My final paper for my Victorian Lit class is due soon, and I'm thinking of making the topic something akin to "'The Sign of Four' and 'Dracula': The effect of Conan Doyle and Stoker's novels on modern popular culture, specifically in television" I hope to examine the (arguably, since Conan Doyle publically admired Poe's writings) original mystery/detective/guy-with-a-sidekick genre and the most popular vampire novel pre-Anne Rice as inspirations for the TV hits "House" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
In my research for the latter half,I was wondering what you all thought of the notion of Buffy has a combination of Mina and Lucy, from "Dracula." Mina is a more studious character, and in her desire to be helpful to her husband, ends up being the key factor in defeating Dracula, the one with the connection to him, the one who plans and who leads to the discovery of how to defeat him. Lucy, on the other hand, is a modern woman, or "New Woman," a woman who is proposed to by three men, and wishes to marry them all. For her "heresy" she is made into a demon and is only purified in death.
Also, I was wondering if anyone knew of any articles (currently available on the web, please) that reference why Joss chose vampires, as opposed to, I don't know, zombies, or five headed chickens. Also, any articles discussing the Season 5 opener "Dracula" would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for all your help!