I do not like vampires. I do not watch Vampire Diaries, I detest the Twilight Series. I read them all AND have seen all of the movies. Still dislike them. I am totally not into that whole Sy-Fy thing. Pride and Prejudice Zombies still makes me shiver. I chalk this up to being way too into history for my own good. But I love Dracula. And I’m not just talking about Jonathan Rhys Meyers pretending to be Dracula, though I was quite upset when I found out it was canceled 😦
Dracula was written by Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897. Hollywood has put Dracula on the map as one of the most infamous villains ever. Sometimes he is tragic, sometimes he is all evil, sometimes you can’t even get through the movie because he is so cheesy it’s hilarious. His story has been taken and twisted and morph so many time and in so many ways- and yet so few people actually read Dracula. Not many people take the time to find out where the monster came from.
I took the time. It took me forever because I read more than one book at once but I took the time. Again, I’m soooo not into the whole vampire thing, but I have 3 copies of the book and I’m trying to make my way through the classics. Every English teacher should read as many classics as possible.
It took me a bit to get into. I have found that writing from that particular time period are a bit on the tough side for me to grasp. Jane Austen took me forever to get down. But I can read EME (Early Modern English) like I was born doing it my whole life.
I liked how it was written from so many point of views in different forms. Sometimes it was a letter, other times it was like reading a diary. It bounced around from character to character so that the reader can get a full understanding and view point of what is happening throughout the story. Some people have difficulty reading a book like that trying to keep up with the characters and who is speaking at what time- I LOVE IT! I find that it helps push the story along for me. When one narrative ends, I find myself pushing through the next trying to find out what happens next. As I’ve discussed previously, I get very attached to my characters-the books themselves really. While I am reading a book it is like I am walking through it with them. I walked with Mina as she traveled with Dracula, I felt the emotions of poor Lucy.
I could never read this book at night before I went to bed. For some people, like my mother, reading puts them to sleep. For some people, like me- it wakes me up. My heart gets pumping, my mind goes 100 miles a minute asking questions, “What is going to happen next?” “Who is she going to say yes too!?” “I hope this doesn’t happen, OH GOD IT’S HAPPENING,” “What would I do if I was in that situation?” I also hate scary things so this was a day time read only for me.
By the end of it, I was lost in the world of Dracula. I was sad, I was angry, I was happy, I was relieved, I felt all sorts of emotions. The book was nothing like the cheesy movies with Dracula walking around saying “I’m going to suck your blood.” It was nothing like the vampires from other works of literature, TV shows and movies. And I loved it. Every page. Every time I thought my heart would stop. Every time I wanted to throw the book. Every time the characters did exactly what I told them not too. It was fantastic. What is not fantastic is how Hollywood has destroyed the idea of the vampire and Dracula. Seriously, there should be a prison for people who destroy things like this.
Dracula has become one of my favorite classics, and I’m glad I have multiple copies. I highly suggest reading it, it’s a great summer read. Many people THINK they know the story of Dracula. I challenge those of you reading this to read it for yourself, or reread it perhaps. Learn about the monster who inspired authors, producers, writers, and actors; even if they have bastardized his story a bit along the way.
I love how the first edition of Dracula is bright yellow. It’s almost like Bram Stoker wanted people to think it was going to be a bright and cheery book. HAHAHAHA
PS- Search Google Images for “Dracula” the pictures are hilarious. So is looking up “Dracula Book,” seeing how the cover has changed over the decades, and how Dracula has had more than one makeover over the centuries.