Vampires in fiction: A history

“The Vampire Diaries” has come to an end, which essentially means that I am officially way too old to be obsessing over vampires. With that being said, I’d like to take a walk down memory lane to pay homage to my favorite fantasy creatures.

My “Fan”pire History

In honor of one of my teenage fave, I have decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to the creatures of the undead. When I was in high school (and obsessed with “Twilight”) I decided to take it upon myself to read all sorts of vampire books in order to immerse myself in the fantasy books that I was obsessed with. Of course, what better way to start that with the original Dracula” by Bram Stoker? After all, the novel is the godfather of all vampire fandoms as we know them today so I figured I would enjoy it. 

Long story short, I picked up the book and barely made it to 50 pages(unless it’s the Princess Diaries, epistolary novels aren’t really my thing). I instead decided to watch the film (Francis Ford Coppola’s rendition is the truest adaptation) and was sorely disappointed. For starters the film isn’t really romantic so much as it is disturbing and the actual character Dracula is not a sexy prince (unless he’s in his young Gary Oldman form). In Dracula, the initial concept of vampirism is not something that is enviable as it is in “Twilight” and “Underworld”, nor is it a love story with relatable protagonists. 

Vampire History

Here’s a TED-Ed video that contains a brief history of vampire folklore