Essay on Dracula and the Modern Vampire

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His skin is pale, with slicked-back hair, lips blood red, and his pearly white teeth sharp; he’s Dracula, the original vampire. Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula, which was written in 1897, started the vampire craze that still lasts today. It has sparked numerous novels, movies, and songs across the world through the year, and its popularity is still growing. As times have changed, so have Dracula and his predecessors. Dracula is about Count Dracula meeting this human Jonathan Harker for business and Jonathan along with his friends learn that Count Dracula is a vampire. In the end Count Dracula is killed before he can reach the safety of Transylvania. Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula is the pinnacle of all modern concepts of vampires; however,…show more content…
But there was no reflection of him in the mirror...I saw the cut had bled…When the Count saw my face, his eyes blazed with a sort of demoniac fury, and he suddenly made a grab at my throat…his hand touched the string of beads which held the crucifix…the fury passed. (Stoker 21) Though all vampires have originated from Dracula; they have become more involved, complex, and overall superior because of their abilities. There have been major changes to the vampire character, but nothing too radical all at once like completely changing the vampire characteristics so much that it does not resemble Dracula. Instead, the change has been gradual, to suit people’s demands (Deggans). True Blood, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries are all examples of modern concepts of Dracula. Though they are all vampire stories, the vampires no longer play by the same rules as Count Dracula. Some can walk in daylight with the help of magic, some can control minds, but none can shape shift (Jackson; Deggans). They appear in mirrors, unlike Count Dracula and their eyes change color in most modern vampire novels instead of staying red. Just as Count Dracula they all drink blood staying to the true vampire characteristic. These modern vampires are superior because of their greater abilities compared to their ancestor Dracula. Modern writers have gotten inspiration from Dracula, but they have also had other writers to use, and
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