A vampire heaven
The economics of salvation in Dracula and the Twilight Saga
in Open Graves, Open Minds
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This chapter explores the economics of heaven and hell represented in Dracula and Twilight. When comparing Bram Stoker's Dracula to Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga, this shift from the vampire as threat to the Christian mechanics of sin and redemption to the vampire as revenant of such a system becomes interestingly prominent. Although Meyer's vampires do not close the gates of heaven for humans by damning them, and are not the same demonic and wicked threats that Stoker's vampires are, their goodness and brightness nevertheless continue to trouble the possibility of earning salvation for humanity. Dracula and his vampire consorts must be destroyed in order to ensure that human beings remain accountable for their actions and can enjoy the rewards of immortality offered only through the differentiating wisdom of God and the Anglican Church as his solicitor.

Open Graves, Open Minds

Representations of Vampires and the Undead from the Enlightenment to the Present Day

Editors: Sam George and Bill Hughes
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