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I Am Dracula And I Bid You Welcome To My Hubpage

Updated on September 25, 2012
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Welcome,

Glad you have received my invitation. I'm going to confess, I am not Dracula. But don't be too disheartened. Stay a while. I don't bite, I promise. If you are a fan of Dracula, or have read Bram Stoker's novel, you may be interested to know the origins of the legend. It's quite far away from Hollywood. Dracula was created in Yorkshire. Whitby (a small fishing town) in North Yorkshire to be exact.
Bram Stoker was so mesmerized and inspired by the beauty of Whitby and its haunting coastline and gothic abbey, it fuelled the creation of the most popular gothic novel of all time 'Dracula' The novel has inspired many films and tv programmes and vampires have become part of the worlds culture.
Bram Stoker was Irish and born in 1847 and died in 1912. Bram often took his holidays in Whitby. He first came to whitby in the summer of 1890, for a holiday. His friend Gerald du Maurier often spoke to Bram about the beauty of Whitby and had suggested it was a good place to holiday and had charm. Bram soon found that his friend had not exaggerated. Two of the main characters in the book, Lucy and Mina were based on two of Bram's friends, who used to go on holiday to whitby with him. So how did Abraham Stoker think up such a powerful, fierce, dramatic character 'Dracula' the first and original vampire. Well, in April 1890 Bram met a Professor Arminius Vambery, who was very knowledgeable about the folklore and customs of his country, Budapest. After many talks about vampires and the occult, he stirred Brams mind. It is probably this proffessor who stoker depicts in his book as Proffessor Abraham Van Helsing. The proffessor may have mentioned the name Dracula, but it wasn't a vampire that Vamberry was referring to. It was Vlad the impaler, a medieval eastern european prince, who used to impale his enemies on long poles and burn people alive. Fuelled with this tale in mind Bram looked at maps to select faraway places, which he thought were highly unlikely to be visited by tourists. He deliberately chose a part of 'Transylvania' 'in the midst of the Carpathian Mountains, one of the wildest and least know portions of europe' for the location of Castle Dracula.

If you have ever watched the film Bram Stoker's Dracula, you will notice that when Dracula arrives on his ship 'The Demeter' he is passing through a harbour at night (This is Whitby). You can see Whitby Abbey is on top of the cliffes. The film incorrectly references this abbey in which Dracula like to rest as Carfax Abbey in London. In the novel it is actually Whitby Abbey In Yorkshire. Maybe the film makers thought that London was a more popular place to use as a reference (But I thought i would get Yorkshire on the map) Whitby is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Bram Stoker also shared the same sentiments. When speaking about Whitby Bram says 'This is a lovely place' ' Whitby Abbey is a most noble ruin, of immense size and full of beautiful and romantic bits'

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      Rob 4 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

      I'm a big Dracula fan. I've read the origina novel and seen many Drac films. I knew most of this information but it's still interesting to read.

      Nicely done,

      Rob

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      Ninasvoice 4 years ago from England

      Me too Rob,

      Thanks for reading my hub. Dracula is a great classic to read isn't it!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Nina, I found this hub very interesting and didn't want it to end. I didn't know that Bram Stoker was Irish or that Dracula was created in Whitby, Nth Yorkshire. Voted up.

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      Ninasvoice 3 years ago from England

      Thankyou very much for stopping by and reading my hub. Really glad you enjoyed reading it and that you found something out you didn't know. I haven't really been doing much on hubs of late and not many people seem to read many of my hubs. I was actually thinking about leaving hubs, but thanks to your comments I feel fuelled into writing some hubs again. I stopped by your page last night, you have some great hubs there, I will keep reading. Take care

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      H Nina, I am so glad I managed to help fuel your desire to write more hubs and not leave. It's just about getting noticed by the hub community. I was a member for almost three years and only had three hubs and very few comments. Then I decided to write another hub, and visit some others and leave comments...suddenly I was noticed and now I am so inspired by the wonderful comments and the friendly community here. I will read more of your hubs and share with others and I guarantee you will see an increase in your readers. All the best in your writing.

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