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When Did Vampires Become So Popular?

March 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Books, Children, City Library, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

Since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897, vampires have held a unique and adaptable place in popular Western Culture. Whether your preferred vampire has sharp, pointed teeth or sparkles in the sunlight; shrieks at garlic or holy symbols; or dies by decapitation, stake, or sunlight, you have probably seen, read, or heard of a vampire that’s been adapted, reinvented, or reimagined.

Legends and stories of blood-sucking supernatural creatures span the globe, and have been told for centuries. The word “vampire” was added to the English Oxford Dictionary in 1734, due to a surge in medical reports of the condition.

It can be argued that the popularity of vampires as we know them didn’t begin until Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire in 1976, though she doesn’t like to take credit. By 2009, the paranormal subgenre made up 17.16% of the popular romance genre. Since then, the paranormal has taken a firm hold in readers’ interests across all age groups including teens and children.

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