Have you ever actually read the novel Dracula? If so, what was your opinion of it?
Or is your idea of the vampire solely from watching one or more of the movies? There are some good Dracula movies out there, but let's face it: not even one of them is particularly faithful to the novel. I read Dracula, I'm pretty sure before I watched any of the movies. I think it is one of the best books I have ever read. And oh, how I wish someone would make a kick-butt, ACCURATE movie out of it!
I agree with your comments about Dracula by Bram Stoker absolutely. I read it ages ago, and thought it was well-written, exciting, and generally worthwhile. It had suspense, horror, mystery, depth and everything you could desire from this genre.
The films are much more light-hearted and trite. And they do love to add their oh-so-sexy heroines bursting out of their corsets, don't they?
I read Dracula after having seen a few movie adaptations first. And, it's clear there is a big gap between the hollywood of today and the literature of yesterday. The book is much more calculated and realistic in its portrayal. It came during a time where the mere idea of a vampire was enough to sustain the mystery and allure (rather than adding in werewolves, witches and every other supernatural element under the moon).
However, that particular style of writing, which was prominent for many authors at the time, doesn't lend itself so well to movies nowadays. It doesn't have the same cookie cutter elements like a love interest and a spectacular ending. However, that's part of the reason I enjoyed the book, and books by H. G. Wells, Robert Lewis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. They represent a different kind of literature that was more about discovery than sensationalism.
I'm not saying that they are superior to literature from other centuries (it's all a matter of perspective and opinion) but I do think that they are a refreshing change of pace that looks back at the origins of genre fiction. I think all modern fans and writers of speculative fiction owe it to themselves to go back and read the books that started it all. Great question!
It's been many years since I've read it, but I do think Brams Stoker's book is by far the best there is about vampires. There was a movie made in 1992 based on the book. Of course, like with all movies, there are some deviations from the novel. But all in all, it was better than the other vampire movies.
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