The Vampire Myth: From Past to Present, From Local to Global

Gürel E. , Alem J.

in: Media Critiques-Broken Grounds 1: Mass Communication and Transformation, Bilgili,C. and Tan Akbulut,N., Editor, Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing , Sofija, pp.297-349, 2012

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Publisher: Prof. Marin Drinov Academic Publishing
  • City: Sofija
  • Page Numbers: pp.297-349
  • Editors: Bilgili,C. and Tan Akbulut,N., Editor


Vampires, the legendary creatures which are believed to attack human beings reviving between sunset and sunrise and sustain their lives by sucking their blood are one of the main items highly on the agenda in the contemporary culture. The best selling novels by authors such as Anne Rice, Stephenie Meyer, L. J. Smith, Laurell Hamilton, Charlaine Haris, Richelle Mead, P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast; films like Interview with the Vampire, Blade, Blade: Trinity, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Dracula 2000, Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Queen of the Damned, Twilight, Twilight Saga: New Moon,Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night, Låt den rätte Komme in -Let the Right One in, Bakjwi -Thirst-; TV series like Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Blade: The Series, True Blood, Moonlight, The Vampire Diaries; animations like Kyuketsuki Hunter D -Vampire Hunter D-, Kyuketsuki Miyu -Vampire Princess Miyu; and games like Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: Dark Ages, Vampire: The Requem, Victorian Age: Vampire are the evidences for how the vampire legend has evolved into a global phenomenon and how they are demanded by the masses. Hence, it is also possible to see the traces of the orgy for vampires in the contemporary reinterpretations of literary classics. Novels which are written by the English author, Jane Austen and which are among the world's classics have benefited from this movement. In this respect, Vampire Darcy’s Desire: A Pride and Prejudice Adaptation by Regina Jeffers, Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange and Bites Back: A Novel by Michael Thomas act as an intermediary for postmodern and populist intertexuality through targeting the Jane Austen-lover readers and the 'vampire-lover' masses as a market.