Values Dissonance: The casual antisemitism displayed by Harker, the sexism, the xenophobia, and such would have been seen as perfectly normal and cultured for the well-to-do British reading this novel when it first was published.
- In the novel, Dracula is Mina Harker's metaphorical rapist. In all movie adaptations, he's Promoted to Love Interest. Make of that what you will.
- The story is rife with the casual sexism of the time: for instance, when Mina has a bright idea, Van Helsing remarks that she has "the brain of a man". However, an open-minded reading will show a deconstruction with a strong feminist leaning, as the men are perpetually useless at anything except a straight fight, while Mina is the only character to be consistently intelligent and useful throughout.
- Sadly, this element takes a critical hit in most movie adaptions. most notably, in the Bela Lugosi version, she's portrayed as nothing more than a whimpering child in an adult body. This aspect is returned though in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula which portrays a romantic attraction between Mina and the Count.
- Nearly every adaptation turns Lucy into a sexually promiscuous and flirty girl, with the odd exception of 2013 television series (which turns her into a lesbian instead.) In the novel she's a downright Purity Sue but this gets turned into her lusting after all her potential suitors. It's shown as a huge character flaw that her sole ambition is to marry before she turns 20. An upper class Victorian woman wouldn't be expected to have more ambition than that. The novel makes a point that Lucy cares and possibly loves all her potential suitors - but that normally gets lost in adaptations that portray her as a shameless flirt. It seems an attempt at Death by Sex though one must realise that Lucy died before her wedding, therefore as a virgin while Mina married Jonathan and was presumably not a virgin by the book's end. Kate Beaton, author of the Web comic cited this incident, noting:
Here we have Bram Stoker's Dracula, a book written to tell ladies that if you're not a submissive waif, society goes to hell and ungodly monsters are going to turn you into child killing horrors and someone is going to drive a bowie knife through your heart/cut off your head/etc. As you deserve!