Friday, August 13, 2010

Vampires: Once Bitten

This summer, how many times have you been asked: Are you Team Jacob or Team Edward? Team Bill or Team Eric? Honestly, I'm Team Dracula.
At the risk of alienating the female population of the world, I still think the original Dracula -- the broody, moody, mysterious titular character of Bram Stoker's literary classic -- is the quintessential vampire. He may be a distillation of European folklore and the sadistic 15th Century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, but as pop culture anti-heroes go, Dracula set the standard. Think of Bella Lugosi in 1931's Dracula or Gary Oldman when he reprised the role in 1992.

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