Vampires aren’t what they used to be

A long wait in an airport can inspire plenty of mental meandering. That is what led to this ridiculously long table. It details some of the differences as well as similarities between a few of the current vampire sagas that are so popular, you may find it difficult to check them out of the library without placing a hold.

The movie of New Moon, the second novel in the Twilight series, will open November 20. The Vampire’s Assistant, which opened in late October, is based on the first two novels in Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak series.

Although there is no news so far about a movie or television deal for the riveting Vampire Academy series, its fans have created a number of fake movie trailers that can be seen on YouTube.

Dracula is, of course, the 1897 granddaddy of the genre and has spawned many movies since the early twentieth century. Perhaps the attractive vampires of current fiction spell the twilight of Dracula’s allure.

Vampires aren’t what they used to be: Some comparisons

Dracula, by Bram Stoker
Appearance
The Count is “a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white mustache, and clad in black from head to foot.” He has a “malignant,” sullen smile. In short, he’s creepy.

Dining habits
Dracula doesn’t eat food. He only drinks human blood. His victims usually turn into vampires.

Abilities
He can morph into a bat and climb down his castle batlike. He can also change into a wolf and lead the pack. One of his specialities is compelling humans to do what he wants. And he can’t be seen in mirrors. “Allergies” & Addictions:

Allergies & Addictions
Sunshine is deathly as is a wooden stake to the heart. Dracula also recoils from garlic and crucifixes.

Social Conscience
Dracula is concerned about perpetuating the greatness of his ancestors, but otherwise has no conscience.

The Twilight Series, by Stephenie Meyer
Appearance
Bella, a human teen, falls in love with Edward, a stylish 109-year-old vampire who looks 17. He has “tousled bronze hair,” pale skin that sparkles in sunlight, and is the picture of teen “perfection.” He is a golden boy with golden eyes.

Dining habits
“Vegetarian” vampires, Edward and his family don’t drink human blood. But they don’t eat human food either. They drink the blood of wildlife and are so strong that they hunt grizzlies and wildcats barehanded.

Abilities
Edward and his family are all extraordinarily strong and have strange gifts. Edward can read people’s minds, except for Bella’s. His sister, Alice, can see the future.

“Allergies” & Addictions
Similar to all the vampires considered here, Twilight’s Cullen clan doesn’t do well in sunshine. They prefer night, but stay awake all day long. The smell of werewolves is repulsive to them. Their greatest danger is a coven of overbearing, ancient Italian vampires called the Volturi.

Social Conscience
The Cullens are protective of their human community and defend them against bad vampires that drink human blood and either kill their victims or transform them into vampires. The father, Carlisle Cullen, is a caring doctor and surgeon who even heals werewolves despite their stench.

Vampire Academy series, by Richelle Mead
Appearance
Rose is a Dhampir, which is what half-vampires are called in her world. While Rose is tanned and curvaceous, the “good” Moroi vampires she serves are pale, pencil slim, and stunning. Moroi are very much alive. In contrast, the nemesis of Dhampirs and Moroi are the nasty undead Strigoi— large, nasty vampires with blood red eyes.

Dining habits
Rose eats regular people food; no blood for her.  The Moroi eat regular people food, but become ill if they don’t also consume human blood. They sip from humans and Dhampirs who agree to be “feeders.” (Vampire blood produces a drug-like high.) It is taboo for Moroi to kill their feeders. Strigoi survive solely on human blood and usually kill their victims.

Abilities
Dhampirs are extraordinarily strong, although Strigoi are far more powerful. A few Dhampirs, including Rose, can see, hear, and feel the esperiences of the Moroi they protect. Moroi have unusual powers. Similar to Dracula, they can compel others to obey their wishes.They can also wrap their foes in flames, heal the wounded, make you feel like you are drowning, and so on. Strigoi have the same paranormal powers.

Allergies & Addictions
Humans and Dhampirs can become addicted to vampire venom and will gladly give up their jugular veins for a hit. Moroi don’t do well in sunlight, which is why they all go to school and conduct business at night. Rose can smell Strigoi when they’re near and becomes nauseous. You might say the Strigois’ only weakness is an “allergic” reaction to a silver stake driven through the heart.

Social Conscience
The good vampires are divided into “royals” and everyday Moroi. The royals are mostly concerned for themselves. However, they face severe consequences from their society if they kill a feeder. The “guardian” Dhampirs are excessively conscientious about protecting their Moroi, whereas the bad Strigoi have no conscience.

Cirque du Freak series, by Darren Shan
Appearance
The central character, a middle school boy named Darren who turns into a half vampire, is rumpled and hasn’t changed clothes since his funeral. Although kindly, his master, Mr. Crepsley, is gaunt, tall and creepy.

Dining habits
Crepsley sips from human victims but doesn’t kill or transform them (that is, except for Darren). Darren refuses to drink human blood and subsists instead on the blood of small animals and human food.

Abilities
Similar to the Cullens, Crepsley can run super fast. He calls it “flitting.” Although not as fast as a full vampire, Darren is devastating in a soccer game with regular boys. Both are extremely strong.

Allergies & Addictions
Darren’s okay in the sunshine, but Crepsley isn’t. Once again, like the Cullens, neither is affected by garlic (except maybe for indigestion) or religious symbols.

Social Conscience
Crepsley doesn’t feel guilty about sucking blood. In contrast, Darren considers it heinous to victimize humans. He despairs about being a creature of the night.

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