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Writer's Block: Fellow Libras

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and Vlad the Impaler, the original Dracula, have the same birthday. Coincidence?
I don't know what amuses me more, the poor wording of the question or the fact that so many fail to read it properly in answering this question.

The question is about the Author vs Vlad Ţepeş aka Vlad III the Impaler aka Vlad Dracula (with the Dracula being inherited from his father who was a Dracul).

... and the original Dracula?!
Vlad the Impaler's father was Vlad Dracul or Vlad the Dragon. Thus Vlad the Impaler was Dracula or Son of the Dragon.

All we know of Vlad Tepes' birth is that it was somewhere around November or December 1431. Bram Stroker was born 8NOV1847.

So if we are going to try to stir some excitement from peons like this through birthdays that could be months apart then all I have to say is WOW.


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Nov. 8th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
If what I remember is correct Bram Stoker pretty much catapulted "Dracula" into the pop culture psyche. So even if the birthdays were the same (which people cared more about when you died than when you were born way back when) I doubt it was common knowledge.

Because like so many people would have told Bram that he had the same birthday as "Dracula" and that's why he got really interested and wrote a story about him.

A cooler questin would have been asking the relation between his novel, Nosferatu (which rocks), and Shadow of the Vampire and some mumbo jumbo about societal changes on the tale of the original Vampire.

Or teh original vampire as portrayed by society through the ages versus Vlad versus the various vampire movies.

You know there's an Asian vampiric creature who lives in water and its head is shaped like a bowl and the way you kill it is by somehow spilling the water from its head/bowl thingy.
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
"Or teh original vampire as portrayed by society through the ages versus Vlad versus the various vampire movies."

Now THIS would have been good.
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
I wonder how many people would go with Lilith as an original vampire. If I remember correctly she's often thought of as a succubus which is a form of vampire if I remember correctly. Wow, I just wrote "if I remember correctly" twice in one sentence.
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Many of Sumerian history, to include Lilitu, are considered the original vampires. You'll not in my interests and communities on LJ some links to Sumeria/Sumer. ;)
Nov. 9th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Cool, when I was younger I tried to start learning more, but a general search for Vampire or Werewolf in public libraries general pops up with stories and purely fictitious books. Can't even find much stuff on Sin Eater lore using academic article sites.
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Mhmm. It's pretty tricky to find good stuff. It takes a lot of dedicated digging.
Nov. 9th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's a shame this factoid is probably going to be spread amongst a few too many people after they see the question.
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know full well it will get buried, but there will be the one or two that see it and become educated and/or amused and that is all that matters.
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh snap, I might be the reincarnation of Bram Stoker, which means I am Dracula. LOL. The questions they ask to inspire people to write never cease to amaze.
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
If you are Dracula, then come and 'turn' me. :p
Nov. 9th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
Unfortunately due to current airline restrictions 3oz of dirt is not sufficient for my survival during flight. lol
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)

Isn't life great?!

I love it.


Nov. 8th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)

It is. Never stop living it. Never stop loving it.
Nov. 9th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
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