Tuesday, June 28, 2011

From 'Twilight' to 'True Blood': Today's vampire franchises owe everything to 'Dark Shadows'

Without question, without the character of Barnabas Collins, you wouldn't have the vampires of today." 

Let's see. Start with a deeply conflicted vampire irresistibly drawn to a beautiful young human while battling his predatory instincts. Give him a conscience. Give him a tortured back story.
Got it? OK, now surround him with werewolves, ghosts, witches and all sorts of other supernatural creatures. Now put him on the cover of national magazines and use him as the driving force for a pop-culture phenomenon spawning all manner of licensed merchandising.

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