Vampires in The Twilight Saga : The Reinvention and Humanization of the Vampire Myth
Abstract: This paper aims to make a comparison and investigation between three popular vampire fictions, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and Stephanie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga in order to show a development of the vampire. During the investigation it has become clear that the vampire over a decade has become an object that writers continue to reinvent and humanize. Concepts of Self and Other are thus important terms in this paper in the attempt to analyze the reinvention and humanization of the vampire myth. In Stoker’s Dracula, the vampire will be discussed from an Eastern and Western perspective where hence the vampire figures as an Oriental demon that in every way is the opposite from the British Empire. Rice’s novel, Interview of the Vampire shows a seemingly more humanized vampire that is less Evil, whilst Meyer’s The Twilight Saga demonstrates a vampire that is entirely human, however, with “special” abilities.
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