Dracula❴Reading❵ ➷ Dracula Author Bram Stoker – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Jonathan Harker is travelling to Castle Dracula to see the Transylvanian noble Count Dracula He is begged by locals not to go there because on the eve of St George's Day when the clock strikes midnigh Jonathan Harker is travelling to Castle Dracula to see the Transylvanian noble Count Dracula He is begged by locals not to go there because on the eve of St George's Day when the clock strikes midnight all the evil things in the world will come full sway But business must be done so Jonathan makes his way to the Castle and then his nightmare begins His beloved wife Mina and other lost souls have fallen under the Count's horrifying spell Dracula must be destroyed. Two things about this book1 It is a really great and creepy story that deserves classic status2 Everything is repeated soooooo much without any obvious benefitHere is actual footage of Bram Stoker writing this novelIf Stoker had just got to the point this book would have been much exciting and suspenseful I understand the exact same mysterious thing happens night after night I understand that Dracula has some boxes of dirt I get that you brought Winchester rifles along for protection Each of these things was repeated ad nauseam throughout the book Talk about killing the pace by the time the gruesome scares came I was very disengaged Also funny thing about this book as a horror story it must be the grandfather of heading up the stairs to hide instead of running outside or cutting through the graveyard shortly after hearing a serial killer is loose They keep leaving people alone even though those people are repeatedly attacked when they are left alone Then when they finally insist on guarding someone that person insists that they need no one but God to guard them? Seems like so far God had not been interested in protecting so why count on him starting now?So three stars because it is a classic and I like the story I especially like Lucy's suitors their gung ho manliness amuses me But the repetition and the illogical behavior in the face of a bloodsucking monster are the cause of the removal of a couple of stars this was all i could think about whenever they talked about dracula's dirt boxes lol an actual review?? the first half was waaaay interesting to me than the last half idk if that's weird basically once the plot line with lucy was finished i cared a lot less in the end it definitely was not what i expected but i'm still glad that i read this mostly just so that i can build up my horror cred but anyway Dracula the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires stakes garlic and crucifixes Yet when one bothers to read the novel it becomes self evident how twisted modern vampire fiction now isVampires are not meant to inhabit the roles of heroes Go back a few hundred years and men believed truly that the vampire was a real immortal cursed to uench his undying thirst with a living mortal’s blood The very idea of a blood drinker should therefore inspire the image of a villain within the mind And that is what the titular character of this novel isThe word novel is not used lightly as one could also write that this is a collaboration of journals letters and papers For that is how Bram Stoker chose to fashion his famous novel in epistolary form While the different viewpoints through each journal serve to create suspense which suits the gothic tone of the novel perfectlyIn all it is a macabre novel that serves to make the reader reflect upon good and evil The vampire to me is nothing than an indication of man’s cursed nature Who unless he is delivered must suck the life from others around him Ultimately only the righteous can destroy the darkness that serves to drain life That is the lesson which Bram Stoker's timeless classic unswervingly conveys I find Victorian horror so interesting because it’s a clear reaction to social norms of the time to the buttoned down and repressed social climate of the time to the “new moral standards” of the church and the new uestions brought up and hidden away by scientific thought But under the fabric of late Victorian society lay wide ranges of change; the increased marriage rate and idea of the domestic sphere for women giving way to the New Woman the upper class vs lower class divide giving way to a new middle class With the growth of the economy came new ideas of English excellence; with the growth of scientific thought scientific racism Literature as is usual struggles to react With a growing counterculture in literature came the reaction to such; at the trial of author Oscar Wilde passages from his only novel were read to prove that he liked men Soon after Bram Stoker formerly his acuaintance began writing Dracula So the result is that this book is SO fucking weird because if you look at the subtext for than a second it’s Bram Stoker’s internalized homophobia playing out but then he accidentally makes every single one of his characters read as deeply bisexual We’ll get into this in a second as I did promise I was going to weave in excerpts from my essay on ueercoding in this novel “my favorite paper you have written for my classes” english teacher who has had me for a year But first I want to promo this book to you✔I absolutely loved the very wide cast of characters Jonathan is such a good man and I’d honestly trust him with my life Mina is absolutely iconic on every way Also this bechdel test passes although just barely as Mina and Lucy talk about men a lot than their very lesbian natures would imply Lucy is a fantastic character as well she’s just trying to live her life and date three men and one woman at the same time and becomes a demon for her struggles She was too iconic for Victorian literature clearly Even side characters like uentin are endearing oh by the way uentin is an actual unironic parody of Americans and I find that hilarious✔And the other thing about this book is that it’s really creepy The atmosphere is absolutely spellbinding the epistolatory narrative perfect to create a sense of tension and foreboding While all of the characters have some amount of common sense we are given information they often are not we see the dark side in otherwise innocuous details Lucy’s section is honestly the most terrifying of the entire book in the best way So let’s talk about ueercoding because that is what I ended up analyzing about this novel I just want to introduce that with this actual uote from Jonathan Harker’s point of view referring to Dracula “How dare you touch him any of you? How dare you cast eyes on him when I had forbidden it? Back I tell you all This man belongs to me Beware how you meddle with him or you’ll have to deal with me” The fair girl with a laugh of ribald couetry turned to answer him —“You yourself never loved you never love” Then the count turned after looking at my face attentively and said in a soft whisper —“Yes I too can love; you yourselves can tell it from the past Well now I promise you that when I am done with him you shall kiss him at your will Now go go I must awaken him for there is work to be done” I actually cannot overstate enough that this book is a very weird reading experience Bram Stoker waffles back and forth between finding Dracula terrifying and finding him fascinating; the characters both fear him and pity him As with a previous influential vampire of the time he represents the fear of reverse colonization and the fear of sexuality at once Indeed it is widely believed that Stoker’s inspiration for this character was a man he knew and cared for deeply I find this alternately sad and interestingBut I don’t think Dracula is meant to represent one man he is a stand in for the fears and fascination Stoker felt over Victorian society over the new status uo over himself ueercoding does not mean a character is gay necessarily or villainized specifically because they are gay it simply means that the character falls into audience stereotypes of ueer people This tends to occur via three major avenues 1 flamboyant or “feminine” bodily presentation in men or “masculine” presentation in women; 2 association with sex often in a lewd or perverted way; and 3 explicit or implied same sex attraction This happens with the character of Dracula a lot in this novel Dracula is thin bodied often associated with sexual imagery and definitely does not have platonic feelings for Jonathan Harker Towards the end of the novel we even receive this lovely line “your girls that you all love are mine already; and through them you and others shall yet be mine – my creature to do my bidding and to be my jackals when I want to feed” 365 In this context Dracula seems to be expressing attraction to women as a means of getting to their men In the time Bram Stoker was writing the audience would have associated gender noncomformity with gayness; thus a character who presented as gender noncomforming would typically be presented as bad Gay bad straight good Yet while Stoker certainly plays with the trope of the ueercoded villain the message of Dracula is not uite so black and white Mina and Lucy each despite often having roles in the domestic spheres end up wielding far power within the books than male characters and Mina especially is often coded as breaking away from gender norms of the time She is presented as the practical member of her relationship with Jonathan and the better planner a role that would typically go towards the male partner She is explicitly described as having a “man’s brain” as a compliment Mina is also fairly easy to read as ueer herself her relationship with Jonathan is strangely sexless she is described as “staring at a very beautiful girl” multiple times and I’m me so I read into that and perhaps most glaringly her relationship with Lucy is easy to read as having romantic undertones; “oceans of love and millions of kisses” Lucy writes to her friend 117I really hesitated to put this in the review because it sounds so weird out of context but there is also a scene where Mina is forced to drink Dracula’s blood The imagery is that of corruption with Mina’s “white nightdress” being “stained with blood” Metaphorically this suggests that Mina above all of his victims carries a ‘piece’ of him — the ‘purest’ character of the novel losing her spiritual purity to the ueercoded villain The audience expectation is surely that she will fight against her inner darkness read ueerness in order to defeat Dracula Yet Mina’s newfound strength is not entirely presented in a negative light; in fact Mina’s new mind reading powers which yeah are very plot device y serve as the means by which Dracula is eventually defeated While Dracula is too far gone to live a happy life perhaps characters like Mina and for that matter Jonathan are notAll this is to say that vampires are gay now and also apparently Katie McGrath played Lucy once and she was and in love with Mina and Mina was Heterosexual and honestly that’s just so completely not valid Mina Harker is sapphic and I do not accept slander NBC I am horrifiedTW villain ueercoding sexual assault and uh everything that comes with vampires existing basicallyBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Shockingly not a whole hell of a lot of vampire stuff up in this bitchMostly it read like a dull travelogue with lots of emotions bro love everywhere All the men loved all the women platonically or otherwise to the point they were willing to give their lives for whichever lucky lady was getting snacked on by Dracula at the timeIt was uite the love fest I'm not buying it StokerAnd Dracula?Not since Gary Olman's beehived old woman portrayal have I been less scared of this character Welcome to my home Allow me to get you some Entenmann's coffee cake whilst you peruse my garage sale knick knack collection and trip over my catsSo I've come to realize that very few of the classic characters or stories even remotely resemble what you think they will based on their modern counterparts And in my uneducated opinion most classics just aren't all that much fun to read They're boring and filled up with tedious shit that I don't care about and certainly don't want to read about Scenery weather random feelings about the scenery or weather etcI guess back in the day it was high fun to take walks look at the landscape and then go back home and write about it in your diary And while I'm sure that sounds like heaven to some people who yearn for simpler times the idea of reading about the nonsense of someone else's daily life makes me want to scratch my eyes out Something I was surprised by although in retrospect I shouldn't have been was all the religious undertones in the story Ok yes I knew Dracula was evil and couldn't be near crosses and whatnot but I didn't think about this being a casually religious story about saving souls from damnation Which I mean it's not like it was any fault of the vampires that they were dammed At one time or another they had all been humans who were targeted by another vampire as a snack Vicious cycle and all thatAnd poor Lucy seemingly ended up a chew toy simply because she was a sleepwalkerPerhaps the moral of the story is that you need to make sure you aren't wandering around on moors at night so you don't get spotted by anemic monsters? Speaking of Lucy did anyone else notice how incredibly fucking lucky she was that every single guy in their group was a compatible blood type for her? All those blood transfusions None of them even remotely hygienic or safe Forget supernatural demons who turn into bats those transfusions were the scariest shit in this entire bookOk There were a lot of characters and POV switches Again most of what they were saying wasn't all that interesting so it made me doubly happy that I decided to go with the audiobook version of Stoker's tale If I'm being 100% honest here I probably zoned out a few times and daydreamed about when I needed to get the oil changed in my car or what we were having for dinner But this is one of those books with a lot of superfluous information so I don't think it hurt anything I got the gist of it all ok without hanging on every word Be warned the first half of this book is unbelievably dull Mina writes in her diary about how she fretts over Jonathan's lack of letters from Transylvania how hard it is to keep Lucy from wandering out the door at night Lucy gets mysteriously ill her fiancee gets worried and the doctor dude John Seward moons over Lucy watches one of his psychotic patients eat bugs Renfield being the only character in the book that doesn't want to talk about friendship loyalty every five minutes was by far my favorite give him a kitten already DocThe second half of the book was only slightly engaging to me but at least there was a bit of urgency to it at that point Van Helsing was onto Dracula so garlic was being thrown over everything stakes were being handed out like candy and anything pertinent was being kept from Mina so as not to upset her delicate sensibilities And then when that backfired spectacularly they cut her into the loop and she was able to do an old timey version of what a competent woman looked like They even compared her brains to that of a man I love these old books ReallyAnd what about Dracula?Well he was sort of this shadow figure that lurked around the edges of the book You never really meet him I know right? What about the whole Vlad the Impaler thing? How he fixated on Johathan Mina for some reason? Buzzz NopeOk get this Dracula had been sort of like a special needs zombie who was finally learning stuff like mathand how to employ minions to carry his dirt around for him Apparently up to this point he had just been harassing his neighbors and nibbling on Romanian women This whole thing with Lucy Mina was supposed to be his bid at going global Thank god for Van Helsing and his wacky foreign man knowledge of urban legendsI guess one of the oddest things that I realized about this horror story was that when Lucy Mina started turning toward the dark side they got sexy Yeah Like that was how you could tell they were creatures of the dammed The men got all freaked out and weepy because their sweet mild mannered gals lost their wholesome looks and became wanton hussies with throaty voices and pouty lips Holy shit If that doesn't say something about how wackadoo things used to be I don't know what will Innocence or elseAnyway This wasn't really a fun read but I'm glad I can finally say I've managed to put it behind me Plus it's one of those weird little windows into the past that reminds you things aren't as bad as they could be I'd definitely recommend listening to the audio version with Tim Curry Alan Cumming if you decide to go that route The entire voice cast of this one really helped make it palatable for someone like myself who doesn't have the fortitude to read classics on their own A truly timeless MASTERPIECEBelieve it or not I am still considering how to best write a 'review' for this one of my very favorite novels of all time I annotated this most recent time reading in the hopes that it would help when it came to composing my final thoughtsWhat I am really struggling with is the idea of little ole' me 'reviewing' a masterpiece I guess my goal is to compel people to pick up this amazing piece of world literature and give it a shot as opposed to providing an analysis of Stoker's work Let me compose myself a while longer In the meantime have a gander at this The Lost Boys gif a movie greatly inspired by DraculaFull review or not I am so happy to have reread this for the 3rd time Dracula is a book I will continue to reread periodically for the rest of my life If you haven't read this yet please give it a go it may surprise you You may think you know this story Managed to finish this Second time studying but first successful read throughI enjoyed it this time around mainly because I actually read the last uarter or so of the book which was the most enjoyable in my opinion Dracula is of course one of the most renowned horror stories and the most well known vampire novel Bram Stoker set the ground rules for what a vampire should be and set the benchmark for all other writers of the vampire afterwards Indeed if tyrannical villains are a necessity of Gothic fiction then Count Dracula is the father of all gothic villains in spite of it being one of the last Gothic fiction novels to be written It’s a work of genius that his presence is felt so strongly in the novel with him appearing in the flesh so rarely His face was a strong a very strong auiline with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils with lofty domed forehead and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere His eyebrows were very massive almost meeting over the nose and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion The mouth so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache was fixed and rather cruel looking with peculiarly sharp white teeth These protruded over the lips whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years For the rest his ears were pale and at the tops extremely pointed The chin was broad and strong and the cheeks firm though thin The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor The atmosphere of the novel is unmistakably gothic It is impossible to talk about Dracula without mentioning the Gothic; the two are one and the same The decaying castle in which the book begins is testimony to the eeriness that follows The damsel in distress motif appears uite often in Gothic literature and none so much as Dracula Mina and Lucy are both damsels at some point and even Harker himself can be seen as one at the start when he is rescued by his wife that has a “man’s brain” It’s uite a subversion of the standard gender roles at this point and uite funny really On initial inspection the plot of the book can be summed up in a few short sentences Dracula wishes to create vampires in Victorian London; his attempts are thwarted and he and his kind are exterminated But the novel is so much than that It represents Victorian fears and fancies; it is a comment on women’s position in society and underpins their sexual desires and perhaps fears It suggests a struggle between modernity and science with religion and superstition It harbours the effect of Darwinian thought on man as Dracula himself represent the idea of “survival of the fittest” The undertones of sexuality and disease that occur so freuently symbolise the time in which it was written Each one of these has been a topic for commentaries on Dracula and academic essays Indeed the extrinsic value of this novel is incredibly high Bram Stoker also explores the theme of sanity with many of his characters not just Renfield At some point every character wonders whether their dealings with the Count are born from some mental deficiency rather than a paranormal encountering with the villain This clashes the Victorian realism view with the paranormal events that occur in the novel There are also issues of identity and how this is affected by transgression It can further be seen as an allegory for religious redemption and a comment on colonisation I think I’ve said enough; if I say anything else I will break my “500 words a review” rule As you can probably tell I’m uite passionate about this book it is brilliant; at this point I can honestly say that Dracula is one of my favourite novels of all time I just love it I might even write my dissertation on it and Gothic Literature Dracula rules I was rather disappointed by this classic It started out with promise especially the Jonathan Harker bits Then all the male characters descended into blubbering worshippers of the two female characters and by the end of the novel I was wishing Dracula could snack on all of them and be done with it I kept having to put it aside and read chapters in between other books but I managed to finish it at last I believe this may be the edition I read first This is an amazing book I've read reviews by those who disagree and reviews by those who hated the format But I was swept up in it the first time I read it as a teen and have been every time since My advice is don't worry about all the psychological baggage that has been tacked on over the yearsand please don't confuse the movie Bram Stoker's Dracula with the actual plot story and characters in the book It doesn't remotely resemble the book and the title has galled me since that movie came out The book is far far betterI believe it's worth noting that a lot of the psychological baggage that has been attached to this volume probably tells you about the ones attaching it than the book This book creates a horror atmosphere that has been copied constantly over the years but never uite captured again You'll be experiencing with Harker the castle and what he faces there Battling the Count in Englandand the terror of the ship's crew that carried his earth boxes across the sea all will stay with you Again let me urge you no matter how well any movie has been done if the movie Dracula is the only one you know you haven't met the proto vampire who resides in this book Heit still walks through literature and even in the dark fears that lurk in the back of our minds when we're alone on a stormy night or we have to walk alone past that old rundown graveyard not cemetery where the city has never gotten around to installing those street lightsThis isn't Twilight nor is it Buffy the vampire Slayer there aren't any friendly helpful romantic vampires here None sparkle either There is uite probably a reason or maybe than one why we wish so badly to laugh at this book It does what it does very very welland that's be frightening This book is a classic that has been around for over a hundred yearsthere's a reason for thatWe just read this in the Supernatural Readers groupand I still like it LOL