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I thought the opening in Castle Dracula was really atmospheric but as soon as it moved away from there it started to go down-hill.
Chris' Fish Place 7 years ago
Each time I re-read this, I always end up feeling even more sorry for Lucy. She's sweet, but she's a hell of alot smarter than those who love her give her credit for. Don't even get me started on her mother.
I've only read it the once and I'm not sure I want to again.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 7 years ago
@Fish Place - Ah but Lucy's poor mother is dying! It's kind of like all the women in that family must be protected - and we must feel sympathy over the suffering. (eyeroll) I think I'm probably just reacting to what I did last time - the helpless woman thing. At least Mina is asking questions and attempting to do something - that helps somewhat. But I think it's just the whole Victorian culture that's my problem. Which I can't really blame Stoker for.

But then I'm still not far in - the mother and Lucy may soon grate on me more!

@Arbie - he can really do atmosphere well! It will be fun to see if I find any part that I enjoy as much as the ship with the dead captain bit - just that part is a nice reread.

For some reason I always have the hardest time picturing Dracula with a mustache. It makes complete sense for the era (and hairstyles) and for Transylvania and London fashions - but nope, just seems wrong. Movies ruined me, apparently. Well, that and the fact that when I was a little kid in the 70s mustaches were something of a joke.

I find the contrast between wet, ineffectual Brit women and at least somewhat competent, independent American women interesting - it happens a fair bit Victorian literature in my experience and I have the impression that a lot of Victorian Brits found American women a bit shocking.
Batgrl: Bookish Hooha 7 years ago
What's interesting in Dracula is that we have the competent Mina vs the pampered Lucy - and it's more of a class/money thing, where Mina's a teacher and has had to earn her keep, while Lucy has been taken care of as a gentleman's daughter. I think it's the passivity that annoys me so - the idea that you have to just lie there and await your doom, especially since the men can't seem to save her (keep the window closed already!).

And NOW I've gotten to the part where I want to smack Lucy's dying mother on the head. (See, it happened!) Dangit, do not mess with the garlic, mom!!
Bark at the Ghouls 7 years ago
Never read this. I wonder if it's on audio? That's how I finally read Frankenstein.