Bram Stoker is in my opinion one of the most overlooked authors in fiction. In life, he was rarely recognized as creating an icon. Even as recently as 15 years ago, tours of Dublin failed to mention him.
In life he was overshadowed by his idol, actor Henry Irving, who he was managed, and who is supposedly inspiration for his best known character.
Even when he died he was overshadowed as he died a few days after the Titanic sunk, and therefore it did not feature heavily in the press.
While none of his other books lived up to the furore that Dracula created, no one can take away the influence it has had, and more importantly continues to have.
The Twilight Series of books are without doubt the biggest things in children’s fiction since Harry Potter.
Even with critics such as Stephen King who says “I respect Stephanie Meyer but she can’t write worth a damn”, she is selling millions of copies of her books.
Meyer’s portrayal of Vampires, as sparkly “dumbed down” versions of Stokers creation have reinvigorated a younger generation’s interest in the un-dead bloodsuckers.
It’s hard to find many Young Adult fictions that do not feature a vampire. My daughters loved the Twilight series, but even they are getting fed up trying to find books that aren’t jumping on the vampire bandwagon (hanging onto Dracula’s cape?)
But the question must be asked…..
Would Bram Stoker, creator of the most influential (and scary) Horror character in history, be spinning in his grave* with the plethora of Young adult fiction seemingly obsessed with politically correct Vampires?
* Stoker actually chose to be cremated, so didn’t have a coffin. But Would Stoker turn in his Urn didn’t sound like a good title