August 26, 2008

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I am not entirely sure why I wanted to read this book, but I am glad I did. I got it as a gift for my birthday (thanks Laura) and maybe I was still on a vampire high from finishing up the Twilight series. It just seemed interesting.
I had never really saw any of the Dracula movies, or knew much about the book. So, I did not really know what to expect. Although a few years ago I did read this book called The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. It had a lot to do with Dracula and the myths behind the legend. It was a really good book, although a little long. I found the book (Dracula) really interesting. I liked that it was written from multiple points of views, through letters and journal entries. It made the story a little unsettling, which added to the spookiness. I did not really think it was scary, but it did make me a little nervous....and oddly enough I had a lot of weird vampire dreams. I loved the Van Helsing character, he was so passionate in his work, I loved to read his part of the story. The only annoying thing was the female characters. I am not sure if it was the author, or just the era....but I found them to be so needy and whiny. Over all it was a good read, and made me want to explore some other "classic literature"....that I have always avoided reading until now. I haven't decided what I am going to read next...time for a Borders trip I think.
Has anyone ever seen the Dracula movies? I wanted to watch them, but heard they were really gross and didn't really stay with the idea of the book.

6 comments:

JethRobyn said...

Jethro is reading that book right now. He keeps giving me book reports about it. I think after he is done, I will try reading it. Although right now I'm in the middle of Breaking Dawn, so i don't think I can picture vampires other than Edward :). He read Mary Shelly's Frankenstein Before this one, and he really liked it, it's why he wanted to read Dracula. Give it a try.

Emma and Cody said...

I have always wanted to read that book. I just bought the Great Gastby. I haven't started it yet, but I am also in a classic literature kind of a mood.

The Bosko Family said...

OH! Both books I've wanted to try...good recommendations. Thanks! I am really looking forward to Frankenstien....
And I totally agree...Edward had changed my veiws on vampires, it is hard to see them as scary.

Nat said...

I Loved Dracula, I read that a lot in Jr. High, and for my money Bela Lugosi is where its at in my book for Vampires. I know a lot of people snort and say "Ya-Ya-Ya" but seriously that dude IS Vampire. I LOOOOOVVVVEEE Frankenstien. That was my fav to read in High School, on my breaks when I was at Hardee's. It's my fav from that erra of Classic Horror (better then Hunch Back of Notre Dame). Try "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". I enjoyed that a bit.

The Bosko Family said...

Thanks Nat. I got both the Bela Lugosi and Gary Oldman version in my Blockbuster queue...so I can compare.
I also have been wanting to try Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! It is on the list...

My list is always getting longer, before it ever gets shorter. Ha!

Caleb said...

Didn't love either Dracula movie. Too much sex in one, and weird to not have a music score in the Bela Lugosi (I did find it objectively interesting). I heard they have a version with a score written later.

The best classic vampire movie has to be Nosferatu. It's a silent movie from the 1920s. It's amazing work, and actually sort of creepy. Much better than the others.