Reviews: Dracula

Dracula, Bram Stoker - Important but not good

Epostolary novel told from multiple perspectives about the vampire, Count Dracula, who is trying to invade London and turn everyone else into vampires. A bunch of rich guys and a chick decide to stop him. I read the somewhat recently-discovered unabridged version.

No matter how many times Stoker says he is clever, Dracula is dumb as a brick. Not a single thing he does makes sense. Every action he takes brings him closer to defeat. Not only did the great vampire not kill his enemies when he had the chance - several times! - he decided to prey on their women and leave his tombs where anyone could get to them.

Because of Dracula's stupidity, Dracula fails as suspense, horror, mythology, and adventure. It fails completely.

At least there were the lovely illustrations by Becky Cloonan in the new Harper Collins edition.

-Himeko Inaba