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How many Dracula films have been shot? Lots. Different actors, directors and also different atmospheres, but what is the most impressive? The book they were based on.
Dracula” was published in 1897, it was intended to be a theatre play at the beginning but it became a novel. Its original title was The Un-Dead. Praised by A. Conan Doyle (“Sherlock Holmes”) or Oscar Wilde who considered it as the best horror story ever written, it is a good example of the gothic novel, so popular in Victorian times. Stoker got his inspiration from Vlad Draculea III a ruler in Wallachia (Romania), from old folk tales from Eastern Europe and from previous author such as Sheridan Le Fanu “Carmilla” or John Polidori "The Vampyre". The story is told in different formats; letters, ships’ log entries, telegrams, newspaper clippings and so on. The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Some of the scenes in the novel take place in Varna, Bulgary.
Bram Stoker (1847-1912), whose 100th death anniversary we remembered in 2012, was born in Ireland, educated at home because of an illness, he graduated in Mathematics and was also interested in history, philosophy, science and the occult. He was theatre critic, personal assistant and manager of the famous actor Henry Irving and a close friend of Oscar Wilde (they shared university and girlfriend). Stoker travelled a lot and was invited several times to the White House. He published other novels The Lady of the Shroud (1909,) short stories Under the Sunset (1881) and non-fiction A Glimpse of America (1886).
Vampires are in fashion now with the ”Twilight” saga and others but they are so different from the original idea of a vampire that Bram Stoker would be shocked to see vampires like the Cullens.
Remember Count Dracula’s words:

“I belong to an old family and I would die son if I were forced to live in a modern mansion. I don’t seek pleasure or joy and less that happiness young people get from a beautiful sunny day or the murmur of water…”
Activities
1. Watch the trailer of the film By Francis Ford Coppola




2. Find information about films about "Count Dracula" ( Leave the titles and Directors in the comments section of this page)
3. Write the names of current TV series about vampires.
4. Find differences between The Cullen Vampires and the traditional vampires.
5. Do you want to know more about unusual creatures? Go to the following website choose one of the creatures and write a one page essay or a visual presentation for the class.
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