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Official Rules of Vampires per Bram Stoker


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#1    DoesntReallyLike

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:09 PM

From Bram Stoker's "Dracula", Van Helsing describes the rules of Dracula:

  • Doesn't actually need blood to live, but it will make him stronger and younger-looking
  • Doesn't eat regular food
  • No shadow
  • No reflection in mirror
  • "has the strength of many of his hand"
  • can become a wolf, a bat, or "come on moonlight rays as elemental dust", or he can become mist, but the "mist is limited, and it can only be round himself". However, if "he be not at the place whither he is bound ( i.e. "his earth-home, his coffin-home, his hell-home, the place unhallowed"), he can only change himself at noon or at exact sunrise or sunset."
  • Can become small ( i.e. can "slip through a hairbreadth space at the tomb door" )
  • "can, when once he find his way, come out from anything or into anything, no matter how close it be bound or even fused up with fire"
  • can see in the dark
  • can't enter a place unless invited
  • becomes powerless in daylight (but doesn't necessarily die or burst into flames)
  • "can only pass running water at the slack or the flood of the tide"
  • in the presence of garlic or a crucifix, "he take his place far off and silent with respect"
  • he is confined to his coffin if the branch of a wild rose is placed on
  • can be killed be a wooden stake, decapitation, or a shot from a "sacred bullet"

(also he can control animals, but I couldn't find the quote)

full passage below ...

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How did Dracula become a vampire?

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The Draculas were, says Arminius, a great and noble race, though now and again were scions who were held by their coevals to have had dealings with the Evil One. They learned his secrets in the Scholomance, amongst the mountains over Lake Hermanstadt, where the devil claims the tenth scholar as his due.


Edited by Illuminerdi, 11 April 2012 - 06:46 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2012 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:25 PM

uh...thanks?

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:04 PM

View PostRafterman, on 11 April 2012 - 08:25 PM, said:

uh...thanks?

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:27 AM

I've always found that vampire lore seems to take a turn and twist as the years pass. Now we have vampires walking around in the day light, crucifixes don't fend them off. They seem to have lost the need for a day watcher to keep them safe while they "sleep". So, it's a little hard to keep up with what the latest Vampy stuff is.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

Most of the old vampire lore comes from Stoker's interpretation. I'm a big fan of the book, although I didn't like the ease in Which Dracula was undone.


@Illuminerdi - Have you checked out Stephen King's Salem's Lot? It's based on Dracula but set in modern times.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:41 PM

View Postkeninsc, on 12 April 2012 - 01:27 AM, said:

I've always found that vampire lore seems to take a turn and twist as the years pass. Now we have vampires walking around in the day light, crucifixes don't fend them off. They seem to have lost the need for a day watcher to keep them safe while they "sleep". So, it's a little hard to keep up with what the latest Vampy stuff is.

Which is actually what vampires in fiction were like before Dracula, such as in The Vampyre, Carmilla and Varney the Vampire.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:49 PM

I was watching a programme on the tv last night called "Four Rooms",

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Four Rooms sees four of the country's top dealers in art, antiques and collectibles waiting in four different rooms, each prepared to spend their own money if the right item comes through their door. Members of the public show up with their prized possessions for sale hoping to walk away with a life-changing amount of money. They need to decide when to sell and when to see the next dealer, because once they leave the room they offer is gone for ever.

On it a man came in with the actual desk that Bram Stoker wrote Dracula on, with a letter of authenticity from a member of the Stoker family. It sold for 3000.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:39 PM

View Posttyrant lizard, on 12 April 2012 - 08:39 AM, said:

Most of the old vampire lore comes from Stoker's interpretation. I'm a big fan of the book, although I didn't like the ease in Which Dracula was undone.


@Illuminerdi - Have you checked out Stephen King's Salem's Lot? It's based on Dracula but set in modern times.
Wow, "Salem's Lot", that was the first book of King's I ever read and I swear I couldn't put it down. He tend to stick more with the "old school" vampire traits. Although the one thing I never got in any of the vampire movies of the sixties and books was when the vampire hunters went after the Alpha vampire they always went close to sunset and took too long to kill the critter before the Sun went down and he/she awoke.

.....of course in fairness to the writer and director, it wouldn't have made for nearly as much drama.  :w00t:


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:58 PM

View Postkeninsc, on 12 April 2012 - 01:27 AM, said:

I've always found that vampire lore seems to take a turn and twist as the years pass. Now we have vampires walking around in the day light, crucifixes don't fend them off. They seem to have lost the need for a day watcher to keep them safe while they "sleep". So, it's a little hard to keep up with what the latest Vampy stuff is.

I found it interesting though how detailed the rules are in the novel. In the movies the rules can be kind of vague and often the movies don't even follow their own rules or even make sense.

View Posttyrant lizard, on 12 April 2012 - 08:39 AM, said:

Most of the old vampire lore comes from Stoker's interpretation. I'm a big fan of the book, although I didn't like the ease in Which Dracula was undone.


@Illuminerdi - Have you checked out Stephen King's Salem's Lot? It's based on Dracula but set in modern times.

No but I have watched the film. I would like to read it however.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:11 PM

The book is much better than the movie (which was made for TV if I recall correctly and shows it), but although I enjoyed the book I do not think it is one of King's better novels (although it is better then most of his recent stuff).


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

Very true, but the one rule in Hollywood is that there aren't rules that are hard and fast. The priority is to make money.

I recall back when Gene Roddenberry came up with "Star Trek", he played a little fast and loose with his story lines, however when he began "Star Trek, TNG" he took the time to write out a "bible" which the writers couldn't violate. However, with time and the potential for profit, now we have a whole new bunch in a new and different timeline.


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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:23 PM

View PostConrad Clough, on 12 April 2012 - 10:11 PM, said:

The book is much better than the movie (which was made for TV if I recall correctly and shows it), but although I enjoyed the book I do not think it is one of King's better novels (although it is better then most of his recent stuff).
That was my first Stephen King book and it got me hooked on his stuff. I dabble in writing here and there but King was amazing. Honestly he could crank out novel after novel and made it look easy. I struggle with chapters and on bad days pages.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:20 AM

If you're interested in book to film adaptations you should check out the BBCs 1980s effort of Dracula. Ive seen dozens of Dracula films, including Copolas drug induced flop, and the BBC version is by far the truest to the book.

Salem's Lot is one of those archetypal "the book is better than the film" moments. Barlow in the film is just an attack dog for Straker, Whereas in the book he is the master and only uses Straker for daytime endeavours.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:18 AM

View Posttyrant lizard, on 13 April 2012 - 07:20 AM, said:

If you're interested in book to film adaptations you should check out the BBCs 1980s effort of Dracula. Ive seen dozens of Dracula films, including Copolas drug induced flop, and the BBC version is by far the truest to the book.

Salem's Lot is one of those archetypal "the book is better than the film" moments. Barlow in the film is just an attack dog for Straker, Whereas in the book he is the master and only uses Straker for daytime endeavours.

As a Dracula and Stoker aficionado you've intrigued me as I'm not familiar with a version produced by the BBC in the 1980s and now I'm wondering if I have missed one! The BBC produced a very good and faithful (it a little truncated) adaptation one in 1977 with Louis Jourdan; do you think it could be the one you are thinking of?





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