Three vampires and each is different. Vampires, we’ve learned over time, differ because readers and fans differ. We don’t all like the same things. Who says fictional monsters can’t all be different? Yes, we have our purists and that’s fine but variety is the proverbial spice of life.
I would say I go for Dracula as depicted by Gary Oldman in the brilliant Coppola film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. That characterization works for me. We get to see a before to the character: how he came to be the way he came to be. In my opinion the monstrous vampire, Nosferatu, as depicted in the films of the same name are better representations of what Dracula is supposed to be like. I say if you take Nosferatu’s creature and you blend him with say Gary Oldman’s or even Bela Lugosi’s, you will get the Dracula that I happen to think Bram Stoker envisioned.
Now, Edward Cullen has an entirely different appeal as does Nosferatu. Edward Cullen and the handsome boy vampires as depicted in Twilight and Vampire Diaries are something else again, but these books (and films) although ‘cross overs’ in many cases, do tend to be aimed at the Young Adult market. I say why not, too? If teens enjoy reading about their own take on vampires, why shouldn’t they? Reading is reading after all, and who knows where that interest in vampires will lead? There will be budding authors among them who will quite possibly redefine their own vampires in fiction they might go on to write.
Let all the undead flourish in their own way! Vampire lore is all around us. They are depicted in legends from all over the world. Every culture has stories of these strange beings. They exist because we do, because man has always dreamed of the impossible, I think it is our yearning to overcome death, to defeat it and live forever that vampires exist at all in film and fiction!
If you think of it, the one real nightmare that does exist is Death. So why not try to defeat that spectral kill-joy with undead creatures that can really tell Death off?
“HEY, DEATH! SCRAM AND DON’T LET THE CRYPT DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT!”