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?