Reviews: Dracula

A Dated Classic

Dracula is very much a product of the literary conventions of its time. The pacing lags a little and the action is sparse, and some of the things that would be considered utterly horrifying in Stoker's day fall a little flat for modern readers—Seinfeld Is Unfunny and all that. Oh, and be prepared for a lot of passages where the main characters fawn over each other and tell each other what wonderful people they are, just to make sure we remember that we're supposed to be rooting for the heroes. That being said, Dracula remains entirely readable and if you're interested in the history of vampires in pop culture then it's a must-read.

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
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