I just finished Dracula a little more than an hour ago, and I must say, how FANTASTIC the book is! I can’t believe that I didn’t/wasn’t able to read it sooner! From the writing style, to the characters, story, etc.
Previously I wrote about how readers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries would find the tale scary, I did in some points. The settings were described so well that I could actually feel some of the atmosphere.
There were additional descriptions of Dracula than what I posted the other day, but here is one of the most telling, from chapter 21, page 300:
As we burst into the room, the Count turned his face, and the hellish look that I had heard described seemed to leap into it. His eyes flamed red with devilish passion; the great nostrils of the white aquiline nose opened wide and quivered at the edge; and the white sharp teeth, behind the full lips of the blood dripping mouth, champed together like those of a wild beast.
While reading the book, I really didn’t want to put it down, but unfortunately, had to. I definitely see the continual world-wide appeal with vampires and the fascination with Dracula. By reading Stoker’s work, I do have a better appreciation as to how popular these novels have become over time. Because I have read this novel, I will, at some point, start reading Anne Rice’s novels for a more ‘modern’ flavor on vampires. However, with that being said, I will not read the Twilight series simply because those novels do not appeal to me.
Bravo! I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a great story. It’s definitely going to be one that I could see myself reading again a few years down the road!