When Bram Stoker wrote his novel Dracula in the later half of the nineteenth century, he could not possibly have fathomed its continuing success for so many years to come. When asking the question what makes a story a valued text you must first ask what does in mean to be valued? Value is defined as having worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor. Dracula is recognised as possessing great worth, or I would not be writing about it now. Dracula has been accepted by our culture as something of value for many reasons.
Another postmodern technique used is the elaborate use of playfulness and reality which twists our perception of truth, forcing the audience to question what they’re watching. As an audience, we’re lead to believe within the original filming of Nosferatu, the character Count Orlock was genuinely a traditional vampire. This increases the horror as the narrative plays out as we discover the twisted expectations of Murnau, the director of Nosferatu. Shadow of the Vampire uses intertextuality by using direct scenes from Nosferatu as well as directly referring to Dracula in the questioning the vampire scene. By using these features of the times to create a new substantial text aspects from others.
For centuries now legends have been told about creatures beyond the ordinary. When someone says vampire these days, people think of a brooding good looking sparkly Edward Cullen, but when I think of one I think of the classic original, Dracula. As, my personal favorite book and one of the most famous classic novels people often wonder how Bram Stoker created his title character. Some think that he created the vampire legend, but that's not true. Dracula was created by the myths of ancient worlds, with some influence from the Romanian Prince Vlad and quite possibly the Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
Forward thinking in Dracula. In Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stoker challenges the Victorian mind in ways that had never been done before. The novel is written in a way to fool readers to think the story is true. He covers subjects of religion, sex and the supernatural in an attempt to expand the shallow thinking of the time. The character of Dracula rarely appears in the text after the first few chapters to create a sense of mystique for Dracula, and by doing so proves Dracula is supernatural.
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