Just another Great Classic One of my favorite books, I loved it
jacque excellent book....much better then the movie
Review: Dracula (Oxford Bookworms: Stage 2) 1 OXFORD LEVEL2 2 105minutes 3 Dracula,House, Castle,die, gold cross, pale, blood 4 If you were a Dracula, what are you doing? I will also drink some blood. 5 I was shocked to this story. I understood ...
Review: Dracula (Oxford Bookworms: Stage 2) blood sucking
LibraryThing Review This book was a bit slower than I anticipated it being, but, on the whole, it's a good read. The classic vampire story--can't go wrong.
LibraryThing Review 'Dracula' is not the first vampire story. There were others before it. So I can't help but think that maybe after all this time, 'Dracula' somehow just managed to stand the test of time. The bit of the 1845 published, nine hundred paged penny dreadful, 'Varney the Vampyre' by Rymer that is included in my edition did seem much more interesting. Maybe 'Dracula' is the boring vampire story of it's time... maybe it had the 'Twilight' affect. I know I don't want Edward representing vampires in this century, while solid vampires who happen to be more interesting are forgotten about... Buffy's Spike for instance. One of the reasons I wanted to read this was because so many other things in pop culture are based on 'Dracula'. (When I say that, I think of the TV show Community's Troy Barnes saying "I don't need to know what Dracula I am to be a Dracula" and Abed Nadir saying "You mean a vampire" on the Halloween episode. Not like I haven't thought of that show three times already today... and the show hasn't even aired in eight months.) Maybe the story has been rehashed a billion times, so the story was a bit less captivating for me. But that hasn't been a problem in the past with other books that became my favorites. Really, 'Dracula' isn't really about Dracula anyway. He seems to disappear around page fifty. Then we move to the other characters and it seems like they do a lot of secretarial work, comparing notes to each others diaries. The book is epistolary, after all. One diary is even kept on a phonograph recording. Dracula seems to hover around the edges of the book. It would have been more interesting with more of Dracula. The storytelling seems to be just that: more "telling" rather than "showing". The writing style is a bit awkward even for its time... I often wondered if people ever talked like the dialogue in this book. So the biggest problems I had with the book were the writing style and the main character missing from most of the book. It's actually reassuring that I don't LOVE every 19th century novel, since I won't have time for all of them. (I think I've loved all the others I've read until now.) I do like the image of Mina and Lucy unknowingly sitting on a grave with a bench over it by the sea and having Dracula hiding in that grave though. Spooky. And also the image of Dr. Seward speaking exact dialogue word for word into a phonograph... including impersonations of the speakers voices.
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