So there's a reason why Dracula is a classic horror story. Stoker created the vampire that is still a thing in 2018. Why do writers come back again and again to the tale of a creature that was all about murder and mayhem?I tend to love Stoker's look at Dracula and vampires the most. I always side eyed writers that made vampires poor tortured and sad and alone. Stoker's first look at Count Dracula shows us a cunning character who is focused on wrecking Johnathan Harker's life and those connected to him.
"Dracula" focuses on Count Dracula who travels from Transylvania to England (London specifically) in order to spread more vampires. Fighting against him is Johnathan Harker, his new wife, Mina along with friends of the couple (Doctor John Seward, Quincey Morris, and Arthur Holmwood). The latter group also comes across a vampire slayer (whatever, that is what I am calling him) Abraham Van Helsing.
I think the saddest character in this is Lucy. She's best friends with Mina and has attracted many marriage proposals. When she finally agrees to marry Arthur, it would be seem that her life is perfect. However, she seems to be growing weaker and weaker and is sleepwalking. John calls in Van Helsing who suspects what is going on, but doesn't inform all parties. The end of Lucy always made me feel bad.
We also have the character of Renfield who is creepy as all get out. Reading about him collecting bugs, spiders, sparrows, and wanting a kitten or cat and finding out what he was eating and feeding to other animals was a bit much for me.
The book cuts things up by showing us the journal or diary entries from many of the characters. I can't really argue against this style of story-telling. It allows us into the characters heads. I do wish at times that we could have gotten more dialogue between characters though. Sometimes it just reads as flat sometimes. The flow was up and down. I think switching between characters/entries takes you out of the story at times.
I do wish that more movies/tv shows had been more faithful with the original work since you do get a sense of the camaraderie that has developed by all parties in order to stop Dracula especially when he ends up cursing Mina with vampirism.
The ending shows what happens after they all confronted Dracula which I liked.
I loved this book it was a brilliant story that I really enjoyed.
I read this is 2 sitting's which is rather quick for me because sometimes it take a week to finish a book if I do not enjoy it.
I was worried that i would not like this book because I love the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but it was a nice surprise that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Now I have not read Dracula but now I really want to because it has peaked my interest so I think its going to be on my list of classics that I need to get me hands on. It was good to see Sherlock and Watson to be written by a more modern writer and it was nice to see the clash that Sherlock and Watson had on their beliefs for the answer to mystery.
I have learnt also that there is more to this collection and I do also plan on buying more of them because the author was amazing and I loved his writing it had me hooked the entire book.
I would recommend this to anyone that does like Sherlock Holmes because it is an amazing twist to the original set of stories.
Sorry this is a short review I need to get back into the swing of things.