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The Most Famous Vampire: Dracula Written By Bram Stoker

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The vampire is probably the only creature of which this many different myths have been written. However, there is not a clear source that states where these myths have originated from. Over the years many myths have disappeared but the ones that are still discussed today often originated in early Romania, Serbia and Hungary. One of the biggest myths is the one where someone who has been bitten by a vampire becomes a vampire themselves. However there are some variations to this myth, some say that if a pregnant woman only looks at a vampire she would give birth to a vampire or if your baby was born with the amniotic sac still intact the mother were to become a vampire when she was about to ...view middle of the document...

(John Polidori's The Vampyre: Summary, Analysis&Quiz, n.d.). Even though many books have been written about Vampires since 1897 none of them became as popular as Twilight, written by Stephanie Meyer. Twilight is about the hard decision a young mortal girl has to make about loving a werewolf or vampire. The Twilight books resulted in many wanting to either become a vampire, marry a vampire or make television series about vampires. How can a mythical creature evolve from a ferocious villain to a wanted lover in less than two hundred years? I will be looking at the different vampire myths focussing on their eating habits, their sleeping habits, their reaction to (sun)light and their daily profession and how these myths are described in Dracula, The Vampyre and Twilight.
When we think of vampires the first thing that comes to mind is a vampire’s eating habit, drinking human blood. However, there is a great diversity in how the different vampires obtain their meal. Polidori’s vampire, Lord Ruthven, only has to eat once a year but not just any person’s blood will do. “the living vampire (…), forced every year, by feeding upon the life of a lovely female to prolong his existence for the ensuing months (…)” (The Vampyre, 1819). Apart from this one kill each year the vampire does not constantly have the urge to eat not even when he smells blood unlike Stoker’s vampire, Count Dracula. At a certain moment in the story one of the characters injures her wrists and Count Dracula’s reaction to this is slightly unusual. “He was lying on his belly on the floor licking up like a dog, the blood which had fallen from my wounded wrist. (…) simply repeating over and over again: ‘The blood is the life! The blood is the life!’” (Dracula, page 118, 1897). It almost seems as if he is addicted to blood and cannot control himself as soon as he is exposed to it. This also seems to be the case with some of the vampires in Twilight only the main vampire, Edward Cullen, and his family have the ability to regulate these needs. It is not because they are the superior vampires but because they have a big conscience. ““Tell me why you hunt animals instead of people,” I suggested, my voice still tinged with desperation. (…) “I don’t want to be a monster.”” (Twilight, page 162, 2005). This shows that over the course of time authors tried to humanize their vampires. However, vampires still have more characteristics that frighten the public, like their sleeping habits.
According to the myths vampires either rest by sleeping in a grave or rest by sleeping in a coffin. In fact, Count Dracula did not sleep in a grave but he had multiple coffins to choose from. “There, in one of the great boxes, of which there were fifty in all, on a pile of newly dug earth, lay the Count.” (Dracula, page 56, 1897). This does not make a vampire sound like the ultimate partner since sharing a coffin does not appear to be romantic. Myer thought this through and came up with an interesting solution....

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