Monday, May 5, 2014

DRACULA by Bram Stoker


The plot is definitely familiar by now. Jonathan Harker is a young real estate solicitor traveling to a mysterious estate in Transylvania to complete to sale of a major property in England to the noble Count Dracula. However when he gets there, he discovers an evil that he never could have imagined. And we all know what that is: Dracula is actually a vampire, an undead being that feasts on the blood of living humans. And when the monster makes its way to England, it's up to Jonathan and his ragtag group of friends and loved ones to stop it. This book is the pioneer of the now popular vampire fiction, so influential that it's now somewhat of a cliché. But things become clichés for a reason.

I was surprised by how modern this book felt. For a book originally published in the late 19th century, it has as much suspense, horror, and action as many stories written today. Aside from a large lag in the middle, it's fairly fast--paced and was ahead of it's time. Didn't think I would enjoy it so much. And it's so refreshing to see how the original vampire stories were like, back before Twilight and True Blood, back when they were truly terrifying.

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