wildchild1954 wrote:Crimson Dragon wrote:The correct spelling is Vlad Tepes. "Tepesh" is used just to give people who don't speak romanian, a clue on how to pronounce it, although the correct one would be "Tzepesh".
Dragon you are going to be a really handy person!! I've always wondered just exactly how it was pronounced but couldn't find a definite answer.
Crimson Dragon wrote:Yeah, that's right, it has to be spelled like this: Vlad Ţepeş. I don't use those letters when i write in romanian so i didn't think of writing the name like that. And those letters can be used just by changing the language settings of the keyboard, or at least that's what i think it takes.
wildchild1954 wrote:Crimson Dragon wrote:Yeah, that's right, it has to be spelled like this: Vlad Ţepeş. I don't use those letters when i write in romanian so i didn't think of writing the name like that. And those letters can be used just by changing the language settings of the keyboard, or at least that's what i think it takes.
Actually you find all those funny little things like Ţ or ý in your Operating Systems character map. You can change the font around until you find one with the marks you need and then you're off and running.
Jeaniene_Frost wrote:I'm starting a thread on Vlad myself, since I'm very curious to hear what all of you thought of him. Truthfully, when I started out writing a vampire series, I never intended to mess with the Dracula legend. Right up until I was halfway through writing At Grave's End, I STILL never intended to mess with it. But there I was, typing that scene where Bones says, "Mencheres is here...he's not alone" and - boom! - Vlad popped up in my head fully formed as a character. That only happens once in a blue moon for me (Tate was another one of those). Normally I have to coax side characters from my head and pry their personalities out of them, but Vlad practically shoved himself onto the page and dared me to delete him, lol.
Then once I knew he was there to stay in the story, I did a lot of research on the historical figure of Vlad Tepesh (or Tepes, both spellings appeared in research). I found the records to be very interesting; depending on who gave the accounting back in the fourteen or fifteen hundreds (Germany or Russia) - Vlad was either a raving homicidal dictator or a harsh but protective prince who was renowned for his honesty. The variance between the two descriptions made Vlad a more interesting character to me, and the "harsh but protective prince" personality is the one that best suited the person who'd popped into Cat's living room . I really wanted to show Vlad as more than the monster so famously described in Bram Stoker's novel and/or in movie retellings, but of course, it's hard to separate Vlad Tepesh from the Dracula shadow.
So, with that way-too-long backstory, what'd everyone think of him?
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