Vampires, The Fiction of It All

Vampires have been considered a demon like creature that lives in shadows. In the past few years, they have become more popular, in teenagers especially. This "craze" began again when Stephanie Meyer released her bestselling series, "Twilight". Then the Vampire Diaries television show was released into the world only a few years afterwards. They both depicted Vampires as being these lustful and beautiful creatures and that they lived among us.There has been vampires in the fiction world ever since Bram Stoker released his book "Dracula" in 1897. But what really is the fiction behind it all.
Vampire mythology is even older than the fiction that was written in books. The mythology can be dated back to the 11th century when the Ancient Greeks and Romans "discovered" them. The vampires were called creatures from the deepest depths of hell. Most of the believers had their own theories on what a vampire actually was, whether it being a spirit possessing an unused corpse or it they were the unused corpse that relied on human blood in order to sustain their disturbing lifestyle. There is really one thing about vampires that always stays they same, and it's probably safe to assume that it will always be that way, and that fact is that the only way they can stay "alive" is if they have blood. Whether that blood be human or animal, they just need the blood. The devil has also been associated with vampires numerous times. There is many people who think that vampires were in fact the children of the damned or even of Satan himself.
This new craze of vampires has come into the world over the last 4 or 5 years, but basically they are the new thing. Most of the people who know some vampire fiction would also know the classics. The classics being, Anne Rice's series Interview With the Vampire and of course who could forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But the main thing that all of these followed was that vampires were beautiful creatures of the night who sucked the blood out of beautiful women who wandered alone. The thing that was so likeable about Interview with the Vampire was that the characters were very believable. They could cry and they could feel. But other fictional tales of vampires showed them as heartless brutes, who fed for no reason other than to feed.
Then thee is Dracula, the original vampire. The father of the damned and ''merciful death". Now most people know that Dracula did have some historical fact behind him as in his character was based on a bloodthirsty tyrant; Vlad the Impaler. Now in 1456-1462, "Vlad the Impaler" killed anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 political rivals, criminals and anyone else he considered "useless to humanity", mainly by using his favourite method of impaling them on a sharp pole. The main point of the connection was the disregard for humanity that they both had.
In the end we won't ever know what the truth behind the hysteria really is. the facts are clear that many people did believe and still do believe in vampires and their questionable existence, but for now who knows.

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