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The vampires in this are soulless, not misunderstood, and kill children and anyone that gets in their way without remorse. Because of this you get to see how it all slowly melds together, and what each character really is thinking, and a much more personal aspect of the story that allows you to really feel for each of them as if these were actual historical letters that someone has stitched together. And I do so hope people were ever like this, this goodness and bravery and the way in which they talk so passionately about everything.
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Though I would advise getting a version that has footnotes to explain certain things. Such as words that are no longer used in this way. As well as some of things that are referenced. So there are no vampires in Transylvania?
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The vulgar fictions of a demented Irishman. It takes places over seven months and involves many points of view as it is told in an epistolary style. The story is well known: I really wanted to enjoy this novel, it really should have been a slam dunk for me, yet it took me a month to read. The book is told in a quasi real time through journal entries, logs, letters and newspaper articles. While I loved this approach, I really thought that actual prose in between these things may have benefited the story.
I felt like I was missing so much and that Stoker could have taken time to explain some things instead of relying on coincidence. I felt as if everyone wrote the same way in their journals.
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For part of the book Mina and Jonathan seem very much identical in so far as their writing and personalities were concerned. The journal entries did not feel like entries, there are times when people especially Van Helsing do these impossibly long soliloquies and it's all quoted perfectly which didn't feel real to me.
I really liked Mina, Jonathan and Quincy but I felt as if I did not really know them even by the end. Dr Seward was OK, but besides being a doctor, he was dull. Arthur seems to have been kept around simply because he was a Lord and made certain things in the story much easier, same thing with Renfield who seems to only have served a singular purpose. I felt as if Quincy, who is the most interesting of the bunch, could have taken Van Helsing's role as someone familiar with vampirism and Dr Seward and Arthur also been combined to create a Lord and doctor missing nothing.
Lucy is the Victorian version of Bella Swan. Everyone loves Lucy, all of her suitors are best friends with one another. She bemoans having so many men love her, the horror! Whatever will she do? Why does everyone love Lucy? Beats me, she's a complete bag of bones with a sleep walking issue. It's literally the only interesting about her, she sleep walks, that's it.
Stoker does the same thing with Mina later in the novel, everyone loves Mina. At least we see why, Mina is developed as well as she is going to be by this point and she is very likable. As a matter of fact, Mina is the only one who seems to have their stuff together out of the lot of them. She is sharp and smart, smarter than the men and emotionally she is a tank. Nina is a bad ass, especially in Victorian England, even now Mina would be a bad ass.
Considering when this was written I was very surprised by how even the playing field was. Mina keeps her composure even after many, many traumatic events including one involving Dracula violating Mina in the most damnable way, actually removing Mina from her God's sight while the men are falling apart. Stoker does the same thing with Mina later in the novel, everyone loves Mina.
At least we see why, Mina is developed as well as she is going to be by this point and she is very likable. As a matter of fact, Mina is the only one who seems to have their stuff together out of the lot of them. She is sharp and smart, smarter than the men and emotionally she is a tank. Nina is a bad ass, especially in Victorian England, even now Mina would be a bad ass. Considering when this was written I was very surprised by how even the playing field was. Mina keeps her composure even after many, many traumatic events including one involving Dracula violating Mina in the most damnable way, actually removing Mina from her God's sight while the men are falling apart.
There are two seperate exchanges involving Jonathan where Mina and Helsing have to politely tell him to shut up. The men can become extraordinarily dramatic, heights that would not be reached again until our modern era of reality television. Van Helsing was the most disappointing to me. Stoker writes him as if he is some kind of genius beyond imagination, almost as if Van Helsing has no intellectual limits. He's never shuts up.
He refuses to tell people what's going on even though he could easily have saved Lucy by doing so. Instead of this being written in to the story's advantage, his curious silence is no really addressed other than a comment about Van Helsing thinking Dr. Seward would not have believed him. Dracula is barely in the book after his adventures in Transylvania with Jonathan.
I would have loved for Dracula to get more love and more time. The way he is portrayed in movies and TV shows and the way he is in this novel are completely different, he is borish here, a simple monster. I like this approach, the gentleman vampire trope is nice, but I like the more desperate monster type. It is not a bloated novel, it is not rushed either. The pacing is good. Things seem too get the attention they need in regards to events, except for the ending.
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There is no getting around this: Not only is the ending abrupt but it's hard to believe Stoker could have found no other way to end it. It makes no sense that This was the best he could do. This is why I settled on two stars. In closing, I am glad I finally read Dracula and got it out of the way but in all honesty I fear it was a waste of time as I did not enjoy it. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Dracula is a classic and there is a reason why it still has an effect on our culture.
This is the true Bram Stoker version and one that retains its Victorian-themed glory. This famous tale tells the story of the famous blood-sucking villain and the heroes that try to oppose him.
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The story is told in the first-person journal style which was popular during that time period. It was an interesting read due to the popularity in our culture and especially contrasting it with so many of the adaptations.
While the Victorian era writing is fun to read aloud, there are some dialogue moments that are quite eye-rolling. The story is quite black and white with Professor Van Helsing on the side of good while Dracula is the side of evil. There are many moments when the characters go into long diatribes about goodness and at times it can be a little nauseating. What is still fascinating is that the horror elements have stood the test of time. There are plenty of creepy and downright disturbing moments like when Dracula crawls on the side of the castle or when he feeds a baby to his wives.
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