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Embracing Tragedy: The Intersection of the Real Vampire Identity and the Mythical Vampire Mystique

Across countless generations and cultures, storytellers have used some form of the vampire to appeal to audiences. Fictional representations of vampires in literature and film have variously represented, among countless other complex subjects, primal human impulses, the conflict between past and present, and, perhaps most popularly, sexuality. Responses to these presentations vary even more widely than vampiric depictions themselves, diverse worldviews and beliefs manifesting as a broad spectrum of interpretations regarding what the vampire is or should be.