Template talk:Dracula

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I would like to suggest some changes to this template.

I am of course away that Conde Dracula and Bram Stoker's Count Dracula do not yet have articles. I am willing to write stubs of same (as I have done for Dracula (1968) and Count Dracula (1977) and Dracula (BBC).

I see two other possible considerations--namely, should the Brides of Dracula be included among the characters? And should Dracula Sucks and/or Lust For Dracula be included (these are pornographic adaptations of the novel, not simply pornography using the idea of vampires and the name "Dracula")? Zahir13 07:12, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

---I recently added a section about other films featuring Dracula (like the "sequels" previously mentioned) though I am still missing alot. I also added a "hide" feature like some other templates have, but it's hard to see (it's in the upper right corner). Lastly, does anyone know how to get the v*d*e thing on the template (view*disscuss*edit)?—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:18, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Should we mention Forgetting Sarah Marshall? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Freezing the mainstream (talkcontribs) 04:44, 2 January 2009 (UTC)


Something needs to be done about the color. We can't have jet black because it will blur out the separation lines. Unless you change those to another color, the black needs to be dimmed some, to all the accent lines to appear.  BIGNOLE   (Question?)  (What I do)  13:49, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Kim Newman[edit]

I don't see how Kim Newman's pastiches, while interesting, are worthy of being part of the main Dracula template. —Preceding unsigned comment added by BoosterBronze (talkcontribs) 19:41, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

There are in fact many solid reasons why they should be there. Perhaps you might want to start with considering their general popularity, favourable reviews and literary awards. The first Anno Dracula, for instance, won both The Children of the Night Award, The Fiction Award of the Lord Ruthven Assembly and The International Horror Critics' Guild Award. A more relevant question is: Why are books listed at the bottom, below video games? A more logical listing order might be: Characters, books, comics, stage plays, films and then video games. --Minutae (talk) 12:10, 7 November 2009 (UTC)
Including Newman's books in "Literary Sequals" as opposed to their own section "Alternate Histories" seems much more appropriate. But for interest of space, perhaps just a link to the Anno Dracula series page. Also, as "Anno Dracula" is not exactly a sequal (but an alternative reality version) I propose a different title for the section. Perhpas something akin to "Literary Adaptions" or "Pastiches," as this would also allow notable works like Saberhagen's "Dracula Tapes" BoosterBronze (talk) 16:20, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
Reworked the 'Literary Pastiche" section. Also included Salem's Lot, as Stephen King is very vocal that this notable novel is a blatant reworking of "Dracula."BoosterBronze (talk) 17:06, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
Newman's books are not pastiches, as they don't attempt to mimic Stoker's or anyone else's literary style. They are fairly straight sequels, in that they take place after the point in time where Stoker's novel ends, involves most of the same characters in a continuation of the same story, and employs the traditional sequel trick, informing us that the villain didn't die after all. The fact that these books are also alternate universe stories neither makes them pastiches or non-sequels. --Minutae (talk) 23:15, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
They're not sequals in the sense that they hinge on the idea that the entire second half of Dracula didn't happen and he not only survived, but conquered England. I'm all for a better title for the section on literary works adapted from some aspect of "Dracula" but 'sequals' doesn't fit the Anno Draculas. BoosterBronze (talk) 17:46, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
You seem to have a somewhat limited idea of what a sequel is, but perhaps you mainly know the term from modern blockbuster movies that tend to be fairly linear. By the way, it is spelled "sequel" not "sequal". --Minutae (talk) 00:30, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
I added the "Historian" since it was such a major best-seller about Dracula, and another pseudo-sequal. We need to come up with both a fitting title for the literary section, as well as some kind of standard for notability of what shoud be included. BoosterBronze (talk) 19:59, 10 November 2009 (UTC)


Given the sheer ammount of Dracula material out there, some standard of notability needs to be in place for this template, otherwise it becomes an unmanagelbe and not helpful regurgitation of the "Dracula in Pop Culture" article. I deleted a number of films from the list, for extreme obscurity and not really being a Dracula cenetered movie (LXG and Waxworks). I think even more can and should be removed for ease of navigation. BoosterBronze (talk) 17:11, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Given the near endless ammont of Drcula novels in publication, the following books seem notable enough to include in the main template. Many good books (among them Saberhagen's "Dracula Tape," Freda Warrington's "Dracula the Undead") don't seem significant enough, and should probably just be mentioned on the "In Popular Culture" page.

'Salems Lot- Huge best-seller, notable author, two film adaptaions. Anno Dracula- Successful series. Bloodline- Had a sequel The Historian- International bestseller Fangland- Film in production with John Carpenter The Un-Dead- Lots and lots of press coverage due to co-author's lineage. BoosterBronze (talk) 20:16, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

Just an idea to help reduce the clutter - how about we exclude any works that are adaptations of anything other than the original Stoker novel? For example, right now we have Van Helsing and the Van Helsing video game, and the Coppola film and the video game based on the Coppola film. I suggest we remove the two games, as they are both mentioned briefly in the articles for the films. After all, if we include all the tie-in games, then you could say we'd have to include the various novelisations of the films... NeilEm (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 10:30, 23 November 2011 (UTC).

"Bram Stoker's"[edit]

I noticed someone had changed the heading for this template to Bram Stoker's "Dracula", probably someone unformilior with the original novel, so I changed it back. IndridCold13 (talk) 23:28, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

Transylvania 6-5000[edit]

Why is the 1985 film Transylvania (6-5000) included in this template? The name "Dracula" is certainly mentioned in that film several times and one character is referred to as "a lady Dracula" but no character called Dracula appears in it. Simon Peter Hughes (talk) 12:40, 9 October 2012 (UTC)


"Dracula/The Rose" has no place here, and I wonder how TonyTheTiger got the certain knowledge that this was Stoker-derived: the song is in Dutch, and there are no hits for "Claw boys claw dracula stoker" anywhere. If you understood the lyric, you'd know that this is at best a parody of some vague, general notions about Dracula, but I doubt that Frankenstein supplied Dracula with the recipe for wine made from bones. I've removed the template from the article as well. Drmies (talk) 20:45, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

  • Drmies, I don't think the proper test of elements of this template is whether it is truly Stoker-derived. I think much of the content is merely related to general notions about Dracula.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 01:36, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

I think actually you can put it in the Dracula in popular culture section. BrettWarr1 (talk) 22:35, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

The Chase - Doctor Who story[edit]

Should the Doctor Who story The Chase be added to episodes? its 4th episode "Journey into Terror" features Dracula (albeit a version which turns out to be robot) played by Malcolm Rogers. Dunarc (talk) 23:39, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Too minor, I think. Little more than a cameo. oknazevad (talk) 00:16, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I think you are probably right. Dunarc (talk) 19:11, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Another Van Helsing Video Game?[edit]


Does this game belong in the Van Helsing list of video games? Wasn't sure...but the full Xbox One title is "The World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap" ...no problem either way just wanted to get awareness out there. Thanks! Scottymoze (talk) 14:11, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

Doctor Who audios[edit]

I am wondering that if Legend of the Cybermen is included here, whether Son of the Dragon should also be. Dunarc (talk) 16:44, 20 February 2018 (UTC)


What do editors think about collapsing the 'Film' section per the {{Frankenstein}} template, which prominently presents the word 'Films' and describes how to open the section. I tried to see what it would look like but can't get the coding right. Randy Kryn (talk) 02:29, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Randy Kryn, I generally dislike collapsing sections, but don't fight with people who redesign my templates with collapsing.-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 19:54, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
    • I don't like them either, although some work well (the prehistoric technology template is the best example I can think of right now). This section came about after another discussion was mentioning the need to collapse a template and I remembered the Frankenstein template, which brought me to this one on an edit run. And no need to fix what isn't broken. Randy Kryn (talk) 21:02, 18 September 2018 (UTC)


As this template is now it's way too big, it would be best to change it to several navboxes. One for the Dracula book, one for films, one for television etc.★Trekker (talk) 06:33, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

  • The question is whether readers of film articles are interested in television or book content or whether readers of book articles are interested in film or television content. I think the readers have cross-navigation interest that justifies a single template. However, I suggest starting the conversation at a place like Wikipedia:WikiProject Templates, where greater expertise could be attached to this conversation.-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 13:38, 31 May 2019 (UTC)
    • *Treker, I was watching for your response. Is this discussion done?-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 21:18, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
      • Sorry, I didn't keep the page on my watchlist for some reason. I stand by that the current page is too large to navigate comfortably as of now.★Trekker (talk) 21:57, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
        • *Treker, do you want to discuss this at somplace like Wikipedia:WikiProject Templates?-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 06:38, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
          • Yes. I will do that soon.★Trekker (talk) 09:31, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
            • Hi again, I went ahead and boldly split it off into two navboxes, I kept this one for the main topic of the book, and made Template:Adaptations of Dracula for all the derivative media. Maybe in the future further splits will be done by media but right now I felt it was easiest to make two.★Trekker (talk) 15:54, 21 September 2019 (UTC)
              • *Treker, did I miss the discussion that we were going to hold for broader input. The act of splitting these templates is odd to me. Aside from Sherlock Holmes, I don't recall seeing this type of split for other media subjects?-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 17:57, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
                • Wen't ahead and made split it boldly because there have been several more articles made on the specific subject of the original book and its' publication history since then. As for other media subjects, most Superhero templates are split up between the characters main template and a other media template.★Trekker (talk) 19:09, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
                  • Superheros have way more content than Dracula. Batman has more content than any other that I have seen. Superman, Aquaman, has about as much as Sherlock Holmes. Wonder Woman sort of has a Dracula amount of content, which is an amount that can pretty much all be seen in one screen on my 17" laptop. I personally, don't think that amount of content rises to needing a split, but is is more content than most of the things I work on. Again, I really don't see the benefit for a split of an amount of content that I can see on one screen, but it is on the high end of amount of content for my work.-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 03:47, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
                    • They really don't. Dracula is the single most adapted piece of literature ever written, the fact that this template doens't show that is one of the many reasons it's rather terrible as is. There are likley dozens upon dozens of articles which arne't even featured on the Dracula template that itn't there.

If you are going to insist on a split, then you should clean up the template presentation. When I looked at Dracula, your new template was not even there. Have you swapped in your new template on all the proper pages.-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 03:47, 26 September 2019 (UTC)

I did try to fix where each tempalte should be, sorry I didn't accomplish it in the timeframe you would have wanted, but there are about a hundred articles here and I have other stuff which has shown up in my life too.★Trekker (talk) 12:02, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Just saw this, and think the good faith split should be reverted. The template is not too large because it is structured well and coherently. The problem with this proposed split is that all of the film, television, and the rest of the popular culture pages will not include the main universe template - which is where the meat of the topic is. That's important to an overall subject, and rather than giving readers a divided view the unsplit template provides the full topic map to all of the entries. Randy Kryn (talk) 04:31, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Its not structured well or coherently and it is far too large. It's a confusing mess to read.★Trekker (talk) 12:02, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Neither {{Dracula}} or {{Adaptations of Dracula}} seem confusing to me (films, music, etc. are laid out quite well, and maybe with a few tweaks would look even better). The entire template included the smallish "Dracula" section laying out the majorly important entries of the Dracula universe and the larger adaptations section. What would now be missing on the template placed on film pages, for example, will be the background articles which define the topic. I don't think this was agreed to in the discussion, and probably should be returned to its former all-inclusive Wikipedia topic-map state. Randy Kryn (talk) 13:05, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
*Treker, I thought the split was unnecessary and the only other party who has expressed an opinion has opposed the split. Keep in mind that these templates are only used on desktop versions of wikipedia. Thus, I think my 17" screen test of whether it is too large is not so bad. There was certainly no consensus to split and it is 2:1 in favor of reverting the split. Either we should have a broader discussion somewhere or revert the template to its prior unified state.--TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 03:20, 27 September 2019 (UTC)
Make that 3–1 against. I just don't see the need for a split, and Randy's reasoning about the separate template not containing links to significant elements is quite sound; notably, the adaptations template has no link to Bram Stoker whatsoever. Also, conversely, the last section of the adaptations template is material that truly belongs on the main template regardless of any split. I just think this was a good-faith but hasty move that isn't really needed. oknazevad (talk) 11:24, 27 September 2019 (UTC)
*Treker, it is looking like a revert is called for. Do you have any other thoughts?-TonyTheTiger (T / C / WP:FOUR / WP:CHICAGO / WP:WAWARD) 22:05, 29 September 2019 (UTC)