Vampires first came to the public’s attention in 1897 when Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula introduced British readers to the terrible, bloodsucking count from Transylvania. Since then vampires have always been the protagonists of horror films, but, in 2008, vampire popularity reached new heights thanks to the first film in the Twilight Saga. Starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and taking a different twist on the theme, it tells the story of what happens when a human teenager, Bella, and a vampire, Edward, fall in love. Their relationship is not welcomed by all in the vampire world and complications follow. The next four films continue the story, dealing with more dangerous enemies, werewolves and a whole new generation of baby vampires.

While Stoker’s original story was dark and terrifying, the Twilight Saga (based on the books by Stephenie Meyer) combines a small amount of fear with a lot of romance. Thanks to this, the films were very popular, especially with a female audience. Vampires were no longer thought of as dangerous bloodsucking monsters but cute, potential boyfriends. Twilight was the start of a new pop culture phenomenon in which vampires became trendy and horror was replaced by romance and love.

Watch the trailer!

Illustration by Alberto Stefani, taken from Project Vampire by Victoria Heward, Green Apple Step One (A2)