How things change

Ok, so when I was younger I loved the story of Dracula. Vampires were scary, they slept in coffins during the day, turned to ash if they went out in daylight and had mad skills when it came to mind control.
Now we have books and films that totally throw all we thought we knew about vampires out the window.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the new take on the vampire, but I still think that the mystery of them is over.
Let’s first start with Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The film that came out first was more funny than scary, but I loved it all the same. The vampires were still proper vampires, sleeping during the day and coming out of a night to cause havoc.
Then came the Buffy TV Series and spin off Angel: Firstly I would like to say ‘A vampire with a soul???’ Please.
I watched the series, I’m not gonna lie, but I really didn’t think it needed that many seasons. They didn’t have to sleep during the day but they still couldn’t go outside. And then with the Angel spin off I just thought it was overkill, but I digress.
Then we had the next mainstream Vampires in the Cullens of The Twilight Saga fame: I loved the books Stephanie Meyer is a great author and her take on vampires is so different than we’re used to. These vampires can walk around outside during the day, but instead of burning up and turning to ash if the go into the sun they glitter like diamonds. Also instead of mind control they have powers like mind reading and seeing into the future. The Cullens were classed as good vampires because they never fed off humans. Instead they fed on animals and worked and went to school.
True Blood came next: Charlaine Harris bought the scary back to mainstream vampires. They fed off of humans and had the mad mind control skills of old. They also had to sleep during the day.
Lastly we have The Vampire Diaries: To be honest, I’m not sure where I stand on this one. There are good vampires and bad vampires in this one. They have the mind control thing down and the bad ones feed of humans. But as long as they wear a magic ring they can go out in the day.
I know that there are probably more books and films that I haven’t mentioned but I’m just thinking about the mainstream and more popular in this post. Vampires have gone from strength to strength since I first read Dracula and have changed so much too, but one thing I guess will never change is how in all these years every vampire I have ever read about in books or seen in movies always falls in love with a human.