A sucker for bloodsuckers

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Note:This article was written 4 years ago.

Vampires are mythological and bloodsucking creatures that are believed to have walked the face of the earth a long long time ago, even until now. Although many disproved of this idea, we can never remove the fact that vampires have become one of our most beloved story characters of all times.

            Nowadays, vampire-human-relationship stories are rampant. It can be observed that most of the books, movies, and TV series show this type of scenario between mortal and immortal entities. The plot goes this way: a vampire guy meets this mortal girl and they fall in love with each other.

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            This story can be read in Twilight, a book by American author Stephenie Meyer. Twilight is the first part of the Twilight Saga which includes the three other books namely: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. It tells the story of Isabella “Bella” Swan, and her 104-year old vampire lover Edward Cullen.

            Their story unravels with Bella moving into Forks, Washington and there he meets Edward. Their timely meeting may be untimely but as the plot thickens so does their relationship. Jacob Black, Bella’s friend and also a werewolf proved to be Edward Cullen’s main rival with Bella’s heart but in the end the vampire won over the werewolf.

The plot has twists and turns that will leave the readers craving for more of it. The main antagonist of the first book is James, one of the three nomadic vampires who has lethal tracking abilities. He got hold of Bella’s scent and followed her until the near end of the book but was killed by Edward in a duel. In the end, Edward was able to save his lover’s life and so the next three books chart the life of Bella and her love affair with the mysteriously seductive vampire Edward Cullen.

            In 2008, three years after the successful release of the book, the film adaptation of Twilight was also released. The other two books have been made into a series of motion picture by Summit Entertainment; the second book, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was released on November 20, 2009. The third one, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, was released on June 30, 2010. News has it that the concluding book, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be cut into halves just like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first part of the fourth film will hit the big screens this year November, 18 2011 and the other part on 2012.

            Aside from The Twilight Saga’s success and immense popularity many other vampire themed stories were adapted into television series, two of which are The Vampire Diaries and True Blood.

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            The Vampire Diaries focuses on the love triangle between Elena Gilbert, the female protagonist and two vampire brothers. True Blood on the other hand is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Bold and Bloodier, the story revolves around the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps and Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress who has telepathic abilities who falls in love with a resident vampire, Bill Compton.

            It is with no doubt that vampires have become important characters of modern stories, be it on books and television. With them, nights are scarier and romance in all forms is possible.

            Edward Cullen has swooned over many girls. Bill Compton has fought for Sookie’s love many times. And the Salvatore brothers have already rivaled over with Elena Gilbert’s affection. But who could not forget one of the greatest vampire characters of all time? Who couldn’t forget Lestat de Lioncourt? 

Lestat as portrayed by Tom Cruise (photo:bellasvistas.blogspot.com)

            A fictional character by Anne Rice, Lestat appeared in The Vampire Lestat and the main character in the majority of The Vampire Chronicles. The Vampire Lestat, tells the autobiography of Lestat and his life as a young vampire in Paris, France. Other books include The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and Blood Canticle all of which explains the life he lived and directed.

Twilight may be the most popular modern vampire-themed story but there are still many more of which bloodlusts are ready to sink their teeth into.

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