Vampires in Contemporary Culture
Vampires originally arose when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was expanding in the eighteenth century. They came from Slavic folklore to help with anxiety. Vampires change throughout cultures, but have been used in many top-selling or top-viewed books, movies, and television shows. (Bradshaw, Lindsay) The authors and directors portray these vampires very differently. Have you ever thought about which belief is correct?
Vampires tend to reflect on the values and social structures of the culture. Concepts of gender and sexuality also changed the vampire. (Fountain, Jennifer) For example, Erin Collopy, teacher at Texas Tech University, believed that men and women looked at the vampires differently. The women were attracted to the dark, seductive vampires, although men thought of vampires as monsters and believed that they should be killed. This way of thinking would change of writing about a vampire depending on if the author was male or female. The book The Vampyre, written by John William Poliduri, would most likely be at a different view compared to Vampire Lestat, written by Anne Rice. When the World hit the Romantic era, authors picked up on the concept of a vampire. One of those authors was Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula. Bram proved Erin’s theory about men and women. Dracula was killed by men, but the women who were bitten seemed not to fear him. When Dracula was published, the fascination with vampires was at an all time high. The last big hit of vampires was the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, until the book Twilight was published. (Bradshaw, Lindsay)
A new generation of vampires consists of vampire gentlemen having the same eerie, old-fashioned, bloodsucking ways, but they have more control now. Most movies are made based on a book. For example, Dracula and Twilight both have movies made to follow along with the book. In the book and movie, of Twilight, the Cullen’s(vampires of the story) have no similar...
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