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Old 05-25-2019, 07:37 PM   #76
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Sounds like a good thesis - the evolution of vampires in literature. I thought this article was interesting.
https://the-artifice.com/vampires-in-literature-themes/

For very recent books, there is the Clairmont family of vampires in Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy. When Silas mentioned there were dark things in his past, it was the vampire Matthew Clairmont from this series that popped into my mind. Obviously this series was written after The Graveyard Book but as mentioned it's a recurring theme in literature. The television series adaptation of the first book, A Discovery of Witches, is currently showing on AMC and BBC America. It has a great cast of well-known actors. I watched it earlier this year on Sundance NOW.
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I like these layers too. I also liked the historical references, and I think I would have had fun as a young reader figuring out Silas was a vampire without it being directly stated too. On the other side, even though it was a coming of age story, I liked how it also addressed the adult side of letting go as children mature and enter the adult world. I thought the ending scenes between Bod and his Owens “parents” were very touching and well done.
C.S. Lewis regarded children’s literature as a specific art form and one of its pleasures was that adults would get even more from it than children because they had more to give. Personally, I think that his insight is just as applicable to YA Literature—perhaps even more so. The Graveyard Book and Coraline offer a great deal in terms of thematic depth and moral relevance.
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Thanks for that article, Bookworm-Girl. It is interesting to see how a figure of fear can evolve over time. Apart from Dracula, I don’t think I have read any other books with vampires in them, sparkling or still, until I came to Silas. Gaiman certainly makes us want to know more about him.

On your point, fantasyfan, I think that the great works of children’s literature live on because there is indeed so much for the adult to enjoy too. Reading one of the Alice books aloud to a child is a great pleasure for both parties. It’s a happy memory for me of doing just that with my small niece and nephew many years ago.
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Bookpossum, you may enjoy J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, which I read when the old MobileRead Book Club selected it. I also really enjoyed Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian (see description below). Oddly I've read several books with vampires in them but never Dracula!
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Generations of historians have risked their reputations, their sanity, and even their lives to learn the truth about Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. Now one young woman must decide whether to take up this quest herself-to follow her father in a hunt that nearly brought him to ruin years ago, when he was a vibrant young scholar and her mother was still alive. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler have to do with the modern world? Is it possible that the Dracula of myth truly existed-and that he has lived on, century after century, pursuing his own unknowable ends? The answers to these questions cross time and borders, as first the father and then the daughter search for clues, from dusty Ivy League libraries to Istanbul, Budapest, and the depths of Eastern Europe
One of the things that I liked about The Graveyard Book was that it took these figures of fear and a scary place like a graveyard and made them friendly and home-like and safe to Bod. I think in the book the graveyard area was even described as part of a nature preserve for the community. Gaiman obviously has a different perspective on graveyards since he took his young son to play in one, which inspired him for the setting of this book.
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