Review – Dracula
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  • October 27, 2010


It must be Halloween, because I have been in the mood to read something Gothic. And Spooky. Finding something that is both, and is satisfying, is proving to be more difficult. After several fizzles, and one or two “it’s okay” kind of books I decided to go with something I knew would work for me. Can’t argue with a classic – Dracula. By Bram Stoker, of course.

For the record, I have read Dracula more times than I can count. I find it really fascinating. The story gets me every time. Of course, I have always been a Vampire fan and what better book to revisit than the Grandaddy of all Vampy books?

The plot is straight forward, the writing… not so much. A warning – this is a very over florid book to read. It’s terribly Victorian in that not only was the writer being paid by the word… but also by the letter… and the punctuation marks (of which are legion in this book, good gods!). There are many unnecessarily long passages, whole chunks of monologues that are pages long, and other such atmospheric gobbledygook. Lots of cool, old fashiony lingo though (“polyglot” springs to mind)… but… long… winded… chunks… of book…. and lots of this :- and this; and yet more punctuation.

That said, this is one of my favourite books of all time. Why? The story, the familiarity, the suspense. I can’t get enough. Reading it is like curling up with an old friend who I haven’t gotten over yet. The characters pull me into their world, the situation calls to me. I thought maybe in my adulthood this book wouldn’t appeal to me anymore. I’m not the angsty fourteen year old I was the first time I read it. I’m whingey, but whingey is a far cry from angsty. Yep.

If you’re a fan of the modern Vampire novel and you haven’t read this I just want to shake my head at you. If you can’t handle the long chunks of “Whinge!!!” then pick up an abridged version. It will likely cut out enough of the drag to whet your appetite. However, I loathe abridged books. If my attention wanes that’s one thing. If I start out half-assed from the get go, that’s all on me.

5 out of 5 stars. For still being my favourite.

– BP

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