dracula vs anne rice\'s vampire chronicles


Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice’s series The Vampire Chronicles
are books about vampires. The way the two authors write about the vampires’
powers, the way they live and how they are created and destroyed prove that two
books about the same subject can be different in many ways. It also shows how the
vampire legend has evolved over a long period of time.
Special powers are used in both of the authors writings. A few of the
powers are the same, or very close to it, in each account. enhaced or super-human
strenth is one of these abilites. On page 7 in Anne Rice’s book The Vampire
Lestat, her main chacter Lestast says “As for my strength, well it was three times
what it had once been. I could bend a copper penny double.” After becoming a
vampire he notices his super human strength. Not much is written about Stoker’s
use of super-strength for Count DraculaTherefore, One tends to believe that
Dracula in fact did not have enhanced strength. Stoker did use the power of
morphing into animals in his novel. In Dracula , the Count can morph into a bat
and he can turn into a greyish-green mist. He uses these powers so humans dont
detect his presence. As a gas he can pass by humans without them even noticing
and as a bat he can cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. Rice’s novels
mention nothing of being able to morph into a bat, mist or anything else for that
matter.
The ability to fly is used in each novel but they are used very differently. In Dracula
the count can fly but, in order to do this he must turn into a bat and fly as a bat would fly.
More powerful vampires in The Vampire Chronicles can fly as , for example, super man
would fly. In order for a vampire to fly it requires lots of energy and a great force of will
Lestat says “ It was as if a current of air had caught me. I went up hundereds of feet in one
instant, and then the clouds were below me-a white light that I could scarcely see. I decided
to drift.” (Rice, Queen of the damned 286)
Mental powers are used extensivly in both of the authors’ creations. Mind reading is
common in The Vampire Chronicles. Vampires in the Chronicles can not read the minds of
vampires they themselves have created or minds that are skillfully cloaked against them.
Being able to read the minds of mortals allows them to manipulate their victims. They can
also hypnotize and scramble the thoghts of mortals, as when Lestat takes a drink from a
victim and makes so that she will not remember it. When speaking with one another and
when giving their powerful blood, they can provide full-blown images of their past
experiences. Vampires can move objects at will, such as when they open doors or locks, or
when shoving another vampire away without touching them. “When I saw he wouldn’t
move, my anger and out of me like an invisible fist. And I saw him moved backwards as if
the fist had struck him.” (Rice, The vampire Lestat 265) In Dracula hypnotism is
mentioned. This is where the phrase “look into my eyes” was probably coined from. Like
Lestat, Dracula has the ability to change the will of other people. In Dracula , Jonathen
Harker is a guest in the counts castle. After a while Jonathen becomes suapicious of the
counts activities. He then becomes scared and uncomfortable and he wants to leave .
Through will changing the count makes Jonathen feel comfortable and he unknowingly
keeps him as a prisoner. The powers of the vampires mildly differs between the two
authors. Obviously Rice, because she wrote an entire series of novels not just one, has
more space to descibe the indivdual abilities of the main vampires in her series. Stoker on
the other hand wrote only one book about Dracula therfore his chacter is described in less
detail than are Rices.
The vampires way of life, unlike special abilities, is a great source of conflict. The
modern age Anne Rice and the classic old english Bram Stoker have different views on the
settings, travel, contact with people and other vampires, and the way the vampires feel and
express emotions in their novels.
What comes to your mind when you think of the words “vampire country”? If you
thought of castles in the middle of