Vampires - “Culture’s Sexy Drug of Choice” and “Dangerous Warnings” : A comparison of the depiction of vampires in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Bram Stoker’s Dracula connected to genre, narration, and readership.

University essay from Karlstads universitet/Institutionen för språk, litteratur och interkultur

Abstract: This essay discusses the differences in depiction of vampires between Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight (2005) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). By using examples from the novels, the essay exemplifies how genre, narration, and readership affect the description of vampires within the two novels. The essay bases its discussion on genre on the premise that the vampire genre is in fact a genre to itself, but one with a broad variation. Furthermore, the essay briefly discusses the shift within the vampire genre, where vampires during the last centuries have gone from dangerous and scary to appealing and romantic. A connection is made between the shift within the vampire genre and Anne Rice’s vampire fiction. The discussion on genre shows how the romance, fantasy, and horror genres affect the depiction of vampires.

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