June 6th, 2013
Dracula is by far the most popular vampire in literary and popular culture. Proof is with all the movies and shows that can be seen with packages found on ExpertSatellite.com/direct-tv-packages.html. Although he isn’t the first vampire in English fiction, he’s the most famous and enduring. He first appears as the title character of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel and has since appeared in numerous movies, tv shows, and other works of popular culture. When people think of vampires, they think of Dracula, likely as portrayed by Christopher Lee or Bela Lugosi. They think of his fangs and his winged cape.
Count Dracula is several centuries old. He’s a vampire, as well as a sorcerer and nobleman from Transylvania. He claims to have descended from Attila the Hun and lives in a castle in the Carpathian Mountains. Dracula differs from the vampires of Eastern Europe, as he is attractive and charming instead of repulsive. This is a trait most vampires of popular culture share. His attractiveness makes him dangerous because his victims come willingly, at least at first.
Dracula is believed to have spent his youth (as a mortal) studying the black arts, becoming proficient in alchemy and magic. He also served in the army against the Turks. After his death and burial in his castle’s chapel, he returns each night as a vampire living with three beautiful vampire women. The exact nature of the relationship between Dracula and the female vampires isn’t known.
Dracula remained in Transylvania for centuries, planning for world domination, which he would achieve through information from Jonathan Harker–and his relocation to England. Dracula stows aboard a Russian ship and voyages to England, killing the crew for sustenance and leaving the ship in the form of a dog, proving he has shapeshifting abilities as well.
He terrorizes Jonathan’s fiance Mina and her friend Lucy, turning Lucy into a vampire and stalking Mina. Jonathan and Lucy’s former suitors enlist the help of Van Helsing, who aids them in defeating Dracula. Dracula leaves but not without biting Mina first. When he is killed in Transylvania he turns to dust, but there is an expression of peace on his face first.
Many aspects of the novel and Dracula’s character have become central to the common myths of vampires. Dracula lives on in movies, shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and many other pop cultural references.