Stoker and Rice\'s Books About Vampires


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 nowhere