Dracula’s Impact on History

Dracula by Bram Stoker has not only made an impact on the history of literature, but the history of everything. From the way literature has been written to the way drama productions have been performed, Dracula can be looked at as a turning point in history. Throughout reading Dracula recently, several of these impacts stood out to me. It really kept me interested, and kept me turning to the next page.

One impact from Dracula that I have noticed in literature is that many have used the count as a villain, and many have used vampires in their literature afterwards. Transylvania is often also perceived to be a home of evil, and a home for the vampires. Even here recently in the 21st century, vampires took over the literary charts as “The Twilight Series” burst onto the scene. Ever since Dracula, vampires have been used more and more in literature.

Since the novel of Dracula was published, several filmmakers have attempted to produce it into a creation of their own. One of the first film works after the novel was published caused Stoker to sue for infringement. “The 1931 film version of Dracula was based on the 1927 stage play dramatized, with the Stoker estate’s endorsement, by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston(see below), starred Bela Lugosi versus Edward Van Sloan, both of whom had originated their respective roles on the stage in the aforementioned play, and was directed by Tod Browning. It is one of the most famous versions of the story and is commonly considered a horror classic. In 2000, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film “culturally significant” and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. The films had music only during the opening (the famous main theme from Swan Lake, which was also used at the beginning of other Universal horror productions) and closing credits, and during a brief sequence set at an opera. In 1999, Philip Glass was commissioned to compose a musical score to accompany the film. The current DVD release allows access to this music.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_in_popular_culture

“Patrick Lussier directed a modern day version of the story Dracula 2000, promoted as Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000. The film gives Dracula (played by Gerard Butler) a new identity as Judas Iscariot, forbidden by God to die following his betrayal of Christ and intent on corrupting the innocent. Dracula 2000 was followed by two sequels, Dracula II: Ascension (in 2003) and Dracula III: Legacy (in 2005)” As you can see, there are still productions of the novel published in 1897 being produced today.

Throughout the years, Dracula keeps coming up in: Film productions, Plays, Short stories, Anime, comics, and even cartoons. If you have read the novel, you can sometimes notice the connection. If you ever get a chance to see a Dracula performance of any sort, take advantage of it. It will be well worth your time. Also, if you have not read the Dracula novel, DO IT! You can never go wrong with reading one of the best literature pieces of all time.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_in_popular_culture

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