History Literature / Dracula

26th Nov '16 10:42:43 AM Berrenta
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%%* AbridgedForChildren: The 1901 Abridged Edition.



* DroppedAbridgedOnIt: The 1901 Abridged Edition.
26th Nov '16 10:21:41 AM Demetrios
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* WouldHurtAChild: After Lucy was turned into a vampire, children were her favorite targets.
16th Nov '16 6:10:44 AM DelShiftB
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* SwitchingPOV: The novel is composed of a collection of journals. It slips up in one case, where Mrs. Harker refers to herself in third person in chapter XXVI (where she is writing a journal but mentions the others made details that she didn't hear.)
14th Nov '16 6:31:57 AM DelShiftB
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* RobbingTheDead: A thief steals the crucifix placed over Lucy's mouth, disrupting one of the plans Van Helsing had.
13th Nov '16 10:31:22 PM MadAnthony94
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* ArtisticLicenceHistory: Stoker was clearly trying to imply that Dracula is the historical Vlad III of Wallachia, but has mixed him up with John Hunyadi, a contemporary and sometime enemy of Vlad. It was actually Hunyadi who ruled Transylvania (Vlad was from Wallachia), held the title of Count, and had connections to the Szekely gypsies.
1st Oct '16 9:20:42 AM CASCHero
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* InformedAbility: Vampirism is really vague in this story and it's not really clear what it does besides what's shown. Most known is that it turns the victim into a monster, they gain a few powers and they drink blood. Okay fine, but outside that we only get hints that it's the worst thing ever for the victim, because apparently their souls are either trapped in their bodies or taken over by the monster they become (Lucy sudden shifts in demeanor as she's dying leads some credence to this). Or the person becomes corrupted and evil just from turning. Outside of feeding on humans, it never really goes into too much detail on the specifics of what's causing the change. But that might just add to the mystique for the sake of horror. Dr. Van Helsing also mentions a few vampire powers that are never used, like using a victim's tomb as an alternative sanctuary or animating normal corpses to do their bidding.

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* InformedAbility: Vampirism is really vague in this story and it's not really clear what it does besides what's shown. Most known is that it turns the victim into a monster, they gain a few powers and they drink blood. Okay fine, but outside that we only get hints that it's the worst thing ever for the victim, because apparently their souls are either trapped in their bodies or taken over by the monster they become (Lucy sudden shifts in demeanor as she's dying leads some credence to this). Or the person becomes corrupted and evil just from turning. Outside of feeding on humans, it never really goes into too much detail on the specifics of what's causing the change. But that might just add to the mystique for the sake of horror. Dr. Van Helsing also mentions a few vampire powers that are never used, like using a victim's tomb as an alternative sanctuary or animating normal corpses to do their bidding.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the novel, [[spoiler:Jonathan Harker's]] escape from [[spoiler:Dracula's castle]]. Justified because [[spoiler:Jonathan was in no condition to write about that experience in his diary afterward, and nobody else was there to write about it either. The only snippets he manages to rveals is that he got out by crawling down a castle wall and was chased by something (either the brides or wolves in the area or both) but managing to elude them.]]

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the novel, [[spoiler:Jonathan Harker's]] escape from [[spoiler:Dracula's castle]]. Justified because [[spoiler:Jonathan was in no condition to write about that experience in his diary afterward, and nobody else was there to write about it either. The only snippets he manages to rveals reveal is that he got out by crawling down a castle wall and was chased by something (either the brides or wolves in the area or both) but before managing to elude them.]]
1st Oct '16 9:17:50 AM CASCHero
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* InformedAbility: Vampirism is really vague in this story and it's not really clear what it does besides what's shown. Most known is that it turns the victim into a monster, they gain a few powers and they drink blood. Okay fine, but outside that we only get hints that it's the worst thing ever for the victim, because apparently their souls are either trapped in their bodies or taken over by the monster they become. Or the person becomes corrupted and evil just from turning. Was Lucy truly evil just be-old monster? Outside of feeding on humans, it never really goes into too much detail on the specifics of what's causing the change. But that might just add to the mystique for the sake of horror. Dr. Van Helsing also mentions a few vampire powers that are never used, like using a victim's tomb as an alternative sanctuary or animating normal corpses to do their bidding.

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* InformedAbility: Vampirism is really vague in this story and it's not really clear what it does besides what's shown. Most known is that it turns the victim into a monster, they gain a few powers and they drink blood. Okay fine, but outside that we only get hints that it's the worst thing ever for the victim, because apparently their souls are either trapped in their bodies or taken over by the monster they become.become (Lucy sudden shifts in demeanor as she's dying leads some credence to this). Or the person becomes corrupted and evil just from turning. Was Lucy truly evil just be-old monster? Outside of feeding on humans, it never really goes into too much detail on the specifics of what's causing the change. But that might just add to the mystique for the sake of horror. Dr. Van Helsing also mentions a few vampire powers that are never used, like using a victim's tomb as an alternative sanctuary or animating normal corpses to do their bidding.



* NoOntologicalInertia: Killing the original vampire before its bitten victims die (and subsequently resurrect as vampires) returns said victims to normal. Otherwise it's permanent.

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* NoOntologicalInertia: Killing the original vampire before its bitten victims die (and subsequently resurrect as vampires) returns said victims to normal. Otherwise it's permanent.permanent (Can't exactly bring a walking corpse back to normal after all).



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the novel, [[spoiler:Jonathan Harker's]] escape from [[spoiler:Dracula's castle]]. Justified because [[spoiler:Jonathan was in no condition to write about that experience in his diary afterward, and nobody else was there to write about it either.]]

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the novel, [[spoiler:Jonathan Harker's]] escape from [[spoiler:Dracula's castle]]. Justified because [[spoiler:Jonathan was in no condition to write about that experience in his diary afterward, and nobody else was there to write about it either. The only snippets he manages to rveals is that he got out by crawling down a castle wall and was chased by something (either the brides or wolves in the area or both) but managing to elude them.]]
6th Jun '16 2:49:08 PM Doug86
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Has been compared to ''{{Literature/Frankenstein}}'' from the time it was released, as both of them are {{Scrapbook Stor|y}}ies that took old-school horror tropes and placed them in modern (at the time) settings with modern (at the time) technologies, to great effect. This comparison, as well as [[UniversalHorror Universal's]] and [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer's]] movies, have ensured that the two works remain widely associated with each other to this day.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Has been compared to ''{{Literature/Frankenstein}}'' ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' from the time it was released, as both of them are {{Scrapbook Stor|y}}ies that took old-school horror tropes and placed them in modern (at the time) settings with modern (at the time) technologies, to great effect. This comparison, as well as [[UniversalHorror [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal's]] and [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer's]] movies, have ensured that the two works remain widely associated with each other to this day.
5th Jun '16 4:08:12 PM Vicious96
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* SexIsEvil: The story is often interpreted as a metaphor for female sexuality and how a sexual active woman is dangerous to civilized Victorian society.
17th May '16 1:55:47 PM LadyNorbert
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Jonathan Harker, a young British solicitor about to be made partner, is sent out to Castle Dracula in Transylvania to see about a new client of his firm. Waiting at home for him is his young fiancee and secretary, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray. Jonathan expects to be back home within a few weeks, but he doesn't know that Count Dracula is an ancient vampire, whose intentions of moving to England are nothing less than a plan to feast on the teeming crowds of London.

Meanwhile in England, a Dr. John Seward, keeper of an insane asylum, notices a strange habit of his patient Renfield: consuming live things so as to absorb their life energy. Renfield keeps trying to escape to the old abandoned house next to his asylum, which seems to be seeing a lot of activity all of a sudden. And Lucy Westenra, Mina's beautiful best friend with one Fiancee and two men in unrequited love with her potential (Dr. Seward being one of the two), is beginning to fall ill...

Concerned about Lucy's health, Dr. Seward notifies his Dutch mentor, Dr. [[AuthorAvatar Abraham van Helsing]]. When Van Helsing recognizes Lucy's illness as the mark of the vampire, he gathers Lucy's loved ones around him to save the girl: her fiance Lord Arthur Godalming, her American former suitor Quincey Morris, Jonathan Harker (who was found severely traumatized by Dracula, but alive), and Mina. Knowing that Dracula's power doesn't work during the day -- although he can still move about, and ''fight'', quite well during these hours -- they form a plan to hunt him down and rid the world of him forever. Although the men initially try to keep Mina out of the loop to protect her feminine sensibilities, she quickly proves herself to be a strong and thoroughly clever investigator... which Dracula himself is just as quick to notice.

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Jonathan Harker, a young British solicitor about to be made partner, is sent out to Castle Dracula in Transylvania to see about a new client of his firm. Waiting at home for him is his young fiancee fiancée and secretary, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray. Jonathan expects to be back home within a few weeks, but he doesn't know that Count Dracula is an ancient vampire, whose intentions of moving to England are nothing less than a plan to feast on the teeming crowds of London.

Meanwhile in England, a Dr. John Seward, keeper of an insane asylum, notices a strange habit of his patient Renfield: consuming live things so as to absorb their life energy. Renfield keeps trying to escape to the old abandoned house next to his asylum, which seems to be seeing a lot of activity all of a sudden. And Lucy Westenra, Mina's beautiful best friend with one Fiancee fiancé and two men in unrequited love with her potential (Dr. Seward being one of the two), is beginning to fall ill...

Concerned about Lucy's health, Dr. Seward notifies his Dutch mentor, Dr. [[AuthorAvatar Abraham van Helsing]]. When Van Helsing recognizes Lucy's illness as the mark of the vampire, he gathers Lucy's loved ones around him to save the girl: her fiance fiancé Lord Arthur Godalming, her American former suitor Quincey Morris, Jonathan Harker (who was found severely traumatized by Dracula, but alive), and Mina. Knowing that Dracula's power doesn't work during the day -- although he can still move about, and ''fight'', quite well during these hours -- they form a plan to hunt him down and rid the world of him forever. Although the men initially try to keep Mina out of the loop to protect her feminine sensibilities, she quickly proves herself to be a strong and thoroughly clever investigator... which Dracula himself is just as quick to notice.




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* AdmiringTheAbomination: According to van Helsing, the Count "must indeed have been that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turk, over the great river on the very frontier of Turkey-land. If it be so, then was he no common man: for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and the most cunning, as well as the bravest of the sons of the 'land beyond the forest'".

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* AdmiringTheAbomination: According to van Van Helsing, the Count "must indeed have been that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turk, over the great river on the very frontier of Turkey-land. If it be so, then was he no common man: for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and the most cunning, as well as the bravest of the sons of the 'land beyond the forest'".forest'."



* AffectionateNickname: Van Helsing takes to Mina in a very fatherly sort of way, and consistently refers to her as "our dear Madam Mina."



* BreakingAndBloodsucking: The TropeCodifier with a helping hand from PopCulturalOsmosis. Dracula never technically enters Lucy's bedroom. On the first occasion, he hypnotises her to leave the house and go down to the park. Thereafter, he goes to her bedroom window as a bat and she climbs partway out of it to be drained. When vamping [[spoiler: Mina]], he was able to enter because an inmate of the asylum she was sleeping in gave him leave. .

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* BreakingAndBloodsucking: The TropeCodifier with a helping hand from PopCulturalOsmosis. Dracula never technically enters Lucy's bedroom. On the first occasion, he hypnotises her to leave the house and go down to the park. Thereafter, he goes to her bedroom window as a bat and she climbs partway out of it to be drained. When vamping [[spoiler: Mina]], he was able to enter because an inmate of the asylum she was sleeping in gave him leave. .



** TheHero: Jonathan Harker (the first to encounter Dracula and instigator of the hunt).

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** TheHero: Jonathan Harker (the first to encounter Dracula and instigator of the hunt).hunt)



** TheBigGuy: Quincey Morris (provides the firepower).

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** TheBigGuy: Quincey Morris (provides the firepower).firepower)



** TheChick: Mina Harker (has to deal with [[StayInTheKitchen the prejudice of the times]]).
** [[{{Mentors}} The Mentor]]: Van Helsing (the experienced vampire hunter who trains the others in the art of slaying the Un-Dead)

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** TheChick: Mina Harker (has to deal with [[StayInTheKitchen the prejudice of the times]]).
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** [[{{Mentors}} The Mentor]]: Van Helsing (the experienced vampire hunter who trains the others in the art of slaying the Un-Dead)UnDead)
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