Synopsis (from amazon)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula introduces one of literature’s most famous characters, as the terrifying Count wreaks havoc on the band of hunters intent on stopping him.
When I posted my list for the To Be Read Pile Challenge a lot of people said that Dracula was a great choice, so I decided to read it as my first book for the challenge.
A lot of my TBR pile books are classics, mainly because I find that reading classics tends to take more stamina than more contemporary novels. Dracula was no different really. It was probably easier than some of the other classics however.
I like gothic novels so I loved the gothic elements in Dracula, although I did expect a bit more of that. I also enjoyed the hunt as the ‘team’ tried to track down, isolate, and destroy Dracula. It had a decent portion of action but also had some thoughtfulness which was more interesting to read. I imagine when vampire folklore was less well known these portions of the novel would have seemed smarter and have much more of a climax. Nowadays vampires are pretty ingrained in popular culture so things aren’t as much of a surprise.
There was a little bit of a feminist element which I hadn’t expected. Mina is undoubtedly a clever and strong woman. She is often seen as just a woman, until she does something that is seen as remarkable, and even then the effects of that only last for a a little while
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