Dracula, By Bram Stoker

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As we look at vampires from any given time period we see what people thought was frightening, or maybe we would see what they thought was sexy, or forbidden. Although the novel Dracula, authored by Bram Stoker, is over a century old, it still impacts our culture and societies view on vampires today. Many writers have begun to try and recreate the “vampire” in a new, modern light. For example, in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, the vampire’s image is altered from the attacker to the protector. This is due to the fact that one of the main characters, Carlisle Cullen, turns people who were in life threatening situations into vampires and raise them to do good and to prey on animals rather than humans. When Stoker wrote Dracula, he never expanded on the Count’s true ancestry, except to mention that he comes from the Szekely race and is of noble descent. “Here I am noble. I am boyar, the common people know me, and I am master” (Stoker, Dracula 26). This gives the audience reason to keep reading the book as a result of wanting to find out more about Count Dracula and his mysterious side. In Twilight, Carlisle’s origin is known. “He was born in London, in the sixteen-forties...just before Cromwell’s rule.” (Meyer, Twilight 331). By knowing Carlisle’s ancestry, this makes him seem even less dangerous and more appealing in that of his determination to be morally good. In the Victorian Period, many people wanted a creature that would frighten them, thrill them, and even keep

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