I guess this has to be my first flop read of the year.
A bit of a backstory… I don’t like Horror as a genre in any form of entertainment or activity. I just don’t like it. But despite, Dracula by Bram Stoker falling into this category it was more of a walk around the street at 10pm then something terrifying.
Such a buzz kill, honestly.
I was waiting to be on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, wanting to hide under the sheets but I just wanted to hide from the redundancy of Van Helsing’s crush on Mina Harker.
The story begins with John Harker (a solicitor) travelling from England to Transylvania for handling the business of a very important/discreet client who is Count Dracula. Upon reaching the place he goes through some horrifying experiences that leave him traumatized as he gets to know the reality of his host.
“Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”
Back home, Mina(his fiancé) anxiously awaits any word from John – whom the Count has kept captive – and goes to the country side with her friend Lucy. While on vacation, Mina goes through troubles of her own when Lucy starts sleepwalking and has a wound on her neck. But eventually has to leave her when she gets a letter about John’s health from the hospital he’s admitted in Transylvania.
“How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”
Slowly, the children in the town are passing out and have the same wound around their neck which leads to one of Lucy’s Suitor; Dr. Seward to request the help of the formidable and renowned Dr. Van Helsing from Amsterdam.
“It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play.”
With the clues he pieces together the trouble that has befallen the people around and with the help of Mina, John, and Lucy’s steward they go on a quest to save England from the abomination that could destroy them all.
“Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.”
So, Count Dracula is a vampire (SPOILER ALERT).
But he isn’t the dreamy or romantic version we’ve seen in the form of Edward Cullen or Damon Salvatore. Nor is it a better love story than Twilight honestly.
Despite this book being a Classic that was published in the 19th century, it may have been amazing and mind blowing for people back then but as a reader who loves any movie or book about the Victorian Era, I couldn’t find myself to like it.
Also, this book is a collection of journal entries of the main characters and I found myself getting confused about the timeline of events and keeping a track of what is going on, and where the characters are.
Sure, there were parts that peaked my curiosity and got my mind racing, but for the most part it was just okay. Van Helsing has a lot to say and I feel that the book could be 150 pages less if the author didn’t expand his emotions to chapters.
I guess since we’ve seen Vampire been so glamorized and romanticized by Hollywood they chucked out the horror and cruel part out of the system and left us drooling more.
Although it did give insight into the history of Dracula and the family.
Anyway, onto the basics:
- Rating: 2.0/5.0
- Favorite quote: “I want you to believe…to believe in things that you cannot.”
- Reader level: It isn’t easy, some things are relevant to the era it was written in
- Should you read: If you want to know the origin of Dracula then sure.
- Would I read it again: Unless, someone can change my mind.
Till next time,