We meet the brooding vampires first. Think about it. Sookie Stackhouse series—Bill. Interview with the Vampire—Louis. Buffy the Vampire Slayer—Angel. Twilight—Edward. Is there a vampire story with the non-brooding vampire introduced first?
Don’t get me wrong. I love vampire stories. I’m not a zombie fan or up for werewolves often, but I’ve read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, all of the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, read Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and I’m watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time. I’m in season two. Other vampire books have made it on the Books Read list. I even took a vampire seminar for heaven’s sake (pun intended).
So the stories where we meet the nasty vampire first? Dracula—Bram Stoker. Carmilla-Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The Vampyre—John Polidori.