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as you probably already know, bram stoker’s count dracula was based upon vlad the impaler who, last time i checked, is famous for defending medieval southeastern europe against the invading ottoman turks…and is infamous for sticking thousands of those turks’ heads on spikes (and plenty of other people’s, too…who knew?!).

an exellent choice as far as inspirational-historic-individuals-for-evil-vampires goes, really!

vlad, like his father before him, was a member of the order of the dragon, sworn to:

“…crush the pernicious deeds of the same perfidious Enemy, and of the followers of the ancient Dragon, and (as one would expect) of the pagan knights, schismatics, and other nations of the Orthodox faith, and those envious of the Cross of Christ, and of our kingdoms, and of his holy and saving religion of faith, under the banner of the triumphant Cross of Christ….”

yeah. bit over the top, maybe, but the order was established to keep the turks at bay and keep (their approved version of) christianity as the rule of the day (it was the 1400s). a chivalric order. crusaders. like it or not, these are the guys who helped to keep europe european.

well, now, the new sky/nbc Dracula series has got

SPOILER AERT!

…count dracula (working with van helsing?!) seeking revenge on the order of the dragon guys ’cause they’re all bad guys…apparently they were in the middle ages, and they still are in the late-1800s when dracula is “resurrected.”

no, no, no. don’t mess with the story like THAT! *facepalm* making it totally politically correct. *sheesh*

is NOTHING sacred anymore?! =/

oh, and like stephen king (sorta) said: vampires should be scary, not sparkly. but that’s a whole other discussion.

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