Vampires started off as evil, bloodthirsty, monsters and now they are attractive, romantic, heart throbs.
The most famous vampire is Dracula. Dracula was a horror/ love triangle written by Bram Stoker. Dracula was based on many people, one was Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracul (Dracul meaning Demon) who was a great warrior, he killed people and fed off their blood and he also stuck large poles up people’s backs and watched them slide down, he even had a picnic surrounded by the forest of the dead. Another was a woman who got her servants to lure young women and virgins into her castle and kill them so she could bathe in the blood thinking it would make her look younger.
Dracula became famous in movies. One movie, Bram Stokers ‘Dracula’ starred Bill and Ted and Matrix actor Keanu Reeves (Yep Neo was in Dracula). After this, writers and directors tried to find the vampire’s romantic side. One famous story is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is about a teenage vampire slayer Buffy who falls in love with two vampires Angel (Angelus) and then Spike. There is also ‘The Vampire Diaries’ by L.J.Smith which is about a teenage girl (Elena Gilbert) who meets a mysterious new kid (Stefan Salvatore) and falls in love with him, later finding out his dark secret and meeting his evil older brother (Damon Salvatore) who also falls in love with Elena. The TV show of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ includes Elena’s best friend Bonnie who is a witch and a bully named Tyler Lockwood who is a werewolf. Then there is a story which most girls should love and most boys propably hate; ‘Twilight’ written by Stephenie Meyer about Teenager Bella (Isabella) Swan who falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen who sparkles in sunlight and a werewolf named Jacob Black who changes when he chooses.
There are many Vampire movies, TV shows and books, here are some others. Purfect Creature, House of Night, Night World, True Blood, Blood Ties, Vampire Knight, Lost Boys and many more. There have been many changes to vampires over the years, some like garlic, some feed off animals, some can be seen in mirrors, some can have kids, some can come out in sunlight and some are impossible to kill. Originally, people believed vampires existed and they did many things to protect themselves, and now vampires have moved from terrifying nightmares to romantic dreams.
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