Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dracula, Bram Stoker

Left Munich at 8:35 PM on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late.

Dracula is the original vampire story. I'm sure most of you have heard of the story of Dracula and maybe seen the film with Bela Lugosi, but have you ever read the original book? If you read Twilight and such things, you should read its predecessor, Dracula. The original book is told in the form of diary entries from various characters and letters. It is quite an interesting style of narration, especially for a horror book. You would expect the narration to be different, but I enjoyed the way diary entries were used; you got to see the perspectives of the various characters. Also, the way Stoker built up suspense, mystery, and dread was really great. As a horror story, it was quite effective. The story didn't start out that scarily, but gradually, ever so gradually, the horror creeped up on you and caught by surprise, until finally, you were totally chilled to the bone by the dreadfulness of it. Though I'm not generally a fan of horror, this book kept me engaged and I liked it. If you like scary horror stories, this is definitely the book for you.

Read Dracula:

  • if you like vampire stories
  • if you like horror in general 
400 pages.

Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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