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  • Titill er á ensku Blood, Coffins and Transformation: The Image of Dracula in Children´s Vampire Fiction
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    This essay examines the role of children´s literature, especially in fantasy and fiction. Studies have shown that literature has the important job to educate and entertain. The essay explains how personal development of a child is affected with the help of fantasy and fiction and impacts the emotional, social and psychological development on the road to adulthood. The essay focuses on the genre that is vampire fiction meant for children. It makes the point of showing the connection between Bram Stoker´s Dracula and children´s vampire fiction and points out the elements, needed in a work of fiction to make the concept of the vampire child friendly, since vampires are originally meant to be a source of horror. This is achieved with the help of a combination of frightful scenes and humor, and a positive ending. There are three forms of storytelling used as a reference in this essay, The Little Vampire (1973), which is a book, Little Vampire Goes to School (1999) a picture book and finally the film Hotel Transylvania (2012). Finally the essay examines the potential aim of such stories, making the emphasis on how the emotion of fear in children´s fiction can help the reader or viewer overcome their own personal fears. By using these works of fiction, the essay hopes to have identified the elements that are derived from Bram Stoker´s Dracula and Bela Lugosi´s portrayal in the film Dracula in 1931, by examining closely the elements that appear both in Stoker´s Dracula and in the vampire stories chosen, such as the image of vampires in children´s vampire fiction, coffins, how blood is discussed, garlic and sunlight, as well as the ability to transform. This essay is an attempt to point out how they appear in the books and the film and why.

  • 10.5.2016

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