Tuesday 16 April 2013

A Brief History of Vampires by M. J. Trow - Book Review

Title: A Brief History of Vampires
Author: M. J. Trow
Publisher: Running Press
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Genre: Non-Fiction / Myth & Folklore  
Source: Xmas Gift

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With the phenomenal success of the Twilight series and the popularity of shows like True Blood on HBO, vampires continue to be embedded in popular culture. Vampires have haunted readers and movie lovers for centuries and have been interpreted in every genre since.M. J. Trow charts the whole phenomena from its origins, depicting the story of warrior-prince Vlad of Wallachia (aka Dracula), who defended Europe against the Muslim invaders in fifteenth-century Europe. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Approaching A Brief History of Vampires, I had expected a bit more about vampires in popular culture. I was expecting to read a little of Vlad Tepes and the impact of Dracula and then look at the development of vampires through modern culture.

There was a little about vampires on screen etc. in the first third of the book, but then the rest was dedicated to the life and times of Vlad Tepes. There was nothing wrong with this in itself and I had no issues with the author's research or writing, but I have read books on the man's life before and there was, therefore, nothing new to me in this text.

If you are keen on history and interested in vampires, this could be a good read for you, but if you already know a lot about the subject, it is likely redundant.

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