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  • Titill er á ensku The Vampire in Literature: Old and New
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  • Vampire literature has changed dramatically over the centuries. The old vampire is a blood-thirsty, emotionless monster, this is seen for example in the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. The new vampire, the sympathetic vampire, is more open-ended. The vampire is closer to human, beautiful, a teenager, an American, and could in fact be your next door neighbor. The new vampire does not represent evil, or the devil, but what is suppressed in modern society. Additionally, the vampire is an outsider in society. This creates some of the conflict in modern vampire stories.
    The new vampire seems to owe its origin to Ann Rice's Interview with the Vampire. Others have followed, interestingly mostly female writers, with strong female characters. Furthermore, Ann Rice still has a strong fanbase.
    These two kinds of vampires have two immensely different supporters. The supporters of the old vampire want Dracula to be a monster. They like the monstrosity, having a clear distinction between a good and a bad character, and the victimization. The supporters of the new vampire on the other hand like it to be a beautiful creature that does not want to hurt people, often drinks animal blood, and is trying to fit into society. Often, this is shown by having the vampire as an American teenager.
    This essay explores the differences between vampires in literature, from the older monstrous types to the sympathetic vampires in modern novels.

  • 17.1.2014

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