The first time I read Stokers masterpiece I was little more than a kid,with peach fuzz on my face and arms so awkwardly long I looked like a beast straight out of a David Attenborough special.
At the time there were a lot of these vampiric films doing the rounds,with people sparkling in the sun like a jean pant that has been bedazzled by a mother of one of those dreadful pageant shows,after reading Dracula it all seemed a bit redundant;converting a powerful figure like a nosferatu into a sparkling teenager was a bit odd to me.
From page one i was captivated by Stokers flawless narrative style,switching between Jonathan,Mina,Lucy and the count himself was no hassle what so ever and i had no problem keeping up with all the happenings within London and Transylvania.
The Irish author released the gothic horror novel Dracula in 1897,it tells the story of Count Dracula-a charming,assertive man who lures an english businessman Jonathan Harker to organise his estate,Jonathan soon realises the the count is not all that meets the eye,exposed to all sorts of horrors Jonathan escapes the clutches of Vlad the Impaler and his horrid brides known as the sisters.
I don’t want to give away the whole story-as this is a piece of literal mastery,filled with suspense and a “real feel” to it,after hours of following Mina and Lucy in there love triangles one tends to forget this was a work of fiction and I had to remind myself a few times this great piece of reading is only the result of fictional characters.
It is no wonder Dracula was such a big hit,just 69 years prior to its release Frankenstein was released by Mary Shelley and gained power house status-in my opinion,due to the fact that society back then was craving the supernatural;combine that with a few soppy love scenes and you have a winner.
So to conclude:
10 out of 10 from me,if you enjoy a solid narrative style of writing with seamless flow from one character to the next,this is a must for any bibliophile worth their salt.
If sparkling young men with chilled abs are what you are into then i wouldn’t recommend this at all-it is not a Stephanie Meyer special(no offence)