Since when and why did vampires become so popular (movies, books, TV...)?
Vampires have been prevalent throughout history. The idea of a creature living off the blood of humans with supernatural powers is found in many cultures so it is not surprising that we see them in modern literature. The lore of the vampire as we know it can be traced to Eastern European legend and to Irish author Bram Stoker. Stoker's novel Dracula provides the basis for most of what we would term an archtypical vampire. Stoker's fictional Count dracula was based on Wallachian prince Vlad Tepes who was actually called "Dracula". The term means son of the dragon and was given because his father was called "Dracul" after being accepted into the Order of the Dragon, a Wallachian military order. Vlad was scary enough on his own without supernatural aid. He was known as "Vlad the Impaler" from his method of dispatching his enemies. But, back to the question at hand.
Today's popularity of the vampire in literature and cinema stems from Universal's 1931 production of Dracula which was loosely based on Stoker's novel. Universal wanted to follow the novel exactly but with the Great Depression in full swing could not justify the expense and so based the movie on a stage play of the same name and cast Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The rest is, as they say, history
the rise of popular culture embracing the myth of vampires has occurred over the last 5 years, it started as so many things do on the shelves of the bookstores. as more and more author's found readership in this genre, Anne rice, laurell k Hamilton, Charlene Harris, Sherillyn Kenyon and Stephine Myer just to name a few...
after we have fed our children on harry potter and magic, it seems a natural progression for them to lean towards the secret hidden world of the supernatural, with sexy characters from books hitting the big and small screen .
after all there are only so many movies that can be remade and so often the movie industry gets its ideas from the bookshelves themselves,
having been a fan of this genre for years! its nice to see it have its time in the spot light again. so enjoy it while it lasts
because somewhere along the line they became sexy and "human". but mostly sexy.
by Thomas Byers 5 years ago
I wonder why vampires seem to be such a popular writing subject now. I am really surprised at how many teens and young adults seem to just love anything about vampires.
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Why do you think vampire shows and movies are so popular?
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by HL Keeley 5 years ago
Why are all books being changed into movies? Is this ruining the book or popularizing them?Some movies do justice to the book like "The Lovely Bones," but I feel like EVERY book is being made into a movie these days.
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