November 19, 2014
The thought of what a vampire really is has been changing all around world with the advancements in vampire science fiction books, movies, and television shows. Although vampires are considered mythological creatures, they still bring about strong opinions in our worlds society. In the earlier years of our world, vampires were seen as very scary mythological creatures. But, movies, television shows, and literature in the modern world such as The Twilight Series, Vampire Academy, Vampires Suck, and The Vampire Diaries have given vampires a more pristine, easy going appearance. This is different from the furious and creepy form they originally took on in movies and literature such as Dracula, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Lost Boys. The view the world has on vampires is dramatically changing. This shows that while vampires are fantasy creatures, modern day literature and movies have changed the way people think and relate to vampires. Having so many different movies and books related to vampires has changed the way people view vampires all around the world. There are also many definitions as to what a vampire actually is. According to Wikipedia, “a vampire is a mythical being who subsists by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures. In folkloric tales, undead vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighborhoods they inhabited when they were alive” (“Vampire”). There are many similarities and differences between the definition of a vampire throughout different movies and literature. The main similarity that stays consistent is that all vampires includes drink the blood of others in order for the vampire to survive. The differences usually include: if these mystical creatures turn into bats, if they can go out in sunlight, and whether or not they have unnatural “powers”.
The term vampire comes from Romanic roots but it was brought into the English language fairy quickly after originating in Romania. “The word vampire came into use in English in 1732, although vampire myths date back to the baby-killing blood-drinking female demons (Akhkharu) of ancient Sumerian mythology” (Diaz). In the past, the most famous vampire story is known as Bram Stoker’s Dracula. “Much vampire folklore originated in Hungary and the Slavic areas of eastern Europe and western Russia. The most famous of all vampires, Dracula, is associated with the Transylvania region of Romania” (“Vampires”). The Romanian prince, Vlad Tepesm, is who the vampire in Dracula is based off of. He is known in history to display many of the characteristics and abilities in his actual life that Dracula exhibited. Dracula is also a vampire known as a revenant. This is the most commonly known kind of vampire. “These kinds of vampires are human corpses that are said to return from the grave to harm the living; these vampires have Slavic origins only a few hundred years old” (Radford). But other, older versions of the vampire forms were not thought to be human at all but instead supernatural, possibly demonic, entities that did not take human form. These stories depicted vampires as evil, mean creatures that you were not supposed to go anywhere near or you would die. Many people believe that these are how vampires are supposed to be seen and also why vampires are most commonly known during the time of Halloween. One the other hand, movies and literature today have showed vampires as nice and have commonly used vampires in a love story. These books and movies have become very popular and they are commonly seen on the top of the charts for best sellers. Besides the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which aired from 1997 to 2003, vampires were not a major part of the television world. Vampires did not become extremely popular until the creation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. This series includes the best selling young adult...
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