Halloween Countdown Special #1 

Count Dracula TextNo1. Dracula from Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Happy Halloween everyone! Today is the big day of Hallows eve and over the past couple of days I’ve been getting in the festive spirit by counting down the top scary supernatural literary characters you can check them out here; #5, #4, #3 and #2.

Dracula

Bela Lugosi in the original 1931 movie

I  can now reveal the number one pick, is of course Dracula!

Dracula is one of the most popular fictional characters all time. Certainly the vampire has developed over the years from Bram Stoker’s original creation.

Whilst Dracula may not be as terrifying now in the 21st century and is now viewed as a pantomime character. The character was initially terrifying to 19th century audiences.

What’s so brilliant about Dracula is the amount of characters and other fiction he has inspired.  The vampire has developed from a character of pure evil, one to be feared from Stoker’s novel, to a more sympathetic anti-hero. For example Anne Rice depicts her  character’s as an outsider or an anti-hero in This is further developed in novel to young adult novels such as the critically panned Twilight series in which the vampire is a romantic character, a character that is still the outsider, but this is now something that is to be celebrated, almost aspirational for the human protagonist, the flighty Bella. Even in cinema, this image of Dracula has become distorted. Noeferatu, the 1922 German silent movie, Dracula or the nosferatu is depicted as rat like. The silent film deviates from the novel in that secondary characters such as Arthur and Quincey are removed. The vampire doesn’t  turn others into vampires, rather he kills them. Subsequent adaptations include The 1992 film adaptation and the 2013 Series, both of which depict Dracula as a romantic character, searching for his lost wife.

So that concludes the Halloween countdown! I hope you all have fun with your trick or treating! Happy Halloween!

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