Vampire Archetypes

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A vampire is often a villain creature that portrays evil and is often used as the villain within a text. Vampires as archetype villains have evolved and indeed represent the context in which they are created. The vampire archetype has adapted to the time and context to suit the modern day audience to entertain the 21st century generation. Stoker created the unethical villain Dracula that embodied the appearance of the vampire archetype and religion of society in the late 19th century. The vampire diaries created by Williamson in 2009 is an example of how this archetype character has evolved to suit modern audiences through acceptance and the romance genre. In 1897 people in the Victorian Era feared ‘The Other’ (foreigners), Bram Stoker created…show more content…
Dracula is depicted with murder, graphic imagery, dead bodies, vampire teeth, and powers. On the other hand, Stefan is associated as a high school student that is romantic and attractive. The genre of the film emphasis on relationships, this determines the domination in which romance has over horror, as a result, this is aimed towards high school students (teenagers). The first scene where Elena meets Stefan is visualised in a close-up to display the instant connection between the human and the vampire. Williamson’s use of camera angles and music appeal to today's teenager audience, this causes the romance genre to dominate over the horror genre. Williamson has appropriated the genre and done this significantly through the tv shows of vampire diaries in contrast to Dracula and as a result reflects the context and time. All in all, the vampire archetype has adapted to the time and context to suit the modern day audience. Stoker’s genius creation of Dracula’s appearance impacted on society’s religion. Williamson’s vampire diaries was appropriated and adapted from Dracula to connect with the 21st century through acceptance and the romance genre. Vampire archetypes have evolved and indeed represent the context and time in which they are
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