Compare and Contrast: How do you kill a vampire?

(Exhibit 1: Dracula Untold trailer 2014, above)

Tread carefully through this museum of the macabre to unravel fact from fiction. Who was Dracula? Explore how the storytelling omits the ‘Muslim’ bit. And when it adds it in, Islamophobia mesmerises… it whitewashes the soul right out of you until you too are a lifeless, unthinking slave of the corporate bloodsuckers. But at least your vamp looks cool. Because looks are deceiving.

So QUESTION: How do you kill a vampire?

POSSIBLE ANSWERS (Check the 10 exhibits for the factional answer):

  1. Use garlic
  2. Thrust a stake through its heart; sever its head; burn the corpse
  3. Muslims required

Exhibit 2: Bela Lugosi – the Hollywood 1931 actor that became the model for ‘the look’ of Count Dracula in popular imagination:

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Exhibit 3: How the Muslims Killed Dracula

Shibli Zaman [no relation] “wrote “How the Muslims Killed Dracula” in 2010 in hopes of telling the little known story of an unsung hero, Radu cel Frumos the Voivod and warrior of Wallachia who led the battle against the genocidal mania of his own brother, Vlad Ţepeş, known in infamy as Dracula. Since then, the article has been shared thousands of times…

Who would have thought that 117 years after Dracula was introduced to the western world by Bram Stoker he would ever be seen as a hero. But, sadly, in today’s geopolitical climate and all its medieval saber rattling it seems that anyone who ever brutally massacred Muslims will be reinvented as a hero…

(Fully referenced, researched and check out the comments section too!)

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Exhibit 4: Christopher Lee‘s famous Dracula of the Hammer Horror films of the 1950s-1970s:

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Exhibit 5: Nosferatu – The first vampire (German) film, made in 1922:

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Exhibit 6: What the historical inaccuracies in “Dracula Untold” tell us about the rise of Islamophobia

“The vilification of Islam has reached such heights that when the Muslim Sultan Mehmet II is cast opposite history’s bloodiest psycho-tyrant, it’s Dracula who emerges as the tragic hero…

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Exhibit 7: Gary Oldman in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992)

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Exhibit 8: The Teen Vampire Craze – The Lost Boys, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Series, The Vampire Diaries… (1980s to the present)…

Exhibit 9: Vlad the Impaler (born 1431) – the original Dracula:

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Exhibit 10: Bram Stoker’s DraculaThe gothic fiction novel that brought Dracula back from the dead into the age of modernity. Written 1897.

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8 responses to “Compare and Contrast: How do you kill a vampire?

  1. Julie

    What a shame when it’s one of the most fascinating stories in history. Thank God for the Turks!

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    • Asa sis. Thanks for your feedback. You’re right – there are a lot of stories – fascinating, when they’re properly uncovered. I had a feeling you might like this post. You’re a literary-reader and there is a connection between gothic fiction and the sufis: the Romantic movement – and I pick up that vibe from your blogsite

      ws 🙂

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  2. Julie

    It’s true I’m most drawn to the Romantic period – too much Shelley and Bronte sisters when I was very young, I suppose. 🙂

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  3. Richard William Posner

    Fiction, in any form, words, plays, film, music, can be and often is a strong arm for the dominant culture’s “Ministry of Propaganda“. It can also work with equal or greater efficacy for the “Resistance“.

    Music has often been a powerful force for motivation and solidarity on both sides of the “revolutionary” battlefield. Militaristic and “patriotic” marching songs as opposed to the politically incorrect and subversive folk/protest songs.

    These things are all minor symptoms of the lethal disease afflicting the human species, Earth and all the Life it harbours: Industrial Civilisation.

    Human beings will be happier – not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.
    Kurt Vonnegut

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    • There is a parity with our thinking. There are differences, of course, but you cite ‘Industrial Civilisation’ as the source of the real conflict. Anyway, I have yet to comment on the post you’ve earmarked for me, I know, which deals with this. I’ve got my eyes on it. I just take a little while before responding nowadays. Lots of juggling of duties at home. I hope you don’t mind.

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      • Richard William Posner

        I certainly don’t mind in the least. Given my situation, I understand completely and sympthise sincerely.

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      • I suspect it might be better for me to respond to some of your posts in piecemeal fashion, as you cover a vast area (a Generalist, I know), and my mind tends to think in ‘bits’. Each ‘bit’ could be its own post! Just so you know.

        I’ve drafted response A, which will be with you when I get a minute! Lol!

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      • Richard W. Posner

        No problems. Believe me, I know how hard it can be to find a spare moment.

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