Author: Bram Stoker
First Published: May 26, 1897
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Kim’s Version of the Book:
Barnes & Noble Leather Bound Classics
Published July 1, 2011
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.
Bram Stoker’s novel became one of the masterpieces of the horror genre, brilliantly evoking a world of vampires and vampire hunters whilst simultaneously exposing the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and frustrated desire.
Wow! I FINALLY read Dracula! Over the years, I have started Dracula over and over again, physical book, audiobook, and I could never get through the first two chapters. I decided that I would be a failure as a book nerd and horror freak if I didn’t read one of the most classic horror books of all time . . . So I sat down and read the whole thing. I really enjoyed it.
I’m all about an insane asylums and I got plenty. Renfield is a fascinating character and I’ll admit that I’m still crushing on Dr. Seward. I thought that the mutual admiration society amongst all the characters got really hilarious at times, but hey, compliments are helpful in times of stress and strife. Even all the implied horror and action was satisfying. My one real issue was near the end when they were traveling back to Transylvania and literally nothing happened for over 50 pages. That got really boring, really quick. However, overall, such a great read that I would recommend to everyone.