Vampires: Do They Exist?

From the Series The Vampire Library
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While many people assume that vampires are merely the topic of popular movies and novels, it is also true that many believe they exist in real life, too. This book examines the legends about the various forms vampires take, how they feed on the living, and the dangers of encountering them. Also included are narratives documenting encounters (both ancient and recent) with vampires, and centuries-old Church warnings about the best method of avoiding them.

Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Copyright 2011
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Reference Point
Series The Vampire Library
Language English
Number of Pages 80
ISBN 9781601521101
Title Format Reinforced book
Release Date 2011-08-01
Author Gail Stewart
Dewey 1.944
 

Booklist

Energetic and surprisingly educational, this lively five-book series seizes upon a zeitgeist topic and takes it as far as possible, delving into fact, folklore, cinema, and literature with equal aplomb.

Library Media Connection

Vampire lore has been part of human culture for thousands of years and across all continents. Vampire mania is rampant among today’s teens, and this series can strengthen any “anemic” vampire reference section. The series examines vampires from the perspective of history, literature, and film. The book on encounters uses science and medicine to explain some phenomena. While the source notes, further resources and index make this a good series for report writers, the topic and clear presentation with full-color photos and illustrations also make it a good pick for browsers. Table of Contents.

School Library Journal

The entertaining Literature, History and Lore, and Movies describe the metamorphosis the vampire persona has undergone since its early role as a truly feared monster in Babylonia and its appearance in popular 19th-century tabloid stories, to its cinema debut in a 1916 German movie and beyond. With little overlapping material, the titles describe how the characteristics of a vampire have changed as people’s understanding of the world around them has developed. “Strange as It Sounds…” sidebars house oddball facts such as “The first script of the Twilight film was very different from the book. Bella was a track star, and FBI agents used Jet Skis to chase evil vampires” (Literature). The thoroughness with which the subjects are treated and the connections made to literature and cinema make these books excellent choices. Encounters and Do They Exist? describe in more detail how, in the past, people’s ignorance about illness and death, and truly brutal historical figures (Countess Bathory and Vlad Dracula are two) led to a belief in vampires. Both titles go on to describe modern-day instances of vampirism. These volumes are darker than the other three, as the details are explicit: Encounters, for example, describes how a student stabbed his elderly neighbor 22 times, then removed her heart and drank her blood, “in an apparent attempt to turn himself into a vampire.” Of additional concern with these two titles is the vagueness of some of the source notes, especially where interviews are concerned.

School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–The entertaining Literature, History and Lore, and Movies describe the metamorphosis the vampire persona has undergone since its early role as a truly feared monster in Babylonia and its appearance in popular 19th-century tabloid stories, to its cinema debut in a 1916 German movie and beyond. With little overlapping material, the titles describe how the characteristics of a vampire have changed as people’s understanding of the world around them has developed. “Strange as It Sounds…” sidebars house oddball facts such as “The first script of the Twilight film was very different from the book. Bella was a track star, and FBI agents used Jet Skis to chase evil vampires” (Literature). The thoroughness with which the subjects are treated and the connections made to literature and cinema make these books excellent choices. Encounters and Do They Exist? describe in more detail how, in the past, people’s ignorance about illness and death, and truly brutal historical figures (Countess Bathory and Vlad Dracula are two) led to a belief in vampires. Both titles go on to describe modern-day instances of vampirism. These volumes are darker than the other three, as the details are explicit: Encounters, for example, describes how a student stabbed his elderly neighbor 22 times, then removed her heart and drank her blood, “in an apparent attempt to turn himself into a vampire.” Of additional concern with these two titles is the vagueness of some of the source notes, especially where interviews are concerned.

Author: Gail Stewart

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