Vampires, and stories about them, have been around for centuries, especially from the late 1890s when Bram Stoker's famous novel "Dracula" appeared. This novel sort of spawned the popularity of vampires.
In 2010 there is still a huge fascination with vampires of all descriptions. Instead of the villainous Count Dracula, modern day vampires have branched out into being suave and glamorous and even acting quite human. However, the supposed susceptibility of garlic and light and crucifixes and weird sleeping habits mostly still remain in vampire story lines. Some of that has changed in modern vampires.
The breakout movie "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi that was produced in 1931 was the brainchild of most all vampire stories using Stoker's descriptions and Victorian times and places and was a great hit. It is still shown on TV. We all know the story of Dracula and of his hunger and thirst for human blood. He used his charm to appeal to his victims and offered to give them life eternity with a twist that they in turn will become the same as he. He was the first caped crusader long before Superman appeared.
Many young people are so engrossed in vampires that big money is now being made on the screen and TV. There have been many adaptations of Count Dracula, including comedies. The 1979 "Love at First Bite" comes to mind immediately and was a huge entertaining success as George Hamilton played the caped one moving to New York to secure a bride in the form of Susan St. James. Of course, there have been many movies mostly about Dracula and his pals having a drink or two in his castle in Transylvania. We have seen "'Salem's Lot" and of course "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and "Dark Shadows" that kept us glued to our TV sets in the 70s. Then along came "Buffy," "The Daybreakers" and "Interview With the Vampire," bringing Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt together seducing many victims in several centuries throughout the world. There were many more stories and films too numerous to mention.
More recently, we have "The Twilight Saga," which is probably a neverending series on film written by Stephenie Meyer and is so popular, especially with the younger generation. In "Twilight," we see a change in the culture of the vampire, where they can actually be outside in the daytime and in sunshine. They do remain superhuman, love stories develop, and garlic has no power over these new vampires. Forget the wooden stakes, also, with these modern blood drinkers and, get this - some are even vegetarians. What would Dracula say about that?
We must say that, as of now, the vampire is a huge fixture in popular fiction. Some people actually cling to the belief of vampires, their own fear of death and a chance of being immortal. Even living the life of a vampire would certainly be no cake walk and would have its ups and downs and sleepless days and curdling nights driving you batty, especially knowing it is an eternity thing.
Vampires will always be popular because of their mystique and their life span, which is forever, unless a wooden stake appears. Authors like Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer's books and movies will always be in demand because of the subjects and characters that bring an interest to the reader and maybe their own beliefs. After all, we do know that vampires are just mythological beings who subsist by feeding on blood of living humans and animals, and the belief in vampires is as old as time itself but still interesting.
Be careful, though, if you cut yourself and someone is watching you. Beware!