Taking a look at vampires, beginning with some of the earliest renditions of vampire stories, it is both interesting and relevant to take a look at how vampires have progressively become more human and less untouchable monsters. Beginning with early stories such as “Buckets of Blood” and “Death at the Wedding” it’s apparent that vampires originated as an inhuman, undead creature that was out to kill. Though the latter continues to be true throughout, vampires have continuously grown to be shown as more human both in terms of physical appearance and emotion.
Even between the 1992 film “Dracula ” and the more modern episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer ” that features Dracula, the huge visual jump can be seen with the same creature in a small shift in years (in terms of the scale of how long vampire stories have been around). The Dracula in the movie is older, and gives off immediate creepy vibes and can be flagged as a villain. But with Buffy’s version of Dracula, though he is extremely pale and stereotypical, he is far younger and looks less terrifying. The girls in Buffy all even discuss how attractive Dracula is, which is a part of the vampire sexualization; but the more modern Dracula is far more sexualized.
Emotionally the vampires also have a sizeable shift, where in the earlier stories they began as creatures who were only out to do harm and were never shown to have some sort of reasoning, the later stories begin to give the vampires a strong emotional role as well. In Dracula, it is seen that the vampire does much of what he’s doing out of love. Although he is killing people, he is shown to be emotionally attached and doing things for love. This progresses more and more throughout the years, and even appears in the most modern popular movies such as Twilight , where an entire vampire story is written with his emotion as a key factor.