Novel, Gothic fiction by Bram Stoker, Jarkko Laine


Count Dracula has inspired countless movies, books, and plays. But few, if any, have been fully faithful to Bram Stoker's original, best-selling novel of mystery and horror, love and death, sin and redemption. Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power.
Today's critics see Dracula as a virtual textbook on Victorian repression of the erotic and fear of female sexuality. In it, Stoker created a new word for terror, a new myth to feed our nightmares, and a character who will outlive us all.

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I understand why this book influenced our culture and how it modeled our imagination but ready it was so boring... The first 15 are quite interesting and intriguing but the next 300 pages are conventional, uninteresting, most of it could fit in 20 or 30 pages. Not to mention the banalities and repetitive situation, the characters are tight to their functions, functions that the author teaches you when presenting each character and that you have to believe because no action will prove that indeed, they are worth of it. Finally, some situation are quite odd. Why on earth would those 3 pretender work together like if they were best friends? Besides, the American bring nothing to the story. Really.

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I enjoyed this book immensely, and can really see why it is named as a classic! Many ‘classic’ novels, I can’t see the worth of, but this one was different. A lot goes on in this story, including vampirism, bug-eating, and there is the famous Dr. Van Helsing! It’s a very typical Victorian novel, with a lot of honour and protection directed towards women, and groups of men acting together and being manly. Although I really enjoyed the book and would read it again, I found the ending a little anticlimactic. Of course, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you :)

0 Responses posted in February
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