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Anne Billson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733506

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.001.0001

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The Vampire’s Lifestyle

The Vampire’s Lifestyle

Are You, Like, Poor?

(p.87) The Vampire’s Lifestyle
Let the Right One In

Anne Billson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses traditional vampires that live in large cob-webbed castles or crumbling stately mansions or sometimes dabble in real estate or property development, such as in the film The Satanic Rites of Dracula in 1973. The chapter points out how vampires are generally depicted as wealthy individuals who rarely have to worry about income or housing. It also considers the Twilight movies, where the Cullen 'family' resides not in a castle or old dark house but an airy modern Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home. The chapter reviews the character Eli in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, who contents herself with a bog-standard flat on a Swedish housing estate where she customizes the bathroom to turn it into a light-tight nest. It explores Eli and Håkan's flat that bears all the hallmarks of an environment where the occupants have lost interest in the superficial trappings of life.

Keywords:   Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, traditional vampires, Swedish housing estate, residence

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