Dracula - This book started it all, well, at least for modern culture and our views on vampirism. Of course the real Count Dracula was a nasty Romanian dude who liked to stick people's heads on spikes outside of his castle. Any real self-respecting vampire would never waste all that nice warm blood. The one thing Bram did get right? Sunlight isn't deadly, just weakens them.
Interview with a Vampire - What can I say? I loved Lestat. He's one of my all-time favorite vampires - at least in the fictional world. Unfortunately, Anne Rice, though a brilliant author, didn't get a few things right. Examples? Stakes do in fact kill vampires. Vampires do not have a reflection.
True Blood - I love Sookie. She's got spunk. Charlaine got some things right on. Like the idea that vampires don't have to kill a person just because they drink some blood. The whole silver thing is bogus though. Werewolves yes. Vampires no.
Twilight - hey I had to go there, right? Ah, Edward. Charming? Yes. But the whole sparkle in the sun thing? Stephanie gets points for creativity, but not realism. And YES vampires do have fangs, though as many other works of fiction point out they are retractable. In Stephanie's own defense though - she probably never met a real vampire. At least not one that revealed his true nature.
There are so many other books right now that I could go into - The Vampire Diaries, The Immortal Instruments Series (though only a small part), Vampire Academy, etc. etc. One things for sure though, vampires have captivated our imagination for some time and though their popularity ebbs and flows, it will continue. Just as they will continue, living in the shadows, just out of sight.
I know you hate to appear trendy and all, but come on, who is your favorite vampire and why? I'm curious. So are the vampires.