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The reader is transported through the story using these varied perspectives and some press clippings , rather than a straight delivery of the story from a single point of view.
This surely enhances the larger package and does much to provide the reader with even more fright, at certain times. There are surely many stories taking place here, some of which deal directly with the issue at hand read: Dracula , while others seem to solve themselves throughout the numerous journal entries.
I wish to add for those who wish to take the audiobook approach, as I have done, the Audible version, with a full cast including Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, and John Lee , adds yet another dimension to this story and should not be discounted.
Stoker, for such a riveting piece. I can only hope to find the time to read some of your other work, as well as that of your descendants, who seem to want to carry the torch and provide more Dracula for the modern reader.
An ever-growing collection of others appears at: View all 35 comments. Sep 02, Luffy rated it it was amazing. Dracula, the book, struck a chord with me.
In it was a fight between good and evil. Modern vampires have great seduction powers. I never liked that. I also didn't like vampires in many Urban Fantasy books.
The Hollows series spring to mind. The greatest change in the villainous vampires arises in Anne Rice's books.
It was a perfect case study of an idea done to the death. In Dracula, several people record their impressions. I 'pretend' to know that the women in the books, Lucy and Mina, have the Dracula, the book, struck a chord with me.
I 'pretend' to know that the women in the books, Lucy and Mina, have the same voice. Maybe the men are slightly different.
They possess greater vocabulary, such as Lord Godalming's, and Jonathan Harker's recollections. Van Helsing, being a foreigner has his mistakes in grammar, and therefore has the most unique voice.
Throughout the book, we don't see the vampire Dracula triumph much. Except maybe when he turns Lucy into an undead. But even then, through the guiding hands and the knowledge of van Helsing, she is freed from her shackles.
But Jonathan escapes from his imprisonment. And the vampire cannot settle in London. He was found out by our 'A-team' and had to flee for his life.
He expresses baffled malignity. It is the testament to Bram Stoker's neatness that I could follow most of the story. And I'm in awe of his mind, which chronicles the entire story via journal entries or phonograph recordings in the case of John Steward , all of which are dated.
I don't mean outdated, but dated, day after day. And I mourned the death of Quincy Morris, gallant to the end, dying with a smile on his lips.
The entire book defies what happens in movies and series of which latter I've watched only True Blood. Most people don't read books regularly.
So their idea of the vampire comes from horror movies. And Boris Karloff and especially Bela Lugosi as vampires are etched in the minds of most people.
I don't think cinephiles will get any influence from the movie directed by Francis Ford Coppola. That was a mess. The book still stands proud.
Thus ends my review on 02 Sep This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I highly recommend reading this to any fans of the vampire genre.
It is a commitment and investment for the reader, but it is worthwhile. I must say that no movie version I have watched does this justice.
Bram Stoker's Dracula might have been a somewhat faithful rendition, but it took unforgivable liberties with the relationship between Mina and Dracula, and downplayed the de I highly recommend reading this to any fans of the vampire genre.
Bram Stoker's Dracula might have been a somewhat faithful rendition, but it took unforgivable liberties with the relationship between Mina and Dracula, and downplayed the deep, abiding love between Mina and Jonathan.
In addition, it portrayed Dracula as a seductive, lovelorn and sympathetic character. He is none of these. Dracula is a complete and utter fiend.
He is unrelenting evil, and I spent this whole book waiting for him to get what he deserved. I love the use of letters and correspondence to tell the story.
It added an authenticity to this story by revealing the narrative through written details of events. One would think that this would create a distance between the reader and the story, but strangely it does not.
Instead it infuses the story with a human element, as we see things unfold through the eyes of the humans who witnessed everything. In addition, the diary entries from Jonathan Harker, Mina Murray soon to be Harker , Lucy Westenra, and John Seward show the emotional impact of the characters to the horror of Dracula.
Dracula is very much a Victorian work. It is clear what the mores were at that time in reading this story.
It is also evident how society is changing as time speeds towards the 20th Century this book was published in The attitudes towards women as sweet, beloved creatures who should be loved and adored is very much in evidence.
Stoker took the time to show that Mina has a powerful role and usefulness beyond what was expected of her as a woman of her times. In fact, she plays a very pivotal role in this story.
Because of the connection between Dracula and herself, she cannot be relegated to a second class citizen in this story.
In addition, her view of the situation shows much about how Dracula managed to wreak his reign of terror over poor Lucy and how devastated Jonathan was from his early encounter with Dracula.
Mina turns out to be a real heroine in this story. She is very resourceful, and her methods are a great help in the process of understanding what Dracula is, and tracking him down.
I felt for her when she was under his thrall, because her love for Jonathan was true, as well as her abhorrence of the evil of Dracula and how it had affected her.
Those scenes added a psychological component to the horror element in this book. This book is not a thrill a minute book.
It might be a horror story, but it's also a crime novel, in that the group composed of Drs. Readers should approach this story with this in mind.
There are some moments that are truly unnerving and scary, all the same, but they are used with good effect. I would be reading right along, and then something really scary would happen all of a sudden.
When my heart rate went back to normal and I fell back into the procedural-type narrative, another creepy moment would occur.
Thus, my investment of diligent reading paid off, for those scary moments were quite suspenseful. Readers should also be aware that the characters tend to be along sentimental lines.
They are good, decent people. They cry and feel sorrow. The men might be brave, but they are not afraid to break down and sob out their anguish.
I admired each of the protagonists that I was supposed to admire: Each of them invest their heart and life into tracking and destroying the beast.
This might strike a modern reader as being too good to be true. But in the historical context, I didn't have trouble with it.
I might expect different characterizations for a modern vampire novel. I found that issues that I had with the recent movie adaptations of Dracula did not exist in this novel.
Mina is not played as the good, innocent foil for the sexually adventurous and slightly wanton Lucy. Lucy is a sweet girl who was preyed on and destroyed by Dracula.
Mina is not a fickle woman who would abandon her true love for the seductive wiles of the vampire Dracula. That always bothered me about the movies.
I didn't see why poor Lucy was deserving of what happened to her. Even if she had been a wanton, I couldn't say she deserved her demise at Dracula's hands.
Reading about her decline, death and resurgence as a vampire was extremely difficult, not to mention the effect it had on the loved ones she left behind.
Additionally, I dislike how throwaway the love that Mina had for Jonathan is portrayed in the movies. I'm glad it was not this way in the book.
Renfield is a character who has been played for laughs in many of the Dracula adaptations and knockoffs.
In the original novel, he is a character to be pitied. He was seduced by Dracula, subsequently losing his reason.
There are glimpses of his formerly formidable intellect and sanity, as well as a sense of right and wrong that shone through, causing me to feel sorry for him.
Particularly when he warns Seward not to keep him in the Asylum. If only Seward had listened. Seward and Van Helsing are physicians and men of science with profound respect for each other, but who tend to look at situations differently.
Seward is very much a rationalist. He tries to approach Lucy's strange illness from a completely scientific perspective, yet Dr.
Van Helsing is a learned man who is trained in modern medical science as well as a pioneer in medicine , but gives credence toward the ancient beliefs, and whose knowledge is shored up by his faith in God.
The struggle that Seward faces in having to accept that Lucy's demise is due to a powerful supernatural entity is evident as we read his journal entries.
Van Helsing is seen through the descriptions of the diary entries of Mina, Jonathan, and Seward. I found Van Helsing quite the character.
Without a doubt, he's my favorite in this book, although I found some of his lines hard to read because of the fact that it is written as though English was his second language which it was.
He is a man of compassion, although with a tendency towards bluntness. I like that he's able to think his way out of difficult situations, but also relies on faith against his demonic enemy.
The movies tend to emasculate Jonathan, but he is a very strong character to have survived his imprisionment in Dracula's castle, with his body and his sanity intact.
His conviction to protect Mina at all costs, despite knowing the depths of the power of his enemy speaks to me. He might not be a he-man, but he is definitely a worthy man mate for Mina.
Arthur Holmwood is a noble, yet he is not protrayed as a prig. He is very down to earth, and willing to do his part to destroy Dracula and to see justice done for his beloved Lucy.
He definitely rose to the occasion, despite the seemingly insane ravings of Van Helsing about Un-dead creatures, and the need to drive a stake through the heart and cut off the head of his beloved.
Quincy Morris embodies the Texan spirit in the very best of ways. His devotion to Lucy and later Mina causes him to risk his life in the struggle against Dracula.
Don't look for a sexy creature of the night in this book. Dracula is a horrid, evil beast. When he meets his demise, I didn't feel one iota of sympathy.
I was cheering instead. It's refreshing to read about evil vamps without any charisma for once and this from a paranormal romance fanatic.
This book is a delicious work to have read. I'm glad I attempted it when I could fully appreciate its genius. I freely admit when I read it in high school, I wasn't ready for it.
It took me the better part of the week, but I found myself eager to keep reading, despite the somewhat antiquated language.
I wanted to see how things would unfold. You might think, "Well Dracula is old hat. I've seen many vampire movies.
It's all the same. You should read this book if you're a vampire fan. You will find a resonance that is lacking in most of the modern vampire fare, with its classic setting, genuine characters, and the tangible essence of the unearthly evil of the vampire.
And to think that Stoker wasn't quite as glutted on the rich milk of the vampire legends as us modern vamp fans are. Maybe that's why this book felt so authentic to me.
View all 51 comments. No man knows till he experiences it, what it is to feel his own life-blood drawn away into the veins of the woman he loves.
I say "seems" because I swear I've read it before. However, that would have been ages ago. Or a byproduct of seeing 10 million different Dracula interpretations before the age of O So it was fresh and relatively new to me.
I was surprised by the twists and turns. I thought I would be able to reasonably pre No man knows till he experiences it, what it is to feel his own life-blood drawn away into the veins of the woman he loves.
I thought I would be able to reasonably predict the whole plot - and I couldn't. Let's talk about major issues, because review space is limited and I believe everyone knows the basics of the plot.
Evil vampire, blood-sucking fiend, lives in Transylvania, moves to London, and fucks with the wrong people. Did NOT know who he was fucking with, as Riddick would say.
LOL You know the drill. Besides having status updates - with many quotes continued in the comments, I had copious notes and also a running list of vocabulary words that I learned from Dracula.
I very much enjoyed this reading. D You can tell from all my status updates and huge pile of notes. Sometimes I'd only read one or two pages in a day and just let them simmer inside me.
I've been thinking about Dracula non-stop for about 11 days now. It's been my constant companion these last 11 days. I didn't leave home without it!
LOL I sometimes think we must be all mad and that we shall wake to sanity in strait-waistcoats. You knew I'd start with that, right? D This book is full of explicit sexist bullshit.
Non-stop explicit sexist bullshit. Yes, I understand that this was Please don't lecture me in the comments about presentism.
I was surprised the sexism was so very blatant. There is a lot of talk - by all characters, male and female, about "brave men" and "weak, poor women who are just frail creatures" who "can't stand strain" and should be shielded from the world and from the truth.
Men are praised for being strong and brave and if a man is particularly brave, he's described as all man. Let's talk about Mina Murray-Harker.
Harker is better out of it. Things are quite bad enough for us, all men of the world, and who have been in many tight places for our time; but it is not place for a woman, and if she had remained in touch with the affair, it would in time infallibly have wrecked her.
She holds sexist myths and sexist beliefs very close to her heart. She even blames Eve and the "apple" for women's "inherently sinful nature" at one point!
I hate that shit. I could not resist the temptation of mystifying him a bit - I suppose it is some of the taste of the original apple that remains still in our mouths - so I handed him the shorthand diary.
Lucy gets three marriage proposals in one day, and even the men she rejects swear undying devotion and fealty to her.
Mina fares just the same. Every single male who comes into contact with these women prostrate themselves and declare their undying devotion.
And not in a sexual way! There's a need to have a woman to protect and champion and care for. And she provides her services as a stenographer, a shoulder to cry on, and a cheerful and beautiful presence to boost the men's spirits.
Now, you may think that this book is a sexist piece of shit, but I was actually surprised and impressed with Mina. She's smart, capable, and features prominently in the book.
Van Helsing praises her as having "a man's brain. Which brings me to another point. A very large subplot here is the interaction of Jonathan Harker and Mina.
Once privy to Jonathan's every thought and experience, Mina's position shifts when the other men encourage Jonathan to stop talking to Mina about vampires and the work they're doing to hunt Dracula completely, leaving her in the dark and cutting her out of their once coed meetings.
Jonathan does it, convinced it's the right thing to do, although he feels inside that it's wrong somehow. This is the man who, just before proposing to Mina, states that there should be no secrets or hiding between spouses and gives her his journal so that she knows all.
But he does it - and is punished severely for it. After that, Mina once again resumes an active role in the groups activities - as it should be, her fighting by their side.
Even though it may have been unintentional on Stoker's part, I was overall pleased with how things turned out, especially for a book written in Is this a feminist text?
I don't want to give you the wrong idea, it is NOT. But how about I file it in the 'not as bad as I thought it was going to be' category on the topic of feminism?
You have Jonathan Harker - Solicitor who is the first in the novel to encounter Dracula. I thought he was a complete ninny and think Mina could have done much better in picking a husband, but oh well.
Very fond of guns and shooting things. If America can go on breeding men like that, she will be a power in the world indeed. John Seward - Psychologist who runs a mental asylum.
Smarter and more badass than either Morris or Harker or Holmwood. I always thought Mina should have married him instead of that nitwit Jonathan Harker.
Arthur Holmwood - Rich. Engaged to Lucy Westenra. My life is hers, and I would give the last drop of blood in my body for her.
I have an appetite like a cormorant, am full of life, and sleep well. An appetite like a cormorant. Welp, that's a new one.
Arthur says I am getting fat. Arthur can go fuck himself. What is this, James Bond? Abraham Van Helsing - Badass name for a badass man.
This was the only man I was interested in in the book. Intelligent, ruthless, gets shit done - but is still a kind, loving and polite person.
This is who I would be making eyes at if I were in London at the time. What is my point of listing all these men? So you can discuss whether they are a.
I mean, obviously I am always going to discuss that. But, the reason I'm bringing up the men here is because of their close friendship.
Holmwood, Morris and Seward served together in Korea, for crying out loud. It makes the book sound more like it's taking place in the s or s than the s, but that makes it all the better.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Stoker making these men brothers-in-arms in more ways than one! People who have fought together have a unique bond and trust with each other, and I think that makes these men in particular teaming up again once more - all the more potent.
They unconsciously fall into their old rapport and positions, and, led by Van Helsing, make a stellar team.
Mina says that perhaps we are the instruments of ultimate good. How can women help loving men when they are so earnest, and so true, and so brave!
And, too, it made me think of the wonderful power of money! What can it not do when it is properly applied; and what might it do when basely used!
I felt so thankful that Lord Godalming is rich, and that both he and Mr. Morris, who also has plenty of money, are willing to spend it so freely.
For if they did not, our little expedition could not start, either so promptly or so well equipped, as it will within another hour.
Being brave and willing to die fighting vampires is one thing, but it's almost worthless without money for supplies, transportation, and constantly bribing people for information the way our heroes had to in this book.
I'm so proud of Stoker for bringing this up. However, I did not find the bloodsucking in this novel to be erotic at all, and therefore was undisturbed by it.
I know that in this would be considered very erotic bloodsucking - but in , to a pretty jaded vampire-fiction-reader, not so much.
This was a relief to me, I was able to read the blood-sucking sections of the book without being too grossed out. It was more like animals feeding than anything sexual.
However, this book DID surprise me by making me genuinely horrified and grossed out. But it wasn't the bloodsucking, it was the vampire killing.
I have a real thing, apparently, against mutilating and desecrating dead bodies. The scenes of "we're going to open up her coffin! We're going to stake her through the heart!
Then chop off her head, cut out her heart, and stuff her mouth with garlic! It was very horrifying and gross to me.
I felt like they were violating the corpses and violating the very sanctity of death by doing this. I was rather shocked, I had no idea I even thought sanctity of death was a belief of mine until they were gleefully beheading cadavers.
O Anyway, that was the true horror of the novel in my eyes. When the Brides approach the men seductively, the men are all over that. Jonathan is ready to strip down and party when the brides show up kneeling in front of him and licking their lips seductively, and Van Helsing himself is not unaffected.
They totally want those women on some level. But if it's Lucy or Mina or a woman who is supposed to be their "pure wife and mother stereotype," the men react with revulsion and disgust when lustful tendencies are shown.
Good luck on Jonathan and Mina ever reproducing if Jonathan's reaction to Mina coming on to him is one of horror and revulsion.
He probably only wants to have sex with all the lights off and missionary position, ten-thrusts-and-then-roll-off-her kind of thing.
Probably with his eyes screwed shut the whole time. I told her not to marry that ninny! And Lucy, goodness gracious. She was a bit sexual even as a "pure maiden," fantasizing about marrying three men at a time and shit, thank goodness she view spoiler [died hide spoiler ] before having sex with Holmwood.
I can't imagine she'd be happy in that marriage. He called her fat - what an asshole! Stoker uses this word 12 times in this novel and it gets seriously annoying.
Sometimes it's multiple times on the same page. It's as if he doesn't know of another word to describe a sexual woman.
Which is weird, because to me this more describes a certain body type than an attitude, but I looked it up in MW and it says that one meaning of the word is "giving pleasure to the senses," so I guess it works.
I am alone in the castle with those awful women. Mina is a woman, and there is naught in common. They are devils of the Pit! I shall not remain alone with them I'm always rather hesitant to pick up a book considered a classic and written over a hundred years ago, but Stoker delivers.
He uses a lot of modern wording and phrases, the book absolutely speeds along - it's never boring and he doesn't get bogged down describing the scenery for 10 pages.
That being said, I learned a lot of new words reading this: Foreknowledge, missal, unpunctual, prepossessing, perforce, patronymic, saturnine, demoniac not demonic, demoniac!
He uses it 9 times - get used to seeing it! Look at how much richer my vocabulary is now! I am a rich woman!
It is odd that a thing which I have been taught to regard with disfavour and as idolatrous should in a time of loneliness and trouble be of help.
Is that there is something in the essence of the thing itself, or that it is a medium, a tangible help, in conveying memories of sympathy and comfort?
This book is strongly pro-Catholic and Catholic doctrine and beliefs are presented as the truth. Notice Van Helsing's liberal use of the Host Wafers - he hands them out like candy.
Even noted Protestants like Harker are wearing crucifixes by the end of the novel. I don't think this is proselytizing, exactly, but there's definitely a strong Catholic flavor and undertone to the novel.
Of course, Catholicism wins the day and provides Harker and his friends with the strength and tools to defeat evil, so ending the novel on a strong pro-Catholic note.
Some people claim that this book is anti-Semitic - I don't feel that it is. But one of the most enjoyable things about Dracula is that everyone reads the book differently and brings their own interpretations and experiences to the text.
It's been claimed as anti-Semitic, queer, homophobic, sexual, anti-sex, feminist, anti-feminist, etc. Dracula and the people who fight him can be stand-ins for anything and anybody, apparently.
Choose your own hot points after reading the novel. You can see I chose "feminist" and "pro-Catholic," but - much like the Bible - you can twist and turn the text until it says what you WANT it to say.
I mean, some of the things Dracula did in this novel were obviously just because he enjoys messing with Harker and tormenting him. They be nowt but air-blebs!
They, an' all grims an'signs an' warnin's, be all invented by parsons an' illsome beuk-bodies an' railway touters to skeer an' scunner hafflin's, an' to get folks to do somethin' that they don't other incline to do.
And what's even worse is that Stoker doesn't have to do it. Van Helsing speaks in a very distinct and "foreign" type of English, and yet Stoker never resorts to breaking down his words into atrociously spelled ones.
Here's an example of how Van Helsing speaks: He has the strength of many in his hand He can transform himself to wolf He can come in mist which he create He come on moonlight rays as elemental dust..
He become so small He can, when once he find his way, come out from anything or into anything, no matter how close it be bound or even fused up with fire I wish he'd done that for the working-class side characters!
I am so happy that I own a copy, it is going to be read and re-read over and over again, I can tell you that. I was so happy and pleased with this book - and it's so hit-or-miss with classics that I had no idea what to expect.
I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in it. Van Helsing, are you mad? How come that's never shown in any film?!?!?!?! This is a National Geographic feature on a Romanian people living in the Carpathians and in the Transylvanian Alps etc.
Here at this site: You can read about them, see pictures of them, and hear them sing. It will really give you a more vivid and nuanced picture of what Jonathan Harker is seeing and hearing while traveling through Transylvania.
Make sure to check out the left side in order to access Photo Gallery and Multimedia where you can hear them singing!
Oh, and if you click also on the left Sights and Sounds: View all 61 comments. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.
Despite being hailed " the most famous figure of seductive evil " in literature, Count Dracula proves to be neither scary nor seductive.
View all 21 comments. What started out as a simple real estate deal by an English solicitor and a foreign nobleman, becomes a blood sucking nightmare.
The shell shocked Jonathan is imprisoned by the creepy Count, a " person" you wouldn't want to see in a dark alley on a moonless midnight walk.
Three strange , bizarre , but v "Children of the night what music they play" ; Jonathan Hawker hears those chilling, famous words from the inhuman appearing Count Dracula, in the remote Castle Dracula , Transylvania Romania.
Three strange , bizarre , but very beautiful women, brides of Dracula, the weird sisters, are in his room looking not quite real.
When Dracula arrives also, they fade away Next day the Englishman can't decide if what he saw last night was a dream or fact Either way the terrified Mr.
Hawker escapes , as if his life depended on it, not caring about those eerie wolves , surrounding the building and disappears Back in "civilized", safe England his fiance Mina on vacation in Whitby, is visiting her sick, good friend Lucy Westenra, she becomes very pale too, almost like ill Lucy who is losing blood, why?
Seward with the help of Dr. Van Helsing an expert in little known diseases, gives her Lucy, four transfusions, still she becomes weaker, and small punctures are spotted on Miss Westenra's neck, what can they be?
A gruesome Bat is seen flying outside the window, lurking about waiting for who knows what Seward, the head of an insane asylum, has a star inmate named Renfield he likes keeping busy, by eating flies and spiders.
Something unnatural is disturbing the disturb man. Renfield even attempts to kill the good doctor. On the continent the dazed Jonathan, is found in a hospital in Budapest, disclosing events, in his journal, read by Mina when they get him back home..
Dracula is seen by Hawker in England, or was this man, the undead fiend , actually the Count? Better speak to Dr.
Van Helsing, who they say has read about vampires and is an expert on the subject. This old Dutchman doesn't mind getting his hands dirty The novel has inspired countless films, books and television shows There is an obvious reason for this phenomenon It still scares people The historical figure was a Romanian Prince, Vlad or Dracula, son 0f Dracul, the Dragon , known as the Impaler, an alias he acquired , and well deserved too View all 8 comments.
View all 29 comments. View all 7 comments. This was neither as bad as I assumed it would be or nor? Much as I love receiving real mail, whether it's a letter, present, post card, or even just a book I ordered Shucks, for me?
This is especially true when a lot of what you're reading is the journals of a bunch of people you'd never even want to have passing conversations with, Dr.
Van Helsing and Dr. Sewa This was neither as bad as I assumed it would be or nor? Seward being obvious exceptions. Regardless, this is one of those books that fall under my largely arbitrary and completely self-imposed "Must Read Before I'm Dead" list.
In the midst of being asphyxiated by Proustian self-reckoning, I decided to take a break from being challenged and read something light.
You know, like a Gothic novel about an immortal Vlad Tepes and his baby-eating whore-beasts. It's funny what pop culture'll do to ya.
I'd heard over and over again that this was like the Book of Genesis for the whole Twilight romancing the undead thing that weirds me out anew with each internet-drenched day.
A lovelorn Oldman, a sexually-repressed and reincarnated Ryder, absinth, slow-dancing in a castle with candles and string-music and shit, vampire nipple-sucking, orgasm-inducing illnesses, etc.
Wrong, wrong, and wrong again. Turns out, the movie's entire romantic twist on the story was really just artistic license on roids, and all Mina is to Dracula is a leisurely Sunday brunch.
I don't mean to insinuate that I was disappointed by this difference between book and screen as, needless to say, I have yet find myself reaching for the 19th-century literary fiction shelf when I feeeeeel like maaakin' lurrrrve.
Still, I think it's a distinction which inquiring minds may appreciate knowing before committing to this occasionally exciting but largely sloggy story.
The good parts were great, but the last ish pages-- appropriately set on a bunch of fucking boats just inching their way along the river--moved so slowly, became so tedious that I just felt like screaming "Christ Almighty, Dracula, would you just eat these fuckers already?
The first half is fun, though! Oh, and how dare you keep Tom Waits locked up in a cage. That's it, I'm calling your mother. View all 56 comments.
I am so happy to have reread this for the 3rd time. Dracula is a book I will continue to reread periodically for the rest of my life.
If you haven't read this yet, please give it a go, it may surprise you. Full review to come Rereading one of my favorite books of all time with some buddies from Bookstagram!
I read this for the first time in high school and then again right after I completed undergraduate school. I am looking forward to seeing if I pi A true masterpiece.
View all 4 comments. It introduced Count Dracula, and established many conventions of subsequent vampire fantasy. The novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from Transylvania to England so that he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and a woman led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
The story is told in epistolary format, as a series of letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, and ships' log entries, whose narrators are the novel's protagonists, and occasionally supplemented with newspaper clippings relating events not directly witnessed.
Apr 24, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: I blame modern TV shows and movies for growing that thought into my mind over the years.
Oh and this, too: You're one deceiving cover. Dracula is such a romanticized character nowadays that being exposed to his true — Bram Stoker style — self made me take a step back and reconsider my first opinion of him, which was mainly positive.
It starts off with Jonathan Harker paying a visit to count Dracula who wants to buy a house; Jonathan is in charge of the paperwork.
During his visit, Dracula is extremely courteous with him, but Mr. Harker quickly realizes that his host is not who he pretends to be.
You get the idea. As for the story itself, I liked it. A lot of telling and little conversation. From time to time, I strongly wanted to shake some conversation out of the characters; come on!
I never even thought about closing the book and cursing it for its slowness, because I was always enticed by what was wafting through the air: Gothic, so, so gothic.
I got goose bumps just writing this review. View all 54 comments. Feb 21, Ginger rated it really liked it Recommended to Ginger by: I want to suck your blood!!
What an amazing Gothic classic to listen too! So, I finally did it. I took on the granddaddy of all vampire books. I decided to listen to this one instead of reading it due to a great recommendation from a friend on here.
I think this was a great decision to do since the characters in the audio book were excellent, especially Susan Duerden. Her voice was beautiful and mesmerizing as Lucy Westenra!
All the narrators did such a great job with each character. Th I want to suck your blood!! Boxes of dirt was used a bit too much among other things in the story.
I get it Stoker , he needed a place to lay his head. Did they even have editors back then?! Well done Stoker on writing such a well-loved book that has tested the age of time and public opinion.
He basically created the legend. Bau ha ha ha! Check it off the list. I don't think you'll be disappointed! Apr 19, Jason Pettus rated it really liked it.
Now this is what you call a classic! It's a film that you can watch over and over again, as long as you have patience, and become incredibly immersed in the acting, since there was absolutely no score, which kind of takes e out of it at times, and there seems to be a missing element of suspense.
Still, the story is fantastic and it's definitely one that has inspired the entire horror genre, and for that, I am totally in it's debt.
The edited may be choppy for it's time, but the camerawork is far superior to even some of the films shot in todays day and age.
I honesty commend the cinematographers of this film. More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Season 7 Black Lightning: Season 2 DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4 The Deuce: Season 2 Doctor Who: Season 11 The Flash: Season 3 Saturday Night Live: Season 4 The Walking Dead: The Crimes of Grindelwald First Reviews: Less Magical than the First.
View All Photos 1. I bid you velcome. Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; the rest of the film is a more stagebound translation of the popular stage play by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane.
Even so, the electric tension between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing Edward Van Sloan works as well on the screen as it did on the stage.
And it's hard to forget such moments as the lustful gleam in the eyes of Mina Harker Helen Chandler as she succumbs to the will of Dracula, or the omnipresent insane giggle of the fly-eating Renfield Dwight Frye.
Despite the static nature of the final scenes, Dracula is a classic among horror films, with Bela Lugosi giving the performance of a lifetime as the erudite Count both Lugosi and co-star Frye would forever after be typecast as a result of this film, which had unfortunate consequences for both men's careers.
Compare this Dracula to the simultaneously filmed Spanish-language version, which makes up for the absence of Lugosi with a stronger sense of visual dynamics in the lengthy dialogue sequences.
In , a special rerelease of Dracula was prepared featuring a new musical score written by Philip Glass and performed by The Kronos Quartet. Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula.
Helen Chandler as Mina. David Manners as John. Dwight Frye as Renfield. Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing. Herbert Bunston as Seward.
Frances Dade as Lucy. Charles Gerrard as Martin. Joan Standing as Maid. Moon Carroll as Briggs, Maid.
Josephine Velez as English Nurse. Donald Murphy as Coach Passenger. Daisy Belmore as English-Woman Passenger.
Nicholas Bela as Transylvanian Passenger. Michael Visaroff as Innkeeper. Carla Laemmle as Girl in Coach. Dorothy Tree as Dracula's Vampire Wife.
Jeraldine Dvorak as Dracula's Vampire Wife. Mildred Peirce as Dracula's Vampire Wife. John George as Van Helsing's Assistant.
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