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Men and Myths:
The re-envisioning of the classic Vampiric Villain

Traditionally vampires have been seen as the metaphor for the “other”; the part of our world that we could not understand. This popular view point became canonical via Bram Stoker’s Dracula. That canon has been swept aside in the past few decades and the idea of the vampire as an “evil creature of the night” has been replaced with the vampire as “a romantic hero”. Often, the vampire is the protagonist of newer stories, the one in which we are supposed to feel more sympathy for than disgust. One of the most obvious literary examples of this phenomenon is Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice. Rice’s narrator, Louis, differs so greatly from the traditional Dracula that he even goes so far as to claim Stoker’s tale is merely a myth. Popular culture has taken the notion of the vampire and marketed it in a way in which the vampire is rarely feared anymore. Vampires have become romanticized since the days of Dracula – this phenomenon is due in large part to societies acceptance of “the other”; while we still live in a world where people still fear “the other” our society has come a long way in attempting to accept what they don’t understand – through popular culture and media sources an understanding of the vampire as closer to human and truly representative of our dark side.

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