The Mystery Of Vampire Legend

1350 Words Apr 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Vampire legend is one that has frightened and fascinated people across the world for generations. The concept of a being that lurks through the night pouncing on unknowing suspects searching for blood is just as popular today as it was centuries ago. While cultures all across the globe have different variations on the vampire folklore, they all share one thing in common, the need for blood. Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” was originally published in 1897 and from then on, the main character set the paradigm for the fictional vampires to follow. Vampire fiction continues progressing and bewitching readers despite the stories being taken from an expansive folkloric and literary past. A complicated kind of figure and possibly a portrayal of “both erotic anxiety and corrupt desire, the literary vampire is one of the most powerful archetypes bequeathed to us from the imagination of the nineteenth century” (Gordon and Hollinger). It seems that as times and cultures change that each “age embraces the vampire it needs” (Gordon and Hollinger). Before the 1970’s, the quintessential vampire was Bram Stoker’s Dracula; the mesmerizing cultured, yet sinister Eastern European Count. Since then, resulting from multiple publications, including Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight, the depiction of a vampire has changed, because of the “ongoing transformations in the broader cultural and political mise-en-scene” (Gordon & Hollinger). It has been mainly through cultural…
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