Dracula (The One) Vs. Edward Cullen (Twilight vampire)
Vampires are some of the most enduring and interesting figures in fiction. Mysterious and feared, yet enticing and seductive, the image of a pale, nearly immortal bloodsucker has endured for centuries.
Though the idea of the vampire has existed since at least the 1700’s, it was 1897’s Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, which truly thrust the vampire into the realm of popular culture. Hundreds of movie, TV, comic book and video game adaptations followed, most of them not deviating too far from Stoker’s vision. Even Bela Lugosi’s famed filmed portrayal, which set the image of Dracula in stone for many people, is largely based on what Stoker wrote down.
Lately, however, a new kind of vampire has appeared, in the form of Edward Cullen. The Twilight character, while still a pale, nearly immortal bloodsucker, bears little resemblance to the archetypical vampire we’ve been exposed to for the past 120+ years. Not everybody likes this change, and Cullen seems to garner just as much hate as he does love.
But when you really compare the two, is Cullen really that bad of a vampire? Or is Dracula, even after a point-by-point analysis, still the King Of All Vampires? Let’s find out, together.
Dracula’s powers are numerous: super-strength and speed, expert hypnosis, immortality, and the ability to shapeshift into just about anything. While most popularly a bat, he can become a wolf, a dog, and even fog. The bat gives him the power of flight, and the fog allows him to slip into just about any nook and cranny imaginable.
Of course, Dracula did not use these powers for good. He is pure evil, and focuses his days on equal parts hedonism and world domination. He was a feared warrior in his human life (depending on who you talk to, the character might well have been based on Vlad The Impaler,) and is a vicious consumer of human blood. While he could dine on animal blood, he much prefers humans, and goes to any lengths to do so.
In addition, Dracula has power over other vampire and, if he wanted to create an entire army of evil vampires, he very well could. As proven by his three brides, Dracula is totally capable of using his charisma to control others, without letting emotions such as “love” and “compassion” get in the way.
Edward Cullen Pros
Despite his reputation among critics as an emo pantywaist, Edward Cullen is actually a ridiculously powerful vampire. Cullen possesses most of Dracula’s powers as described above, but does not share his weaknesses. Cullen can consume garlic, does not lose his powers in the sunlight (his skin merely sparkles,) is not harmed by water, cannot be staked through the heart, can look at a cross without being blinded, and does not need to sleep. His only physical weakness appears to be fire.
In addition, while Dracula is described as attractive and sensual, Cullen takes it to a whole new level. His genetic makeup creates a literally flawless physical appearance, with skin basically made from diamonds and free from any and all blemishes. This ultra-attractiveness makes it easier to lure in prey, both human and animal.
Finally, unlike Dracula, Cullen can survive just fine on animal blood. While it’s established that human blood is the preferred drink of vampires, and Cullen’s instincts are constantly telling him to drink from humans such as Bella, there are plenty of “vegetarian” vampires who abstain from humans, and Cullen is one of them. This does not affect his health or powers in the least.
Despite his many famous powers, Dracula has a shockingly high number of weaknesses, which can be easily exploited. He can’t go near garlic, fire or crosses, and cannot cross water or be in direct sunlight without being significantly weakened. In addition, he cannot enter a home without the homeowner’s permission, even in fog form. In short, if you know Dracula is an evil bloodthirsty vampire, just lock yourself in a house and don’t let him in. As long as you stay inside, you’re guaranteed to be safe.
In addition, while Dracula could theoretically drink animal blood, it seems to provide him very little actual nutrients. However, he MUST drink human blood if he wants to survive and thrive. He can’t die of starvation, and does not need to feast when he is sleeping. However, if he’s awake, he gets weaker and weaker without human blood. Keep everybody away from him, and he might not last very long.
Finally, Dracula requires sleep, and lots of it. However, he can’t sleep in a bed, or on a couch, or much of anywhere really. He must sleep in “boxes of earth;” this usually translates to a coffin, though the coffin must be filled with dirt. If these boxes are destroyed, as Van Helsing and company did, he is unable to sleep, and thus is weakened to the point where he’s far easier to kill.
Edward Cullen Cons
The absolute biggest issue with Cullen is, as his critics have maintained, that he is not aggressive in the least. His powers, and lack of weaknesses, could make him one of the most feared villains in history, but it’s just not in him. He’s not a fighter, and actually falls in love with a human, something Dracula would never do.
Even when confronted with a rival, such as an evil vampire who wishes to drink from Bella, or a werewolf who also falls for Bella, Cullen does not fight. His family vanquished the evil vampire for him, and he simply argues with the werewolf.
In addition, though Cullen may possess many of Dracula’s powers, shapeshifting and flying are not among them. Powerful shapeshifters do exist in his world, but Cullen is limited to being himself.
You have Cullen’s biggest weakness: his emotions. He is constantly battling with his inner desires that boil down to “kill Bella and drink her blood.” He actively strives to betray his vampiric instincts at every turn: no human blood, no murder, no world domination, and falls in love. Even when Bella requests to become a vampire, so she may live with him forever, he refuses up until the very end, though he is emotionally torn by this decision over and over again. In short, he is blinded by love, which can be just as much a weakness as any, especially if he and his clan are waging war against a bunch of aggressive werewolves.
As you can see, comparing Edward Cullen to Dracula is not as cut-and-dry as one might think. Dracula is powerful and evil, with a surprisingly high number of weaknesses. Cullen is actually more powerful, with fewer weaknesses, but might simply be too good-hearted to realize his full potential as a vampire.
In addition, Dracula has a long-term reputation as the Ultimate vampire, whereas Cullen does not. Do you think Cullen can take the crown? Or is Dracula’s evil nature more powerful than Cullen’s goodness? Let us know with your vote and comment!