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Vampires - “Culture’s Sexy Drug of Choice” and “Dangerous Warnings”: A comparison of the depiction of vampires in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Bram Stoker’s Dracula connected to genre, narration, and readership.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Vampyren; en sexsymbol och ett blodtörstande monster : En jämförelse av beskrivningen av vampyrerna i Stephenie Meyers Twilight och Bram Stokers Dracula, kopplat till genre, berättarperspektiv och åldersgrupp. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay discusses the differences in depiction of vampires between Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight (2005) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). By using examples from the novels, the essay exemplifies how genre, narration, and readership affect the description of vampires within the two novels. The essay bases its discussion on genre on the premise that the vampire genre is in fact a genre to itself, but one with a broad variation. Furthermore, the essay briefly discusses the shift within the vampire genre, where vampires during the last centuries have gone from dangerous and scary to appealing and romantic. A connection is made between the shift within the vampire genre and Anne Rice’s vampire fiction. The discussion on genre shows how the romance, fantasy, and horror genres affect the depiction of vampires.

Abstract [sv]

Denna uppsats diskuterar hur vampyrer i verken Twilight (Meyer, 2005) och Dracula (Stoker, 1897) skildras på olika sätt. Skillnader i beskrivningarna illustreras med hjälp av exempel från de båda böckerna och berör genre, berättarperspektiv och läsarkrets. Diskussionen i uppsatsen baseras på att vampyrgenren är en egen genre med många olika beskrivningar av vampyren. Uppsatsen berör även förändringen i genren och lyfter kort hur vampyren från början tolkas som farlig och skrämmande för att sedan framstå som attraktiv och romantisk. En koppling görs också mellan förändringen i vampyrgenren och Anne Rices vampyrnoveller. Vidare i diskussionen kring genre berörs även hur genrerna romantik, fantasy och skräck påverkar skildringen av vampyrerna i de nämnda verken.

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2016. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
Vampires, Twilight, Meyer, Dracula, Stoker, Genre, Narration, Readership, Rice, Changes, Myths
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-48232OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-48232DiVA: diva2:1085941
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English
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2017-05-03 Created: 2017-03-30 Last updated: 2017-05-03Bibliographically approved

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