American society of today tends to be short-sighted and trendy. It’s almost impossible to keep track of the current fads in fashion, movies, novels, and television these days because of how fast they stay popular. In my short lifetime, I’ve been subject to boy bands, the internet explosion, and several incredibly successful movie franchises. These would include Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Twilight Saga. They are all new series that have been written in the last fifteen years however they contain subjects that have been in stories and history for centuries. From it’s earliest entry into modern literature in 1819 with John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” to Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries: Dead Until Dark
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Not so, he answered. ‘Well, I know that, did I move and speak in your London, none there are who would not know me for a stranger. That is not enough for me. Here I am noble; I am boyar; the common people know me, and I am master.” (Stoker 23) Polidori and Stoker’s portrayal of their vampires and use of setting facilitate the connection between audience and character. TRANSITION SENTENCE HERE PLEASE A minor but important adaptation made to vampires was done by Stephen King in 1975 in Salem’s Lot. Although the story is not nearly as famous as Dracula it is the one of first times that vampires originated in America, which is a huge market for novels. Interestingly enough King’s inspiration for this novel came from his teaching days.
“..one of the novels I taught was Dracula. I was surprised at how vital it had remained over the years; the kids liked it, and I liked it, too. One night over supper I wondered aloud what would happen if Dracula came back in the twentieth century, to America. ‘He'd probably be run over by a Yellow Cab on Park Avenue and killed,’ my wife said… But if he were to show up in a sleepy little country town, what then?” (King, “Inspiration For Salem’s Lot”)
King recognized that it wasn’t realistic to his audience to bring a vampire over into the modern society so he placed them in small town America and utilized the intrigue