Tuesday, November 17, 2009

'Twilight' to 'True Blood,' 'Buffy' to 'Vampire Diaries': The Vampire Powers That Be

Perhaps you've heard that vampires are all the rage these days. The stylish undead with a hunger for hemoglobin have conquered all forms of media and can currently be found holding court everywhere from TV to bookstores to multiplex screens. With"New Moon," the second movie in the "Twilight" series, opening Friday (Nov. 20), fang fever shows no signs of abating any time soon.

Not all bloodsuckers are created equal, though. From the original Transylvanian Count to the Volvo-driving Cullens, popular vampires have sported a variety of supernatural abilities, Achilles heels and other characteristics. Here we take a look at what makes some of the best-known nightwalkers different from the rest.


In Bram Stoker's novel, the titular Count Dracula is a master of black magic who transforms himself into a vampire as a means of escaping death.

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