What's interesting about the enduring fascination of Dracula and his mythic presence in all of the vampire fiction and movies is the gnawing sense of fear it betrays amongst humans. It's not just a fear of being bitten by a vampire and so joining the ranks of the undead, it's a fear of annihilation at the species level. Humanity fears for its survival, and the vampire reflcts that sense of foreboding. That's why there are some stories that have 'good' vampires, like the new FANGFORCE book. I've been debating some of these issues at and trying to understand just what's going on. For instance, some physicists and mathematicians (real ones, not fictional ones!) have done the math in terms of vampiric epidemiology. They worked out that if, in 1600 when the first vampire stories appeared, one vampire had bitten one human, and then that human had bitten another... and so on... it would have only taken two and half years to wipe out the human race (if there were just 500 million around at that time). Clearly, that didn't happen. So, vampires are not unthinking predators. All interesting stuff. I hope the new series from NBC plays with the different layers of Bram Stoker's novel more than other treatments in the past. There's actually a lot going on in the book - fears of invasion, fear of America (honestly, there is), and changing Victorian attitudes to sex. Let's see.

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