Is there such a thing as a happy vampire?

February 28, 2008

By Jenny B, Digital Content Manager

There’s a great post over at Smart Bitches that (in addition to being snarkily hilarious) asks the question, is it possible to have a happy vampire hero?  I don’t know if I agree that the world of paranormal romance is populated exclusively by angsty, self-loathing, emo-type vampires, but it does seem that a good degree of brooding is a requirement for a lot of the vamp heroes I’ve been reading lately. 

There are some great insights in the comments thread so I encourage you to read that too — then if you feel moved, I’d love to see your thoughts here on whether or not a happy, well-adjusted vampire hero can provide a satisfying HEA!  What do you think? Would you even want to read about a happy vamp?  Or is the brooding part of the sexy mystique?



  1. I don’t think the whole brooding thing is just exclusive for vampires. It seems like every paranormal creature – werewolf, demon, witch, etc – has to be the brooding type. For some reason, the hero can’t be happy with turning furry once a full moon. Then again, if we look at their background, the hero was turned against his will, so he has reasons to be unhappy with his new condition.

    After stating the obvious (*wg*), I think readers love brooding heroes and the heroines who can get them out of that funk. *lol* And we writers simply loooove our brooding heroes, don’t we? *winks*

    However, I’ve read a few stories in which the vampire hero is quite happy about his situation. I think it gives the story a light feel (especially in romantic comedies), and I’ve enjoyed them thoroughly.

    Thanks for pointing out the article, Jenny. *wg*

  2. LOL.. what is a hero without some angst.

    I was thinking that Erin McCarthy’s Vegas Vamps (some not all) aren’t totally angst ridden. Granted this is a very light hearted look at vampires which is why a happy vamp isn’t an oxymoron.

  3. Personally, I’d love to see a vampire happy, self-assured, and thrilled to be immortal unless some slayer or witch gets a hold of him. 🙂 It would twist his character arc on it’s can – the heroine would still shake up his world but in a “can’t live without her” way, something like “Pretty Woman”. And who didn’t love that movie? *g*

  4. Kerrelyn Sparks writes great vampires. Some have come to terms with being a vamp, some LOVE it etc., it depends on the character.

    The same applies to the vampires I write about. It depends on the character and the situation. Variety is the spice of life, but a brooding, sexy vampire is hard to resist. I love the darker series like JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and of course, the Dark-Hunters. Kresley Cole also has some great paranormals. The added element makes it more exciting, adding an extra layer that keeps me turning the pages.

    Tambra Kendall

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