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Book Review: Bram Stoker's Dracula

Updated on August 8, 2013
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (Collector's Edition)

Bram Stoker's Dracula - the 1992 movie

 
Dracula
Dracula

Dracula - the book

 

I can't believe I had never read Dracula by Bram Stoker before, especially given that I hold a degree in English. Since it was a free book for my Kindle, I decided to give it a try. Wow!

In Dracula, Count Dracula of Transylvania seeks to "invade" England and makes arrangements to purchase homes there for his blood-sucking vampire business. The count is a reclusive and sneaky fellow, having been around for centuries. He never eats food, sleeps during the day, controls wolves and bats and "initiates" others to join him in his adventures.

Jonathan Harker, his fiance Mina Murray, her friend Lucy Westenra and her fiance Arthur Holmwood, Professor Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. John Seward and Quincey Morris join forces to destroy the malevolent vampire. Also a prominent character is Renfeld, an insane patient of Seward's who exhibits some really strange symptoms and appears to be tied to Dracula somehow.

The book is presented as diary entries and letters by different characters and in newspaper clippings but is very easy to read. The archaic language is at times enjoyable and in others, tends to go on a little much, but I loved Bram Stoker's Dracula. The suspense was palpable and riveting. It was a nice change from the more modern vampire stories of today.

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Although there are many from which to choose, two of the more popular movie versions of the story are Nosferatu, a scary silent film released in 1922 and Bram Stoker's Dracula from 1992. Today's Twilight books and movies (although I love them) and TV shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries bear little resemblance to Dracula and I think are designed to appeal to a more modern and a younger audience.

Whatever the case, check out Bram Stoker's Dracula. You may be surprised at how much you like it.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, lin8t! It is a great story. I think the urban legend has grown over the years, all over the world.

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    lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Great hub I love Dracula one of my favourite books after Wuthering Heights. I love how he writes in diary and journal form. Dracula is sort of an urban legend isn't he?

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Donna, I'll definitely check that out.

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    Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

    Good hub on a great book! Stoker's great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker wrote an interesting book called Dracula the Un-Dead that you might also find fascinating.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    It is fascinating, Gypsy! I don't know why I was surprised.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    It's a fascinating book. I've read Dracula in both English and Latvian. Great hub!

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, swb! I appreciate your comment!

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    Scott Biddulph 5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

    very good hub!

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