By Dr Light Duncan
For many within the West, Romania is synonymous with count number Dracula. because the ebook of Bram Stoker's recognized novel in 1897 Transylvania (and via extension, Romania) has turn into inseparable within the Western mind's eye with Dracula, vampires and the supernatural. additionally, because the past due Sixties Western travelers have travelled to Transylvania on their lonesome searches for the literary and supernatural roots of the Dracula delusion. Such 'Dracula tourism' offers Romania with a quandary. On one hand, Dracula is Romania's particular promoting element and has huge power to be exploited for monetary achieve. nevertheless, the full suggestion of vampires and the supernatural is starkly at odds with Romania's self-image as a contemporary, built, ecu nation. This ebook examines the way in which that Romania has negotiated Dracula tourism during the last 4 decades.
During the communist interval (up to 1989) the Romanian nation did virtually not anything to motivate such tourism yet reluctantly tolerated it. even though, a few discrete neighborhood projects have been built to cater for Dracula lovers that operated on the margins of legality in a communist nation. within the post-communist interval (after 1989) any try to censor Dracula has disappeared and the personal area in Romania has been fast to take advantage of the industrial probabilities of the count number. even if, the Romanian country is still ambivalent approximately Dracula and is still reluctant to inspire or advertise Dracula tourism. As such Romania's difficulty with Dracula continues to be unresolved.