Are You A Fan Of The Supernatural? Do You Believe In Things

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Are you a fan of the supernatural? Do you believe in things such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, or zombies? Perhaps you simply like to watch those types of things. Whatever your standpoint is, supernatural beings are more popular than ever. Vampires, in particular, have fascinated audiences of all ages for decades. While the term “vampire” is more recent, people have been telling stories of blood-sucking demons since ancient times. Many of these stories tell of people who used to consume blood for magical reasons. “It was used as a part of witchcraft, as a symbolic connection of the powers of life and death, as a religious practice, or as a form of offering to the gods” (Klimczak). Early films such as Nosferatu portrayed vampires as…show more content…
Vlad III would become an inspiration for the original Dracula. Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula in 1897, and it became the prototype, not only for Dracula, but for all vampires to follow. Stoker described Count Dracula as having a bushy mustache, a large nose, and hair that protruded in all directions. This Dracula seemed to resemble today’s werewolves rather than today’s vampires, seeing as he also had pointy ears and hair in the palms of his hands. Although no actual written proof exists, it is theorized that Bram Stoker’s Dracula was modeled after Walt Whitman, who was a personal hero of Stoker’s (Nuzum). While vampires today look vastly different, Stoker’s Dracula is still considered a classic and a huge influence on the popularity of vampires. In the novel, Dracula ventured to England from his home in Transylvania so that he could find new victims and bring more people into the world of the undead. He had superhuman strength, didn’t see his reflection in the mirror, and used his charm to unleash his reign of terror. His strength and other supernatural qualities, like being able to defy gravity or use telepathic skills, are believed to have started by his interactions with the devil. Bram Stoker created a new genre, which is something that is very difficult to do. He created a new archetype and a whole new supernatural being for people to fear. Audiences love a good hero, but they also love a good villain, or even a

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