These days, vampires are not so much seen as ugly, terrifying creatures but are actually portrayed more as brooding and angsty. This ca be seen in novels and movies such as those found in the Twilight series. It is thus interesting to wonder whether or not this is a trend that will continue to develop or if vampires will once again take on their initial portrayals. Perhaps they will even emerge to become portrayed differently.
Regardless, if you are a fan of vampires, then you will want to pick up some copies of the most recent and some classic vampire books and movies, as this can be a great way to learn more about them.
The suave, romantic, tragically cursed undead hero that usually comes to mind when people think about vampires today was actually based on a collection of horrific creatures from ancient European folklore, such as the bloodthirsty sidhe (commonly known as banshee), grave robbing ghouls, and other horrors from beyond the grave.
Count Dracula himself got his name and some of his backstory from the 15th century Hungarian prince Vlad II Dracul ("Vlad the Impaler"), infamous for his sadistic cruelty.
Mr. Stoker would probably be very surprised (and a little confused) if he could see how the vampire has evolved over the decades. Judging from modern culture, weâ€™re in the middle of a full-scale vampire epidemic, but no one seems to mind! Vampires appear everywhere: best-selling books, blockbuster movies, â€œgothicâ€ fashion boutiques, and even childrenâ€™s stories and toys. From the first Vampire movie (Nosferatu, 1922) to todayâ€™s Twilight trilogy, the dashing undead Count and his minions have sunk their fangs firmly in our collective imagination.
Vampires were known to be the corpses of dead humans who have come back from the dead to drink the blood of the living. The specific reasons of why these corpses come back from the dead vary as much as the stories themselves. Some folkloric tales suggest that vampires were people who rebelled against the Roman Catholic Church while other stories suggest that corpses turned into vampires if the person was bitten by a vampire before their death.
One of the most famous vampires of all time is Dracula, portrayed in Bram Stoker's famous novel. However many people don't know that Dracula was based on a real life Romania ruler named Vladimir Tepes, or as he is known to the locals, Vlad Dracula. Dracula translates to "son of dracul" or more accurately, "son of the dragon." He was called this because his father was famous for being a knight in the Order of the Dragon.
-Where to hide your coffin.
First off, where exactly is your new â€œbedâ€ going to rest? Even the glittering sort of vampire canâ€™t waltz around in the daylight. Picking a new residence is vital; as you may have caused some carnage upon turning that youâ€™d rather separate yourself from.
-Which blood bank are you investing in?
Not all humans are willing to have the blood sucked from their veins, and, funnily enough, not all vampires are privy to sucking live human blood. Consider where your future next meals are going to come from, and how far youâ€™d be willing to go in order to get it.
Donâ€™t mistake keeping certain company for pack mentality. Who you associate yourself with will determine the course of your long, unending existence, so choose your blood-buddies wisely. Then again, you could always turn on them in a few centuries if need be.
Decide yourself, if youâ€™re lucky enough, who will turn you. This is another determining factor of your future. Who wants to be enslaved for eternity, or live forever with the stigma of being turned by â€œthat guyâ€? Take matters into your own hands. Youâ€™ll be better off for it.
As the day turns to dusk, the vampire slowly begins to wake up, smelling the sweet scent of a meal. In the cloak of darkness, the vampire either walks the streets to find a victim, or the vampire has someone in mind to go visit. If the vampire is not eating, he is usually trying to find someone to turn into a vampire or with others of his kind. Before the sun rises, the vampire goes back to his resting place to wait for the next evening to do everything again.
Since the novel was written, vampires have been an important part of the collective culture. People seem to like the idea of vampires because they seem to be the safest of all nightmares. Although they are sometimes portrayed as frightening, it is the dual nature of the vampire that keeps them popular in people's minds. It is almost impossible to root against the vampire because as evil as they seem when the moon is up, they seem equally vulnerable and lonely whenever the sun rises.
Since the original Dracula was written, the vampire has remained a popular figure in fiction and culture. The vampire has human aspects that are easily relatable.