YMMV / Varney the Vampire

  • Cult Classic: while Dracula is one of modern fiction's most well-known characters, Varney remains known to a small but dedicated fanbase (and you do have to be pretty dedicated to read 2000 pages of dense, dense Victorian prose) over a century and a half later.
  • Older Than They Think: Predates Dracula by more than 50 years, and the original folklore is far older even than that. (However, several vampire traits commonly taken for granted are newer even than Bram Stoker's novel.)
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Much of the novel's innovation falls victim to this effect, such as the idea of a vampire with fangs, puncture marks on the throat, and the sympathetic vampire, all of which have become standards in later vampire fiction.