status. I love his pursuit of Mina and his growth in character as she influences him. Beautifully realized hero!
3. Ian Ducharme (Casa Dracula series by Marta Acosta)
Ian is the bad boy hero personified: unapologetic, wicked, charming, powerful, witty, with unexpected moments of kindness. Plus, even though she doesn’t always see it, he understands heroine Milagro. It’s a beguiling combination, making him, in my opinion, one of the best paranormal heroes in literature!
2. Louis (Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice)
I know the more flamboyant Lestat is probably the favourite of most readers of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Louis, the gentle, self-deprecating, deeply troubled vampire who was the hero of the first book. Louis sometimes seemed weak when he couldn’t accept his immortality, but he hung on to his humanity and grew with the book. He was the first rebel to break vampire silence, and in the first sequel, The Vampire Lestat, his reunion with Lestat was a powerful and moving scene. (Of course, I have added reason to love these books since, in my opinion, the whole vampire romance genre grew out of Interview with the Vampire, if only because it was told from the vampire’s point of view J).
1. Count Dracula (Dracula by Bram Stoker)
He has to be No 1, really! Not quite the first vampire in English literature (the honour belongs to Varney the Vampyre by JohnPolidori), but certainly the most influential. Terrifying, evil and yet even beneath the Victorian language of moral disapproval, Dracula is beguilingly sexy. The film Bram Stoker’s Dracula with Gary Oldman, while sticking to the spirit of the original book, brought out the underlying, understated love story and made it the ultimate, if tragic vampire romance.
Hmm, seem to have a preponderance of vampires on my list! Well, I’m happy with that! What about you?
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