NPR.org has an article on vampires through the ages and how the different representations are incarnations of the fears each generation has had.
As it is lately, you can't say VAMPIRE without talking about Twilight, so here's the snippet:
"Edward, the hero of Stephenie Meyers' "Twilight" series, has stolen the hearts of "tween" girls everywhere. Fans of this conscientious young vampire live vicariously through his romance with Bella, his high school sweetheart.
Edward and his clan refuse to feed off humans, and Meyer explains that this choice is what makes him so popular.
"These are vampires," Meyer says. "They are these creatures who exist to hunt humans. They are evil and they choose something different. They find another way. And I think kids respond to the idea that it doesn't matter where I am in life; I always have a choice."
Nina Auerbach, author of Our Vampires, Ourselves, believes every age gets the vampire it wants.
"Vampires aren't supposed to be restrained," Auerbach says. "They're all our hungers. That's why they're vampires."
In HBO's True Blood and author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, modern vampires disguise ugly evil below sexy allure. Today's Dracula reflects 21st century fears about people who are not what they seem.
Any thoughts on our modern day vampires?