History Literature / Dracula

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)
15th Apr '16 6:04:09 PM Mdumas43073
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* Dedication: "To my dear friend Hommy-Beg".[[note]]An affectionate nickname for Stoker's friend and fellow novelist, [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_Caine Hall Caine]].[[/note]]

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* Dedication: {{Dedication}}: "To my dear friend Hommy-Beg".[[note]]An affectionate nickname for Stoker's friend and fellow novelist, [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_Caine Hall Caine]].[[/note]]
15th Apr '16 6:03:36 PM Mdumas43073
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* Dedication: "To my dear friend Hommy-Beg".[[note]]An affectionate nickname for Stoker's friend and fellow novelist, [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_Caine Hall Caine]].[[/note]]
12th Apr '16 10:13:27 PM MasoTey
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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 man in unrequited love with her potential (Dr. Seward being one of the two), is beginning to fall ill...

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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 man men in unrequited love with her potential (Dr. Seward being one of the two), is beginning to fall ill...



* WineIsClassy: Dracula [[IDoNotDrinkWine does not drink... wine]]. He does serve it to his guests, however. Jonathan Harker even comments on the "bottle of excellent Old Tokay (more commonly spelled Tokaji, it's Hungary's largest and best-known wine district)" he is served with his first dinner in castle Dracula.

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* WineIsClassy: Dracula [[IDoNotDrinkWine does not drink... wine]]. He does serve it to his guests, however. Jonathan Harker even comments on the "bottle of excellent Old Tokay (more Tokay"[[note]]More commonly spelled Tokaji, it's Hungary's largest and best-known wine district)" district.[[/note]] he is served with his first dinner in castle Dracula.
28th Mar '16 10:07:44 PM Prfnoff
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* VampiresHateGarlic: Van Helsing attempts to protect Lucy from Dracula by giving her a garland of garlic flowers to wear, and rubbing garlic around all the entrances of her bedroom.
19th Mar '16 1:42:33 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: Invoked by Jonathan Harker in his journal, when he refers to the three Brides of Dracula as "those weird sisters".
7th Mar '16 1:00:47 AM TARINunit9
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* UnbuiltTrope: The book was published when "vampires" were ghoulish specters of Satan rather than rape allegories, and Shelly was more than happy to deconstruct both at the same time; as such the Count bears little resemblance to the vampires we know and love today. Dracula is less suave master of the night and more [[EvilOldFolks old cranky warlock]]. He was only handsome if he could be arsed enough to shapeshift; his default form was a wrinkled hairy man. He was bad at seduction and resorted to hypnosis or kidnapping for most of his food, and his female victims were setups for [[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis imagery]] instead of anything sexual. He was a DaywalkingVampire. His vulnerability to the old medieval superstitions (requires soil from his homeland to rest in, cannot cross running water without a boat, MustBeInvited, etc) leaves him easy pickings for the GenreSavvy Van Helsing and makes him easy to track when he tries to flee back to his castle. Most egregiously, he's not killed by impaling stake or silver, but an (admittedly pretty cool) beheading by kukri knife!

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* UnbuiltTrope: The book was published when "vampires" were ghoulish specters of Satan rather than rape allegories, and Shelly Stoker was more than happy to deconstruct both at the same time; as such the Count bears little resemblance to the vampires we know and love today. Dracula is less suave master of the night and more [[EvilOldFolks old cranky warlock]]. He was only handsome if he could be arsed enough to shapeshift; his default form was a wrinkled hairy man. He was bad at seduction and resorted to hypnosis or kidnapping for most of his food, and his female victims were setups for [[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis imagery]] instead of anything sexual. He was a DaywalkingVampire. His vulnerability to the old medieval superstitions (requires soil from his homeland to rest in, cannot cross running water without a boat, MustBeInvited, etc) leaves him easy pickings for the GenreSavvy Van Helsing and makes him easy to track when he tries to flee back to his castle. Most egregiously, he's not killed by impaling stake or silver, but an (admittedly pretty cool) beheading by kukri knife!
7th Mar '16 1:00:26 AM TARINunit9
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* UnbuiltTrope: The Count bears little resemblance to the vampires we know and love today. Dracula is less suave master of the night and more [[EvilOldFolks old cranky warlock]]. He was only handsome if he could be arsed enough to shapeshift; his default form was a wrinkled hairy man. He was bad at seduction and resorted to hypnosis or kidnapping for most of his food. He was a DaywalkingVampire. His vulnerability to the old medieval superstitions (requires soil from his homeland to rest in, cannot cross running water without a boat, MustBeInvited, etc) leaves him easy pickings for the GenreSavvy Van Helsing and makes him easy to track when he tries to flee back to his castle. Most egregiously, he's not killed by impaling stake or silver, but an (admittedly pretty cool) beheading by kukri knife!

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* UnbuiltTrope: The book was published when "vampires" were ghoulish specters of Satan rather than rape allegories, and Shelly was more than happy to deconstruct both at the same time; as such the Count bears little resemblance to the vampires we know and love today. Dracula is less suave master of the night and more [[EvilOldFolks old cranky warlock]]. He was only handsome if he could be arsed enough to shapeshift; his default form was a wrinkled hairy man. He was bad at seduction and resorted to hypnosis or kidnapping for most of his food.food, and his female victims were setups for [[VictorianNovelDisease tuberculosis imagery]] instead of anything sexual. He was a DaywalkingVampire. His vulnerability to the old medieval superstitions (requires soil from his homeland to rest in, cannot cross running water without a boat, MustBeInvited, etc) leaves him easy pickings for the GenreSavvy Van Helsing and makes him easy to track when he tries to flee back to his castle. Most egregiously, he's not killed by impaling stake or silver, but an (admittedly pretty cool) beheading by kukri knife!
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