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Let the Right One In$
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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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Vampire Rules

Vampire Rules

You Have to Invite Me in.

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(p.101) Vampire Rules
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Let the Right One In
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Anne Billson

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.003.0014

This chapter probes the public fascination with vampires caused by the panoply of rules and rituals that have arisen around them, such as drinking blood, casting no reflection, or turning into other creatures. It demonstrates how vampire films and novels often ring changes on the rules and rituals, but still pay lip-service to some or all of them to some degree. It also describes Eli in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In, whose condition of drinking blood and avoiding sunlight to survive is explained by a non-supernatural medical condition, such as porphyria. The chapter reviews one of the key scenes in Let the Right One In when Oskar asks Eli what would happen if she came into his flat without an invitation, and she proceeds to show him. It explains the vampire's need for an invitation as an invention of Bram Stoker.

Keywords:   Let the Right One In, Tomas Alfredson, public fascination, vampires, vampire films, porphyria, sunlight

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