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Did Barnabas change Dracula?


I've often thought Barnabas Collins humanized Dracula.


When Max Schreck played Dracula in the '20s and Bela Lugosi played Dracula in the '30s and Christopher Lee played Dracula in the '50s and '60s, the character was never shown in a very sympathetic light; he was a predator and a sociopath.


And I don't recall him written as all that tormented or sympathetic in Bram Stoker's original novel either (although it's been quite a while since I've read it).


But after DARK SHADOWS, cinema portraits of Dracula seemed to change, the character morphing into a haunted, tragic, tormented figure.


Did Barnabas Collins out-Dracula Dracula? And, hence, was Dracula obliged to be made more compelling by painting him in a more sympathetic light like Barnabas?


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Yes, every vampire became pussified. This is the reason I liked that Interview with the Vampire had both the sympathetic and the monster.

Vampires are monsters or creatures. Not sympathetic, like Barnabas...although, they say that Varney, the Vampire was the first sympathetic vampire. I have not gotten through that monster of a book yet to determine this.

I finally read Dracula, and though a background character actually, he was what a vampire was supposed to be.

Swing away, Merrill....Merrill, swing away...

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I like the tormented vampires.

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Exactly. I like the original Barnabas better than what he became but they had to "humanize" him to keep him at the center of the story.
(Dracula is my favorite book. So, I judge all vampires by that one:)

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He started out as a Dracula clone but, as time passed, was allowed to develop his own character.

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It was the typical soap opera plot element where a character introduced as a temporary villain becomes popular and slowly becomes sympathetic and likeable.

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