Convergence culture is described as “the flow of content across multiple media platforms, the cooperation between multiple media industries, and the migratory behavior of media audiences who would go almost anywhere in search of the kinds of entertainment experiences they wanted. (Henry Jenkins Blog).” Stories like “The Story About Dracula” which was preserved from the late 15th century gives us early development of what a vampire is capable of. Stories like this make society more interested in the thought of a vampire since the story is so old. Back then the world was limited to the number of platforms available to them. Legends, fairytales, and myths were all either told or written down so this was only the few sources of entertainment around. Now the idea of the vampire is much different due to it having aspects of the Victorian Period. The Victorian period is famously known for it being the Romantic period. Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, has a representation of a vampire being a blood sucking creature while creating a great power of sexuality. The novel has gone on to inspire other vampire movies in which the vampires are more sexually attractive so the audience will find them more appealing and forget that they are monsters. Here is where Henry Jenkins mentions that the audience will go in search of entertainment.
Vampire movies and stories can go either way, since both love and horror genres attract large audiences.
Participatory culture is what kept the idea of a vampire for so long. Since participatory culture involves the consumer, fragments of information are extracted from the flow of media around us. The more you watch and learn about it the more familiar the topic will be to you. Along the line the idea of a vampire will all relate to one another because of the idea of the vampire that was presented to us.
Jenkins, Henry. "Welcome to Convergence Culture." Confessions of an AcaFan. Wordpress, 19 June 2006.
Stoker, Bram: Penguin Classics, 2003. Print