I don't have the level of concentration needed to write up a real post today, so I'll pose a short question: what is up with French vampires?
Is it just a matter of a simple equation: vampires=sexy, French=sexy, therefore French vampires=sexy2?
Is it Anne Rice's influence?
I mean, Dracula was Eastern European, which makes sense since that's where most of the popular vampire myths come from. The earliest two fictional vampires--Varney and Lord Ruthven from "The Vampyre"--are English. I can think of some modern English vampires--the ones in Buffy immediately come to mind--but most of the literature seems inundated with French Jean-Claudes and Luciens and DeNoirs (really? you couldn't come up with anything more obviously symbolic?). Even in Forever Knight, where one of the vampires was an ancient Roman, he was effectively French (spoke French, had a French name, etc.).
Just has me wondering why it's so much of a cliche.