Vladimir The Delight Club Analysis

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Vladimir the Vampire: The Representation of Vampires in Ethan Long’s Fright Club Recent releases of children’s films like Hotel Transylvania and children’s text’s like Monster Trouble have contributed to the rapidly growing genre of children’s horror. From the 1960s to present day, monsters have become a demanded topic in children’s media as they have transformed from frightening creatures to misunderstood, cuddly beings (Palmer). In Ethan Long’s Fright Club, a picturebook detailing a club for famous monsters that practices the art of scaring, the traditional vampire character is transformed into Vladimir the Vampire. Vladimir is a play on the name of the Dracula’s speculated, real-life counterpart Vlad the Impaler. Vladmir the Vampire in Long’s Fright Club depicts the evolution of the representation of vampires in contemporary children’s literature through illustration, and addresses themes of diversity and …show more content…
Vladimir the Vampires traditional illustrations in Fright Club reveal that many of the traditional literary elements of a vampire’s physical appearance have evolved on a minor scale, still focusing on the use of black, red, pale skin, and jagged edges whether that be due to a cape or fangs. Vladimir’s role as a leader in the club does address the lack of gendered diversity in children’s literature texts, though his being a vampire does put a conventionally marginalized group into power. Themes of diversity and inclusion branch from the focus on marginalized groups, ensuring that the club becomes all-inclusive and a collaborative effort. Ethan Long’s Vladimir the Vampire Fright Club is the epitome of the modern day vampire in the children’s horror genre: a misunderstood and approachable, visually familiar creature that builds a foundation for addressing

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