There is a report that Robert Pattinson, who plays the pale, cadaverous vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” film series, is related to none other than Vlad the Impaler, the 15th Century Balkan noble who was the inspiration for Dracula.
While this story sounds suspiciously like studio hype in advance of the next upcoming film in the “Twilight” franchise, the temptation to compare and contrast is just too overpowering to resist.
Edward Cullen, the vampire played by Robert Pattinson, is a soulful, quiet, polite gentleman, as would befit a 90-year-old in the body of a 17 year old. Edward treats his human lover Bella with great respect and restraint, going no further than smoldering looks for fear that love-making would drive him to drain her of every last corpuscle. Edward is more than capable of self-sacrifice, willing to die for his human lover.
No wonder teenage girls will squeal as in the midst of orgasms at the very sight of Robert Pattinson as Edward.
This writer finds Edward just a little bit dull for his taste. What does Bella see in him? More importantly, what does he see in Bella?
Vlad the Impaler was a different sort altogether. Vlad the Impaler was so named for his practice of taking his enemies and impaling them in painful parts of their bodies on wooden stakes, en masse, so that they would die slow, lingering deaths. Thus, Vlad would spread terror and demoralize his enemies, mainly Ottoman Turks, but just about anyone, including rebellious peasants, would do.
Vlad the Impaler was the inspiration for the granddaddy of all vampires, Count Dracula (meaning, “son of the dragon”). Dracula does not recognize any restraint on his behavior, believing himself on top of the food chain, even when it concerns Mina, the object of his desire. Dracula has been played on film by such diverse thespians as Bela Lugosi, Frank Langella, George Hamilton, Christopher Lee, and Gary Oldman.
Frankly, one would have been more believing if one heard that Stephen Moyer or Alexander Skarsgard, Bill and Eric, respectively, from “True Blood,” were related to Vlad the Impaler. Both could give old Vlad a run for his money for their bad ass capacity.
Edward, poor pale, scrawny, soulful Edward? He would not last five minutes in the company of Vlad the Impaler or Count Dracula. Either version would have Edward on a stake in an eye blink, and then Bella would be at his mercy.
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