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My Fond Memories About Dracula by 'Bram Stoker'

Updated on June 17, 2024
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Sneha is a passionate reader whose not afraid to share her honest opinions on the books she reads

My Fond Memories about Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula is a horror novel by Bram Stoker, published in 1897. Though there were novels about vampires written and published prior to Dracula, Dracula was the book that made vampires as popular as it is today. The titular character has become a pop culture icon, with numerous adaptations and references. When we think vampire, we think Dracula. This is more of a personal article where I’ll discuss my first time reading experience of this book, and share some of my opinions on the book and its characters.

What is Dracula about:

Dracula begins with the journal entries of Jonathan Harker, who is a solicitor on his way to Transylvania to meet the mysterious count Dracula. He’s there to help the Count purchase some pieces of land in England, which is where Jonathan is from. But, the Count seems to possess strange habits, Jonathan never sees him during the day, Jonathan also never witnesses the Count eating any type of food. Horrifying things keep happening in the castle, including the Count scaling the castle walls, and 3 young witches who seem to keen on drinking Jonathan’s blood. Will he escape from there, alive? How?

We also switch narratives and get the perspectives of a lot more characters, including Jonathan’s fiancé: Mina Murray, a doctor who owns a lunatic asylum and his patient who seems to have some sort of connection to the Count, and another iconic character: Van Helsing. We also get to find out the hidden agenda behind Count Dracula wanting to come to England. Can our protagonists stop the count, and end his life once and for all? That might be rather hard you know; as the Count is a supernatural, all powerful, immortal being…and our heroes are just human.

Since this is a public domain book, I listened to an audio version of this novel on Libbervox.org. Do check out this web site; they have a lot of classics which you can listen to for free. Anyway, I was a little bored by chapters 1 and 2. But things got interesting real quick from the 3rd chapter. The 3rd and 4th chapters have to be 2 of the most terrifying chapters in the book. I read this when I was a teenager, I have reread it multiple times; maybe it’s because of my age, but I remember being absolutely terrified. I was wishing with all my heart for Jonathan to make it out alive; I would have been super upset if he had died. Back then, I seem to have easily connected to book characters really easily. I can’t seem to find that these days.

With no spoilers, I was really terrified of the 13th to 16th chapters as well; especially the 16th one. I probably made the wrong decision to read these chapters at night. This is rather embarrassing, but I was scared to even go to the restroom. When I mustered up enough courage to do so, I felt there was some other presence; and when I was done, I ran as fast as I could to my bed and covered myself up from head to foot with my blanket. I smile thinking back on it.

I really liked the writing style of this book as well. It’s written in the form of journal entries, letters, newspaper clippings, telegrams, diary entries, etc. I hadn’t read a book with a format like that; and so found it really interesting.

I loved the characters as well. Mostly Jonathan, Mina and Van Helsing. I thought Mina was rather clever and resourceful. I think she really seemed interested in journalism, she talks about trying to interview and put down questions and answers in writing like journalists do. I know she learns the railway timetable, and the short hand to assist a male character; but, she does seem to exhibit a lot of skill and talent, personally. I am addressing this because; I have seen some people call her bland. And I myself can see that her character is not as strong as someone like the female characters of novels by the Brontes, she isn’t as bad as people might think.

I acknowledge that many quotes in the book, especially about women are rather outdated. And I was rather disappointed when I found out that the Dracula was created as a result of Stoker being anti queer relationships, and anti migration of foreigners to England. That is all kinds of problematic.

While I have become a more critical reader in the recent years, that wasn’t how I always was. If I had read this book for the first time, currently, I would not like it as much as I do. But I will always appreciate this book, as the first horror book I read.

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