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January 16, 2018

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Vampire stuff is way popular... could you also ask them to compare the rules they develop on the book to say, 2 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the book/movie twilight? I think that would be way fun (though I understand that twilight is controversial for other reasons unrelated to vampirishness)

Like Hypatia Cade, I was thinking about the rules in Buffy. Or the old TV show Forever Knight. It would be interesting to look at those, and then think about them in comparison with some of the rules for encounters with the Devil (as in Faustus, or Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale). (Those tend to have to do with Christian ideas that in order to sin one had to do it knowingly, or it didn't quite count. So the devil can mislead, but can't quite lie.)

Bardiac, it's that idea of sin that I found so fascinating in Dracula -- probably because I was raised Christian, and so the Faustus idea that you have to sin knowingly is the one that seems "right" to me! Mina Harker has the greatest Christian faith in the novel, and yet something done to her makes her "unclean" in the eyes of God.

Hypatia, I am a devotee of Buffy! And D and I used to joke about the variability in rules over the multiple episodes. How much sun can a vampire take? Well, it depends on the episode!

One of the reasons that I want students to compile the rules in Dracula is that they've probably been so influenced by other vampire stories they will assume those are The Rules, not realizing that each author comes up with his or her own rules, within a certain framework. I also think they've been influenced by the idea of the sexy, tortured vampire, whereas Dracula is just a monster -- he's no Angel!

But Mina has been joined to a different Body, as it were. I haven't read D in ages, but the connection with blood makes me think that Stoker must be working with a sort of 1 Cor 10 hæmotheology…

AKMA, that's interesting. I've just reread 1 Cor 10 and am especially struck by verse 21: "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons." And the Holy Wafer is directly opposed to drinking blood; it's what burns Mina's forehead, and a circle drawn in the earth with a blessed communion wafer becomes an impassable barrier.

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