Author: Bram Stoker
Release Date: May 26, 1897
Genre: Gothic, Horror
DRACULA is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. DRACULA has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.
Vampires have been apart of folklore for what seems like forever. Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula was interesting for me as I was finally able to understand what has been considered a major basis for the many interpretations of vampires.
The beginning of Dracula starts out slow, setting the scene for the next half of the book. The slow nature and outdated wording, of course made some of the moments feel endless and long-winded (especially the infamous Van Helsing). I found myself nodding off, but even when I had my doubts, the book always pulled me back in. A thing I loved about Dracula was the mystery and story that, we as readers, had to figure out and pay attention to as every detail was important. As the book progressed and unfolded, the connections in the details kept me intrigued and anticipating if my intuitions were correct.
Of course, with any book, the characters are an important component, and I could not have asked for better dynamics or personalities as they completely shaped the story. The intelligence and precautions of Dr. Seward and Van Helsing, the unique experience and knowledge from Jonathan and Mina Harker, the resolve and wealth of Lord Godalming and Quincy’s tenacious initiative combined with the bravery each character displays are all needed in the attempts to combat Dracula’s plans. Adding in the love between Jonathan and Mina with the protectiveness each man feels towards Lucy and Mina, and the courage displayed throughout is remarkable. All the characters meshed together to form their own family that I loved. Oh, and don’t let me forget about Renfield. His crazy and devotion definitely brought humor when it was due.
Dracula is hard for me to review, because there is just so much to say about it, and I do not think that I could do it justice with words. I loved this book, and the ending brought surprise and mixed emotions as the outcome was definitely unexpected.