We all know who Dracula is, but I feel that not many know the actual story. We all know that Dracula is a vampire, but of course there is more to the story than that! (I myself did not know much about this story).
The story begins with a young man named Jonathan Harker (he writes about his experience in his diary). He is traveling to Transylvania to help Count Dracula buy a house in London. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Jonathan Harker’s diary is not the only one we read from (we do not read from Dracula’s ).
I’ve decided to start with my dislikes so we can end on a more positive note (I was not a huge Dracula fan).
Jonathan Harker was not the brightest bulb in the room. It’s okay for certain characters to be like this, but Harker was horror movie character dumb and I’d say he was the protagonist. On his journey to Transylvania, Jonathan runs into some locals. When he tells them where he’s going (Castle Dracula), they’re all like you don’t want to go there. Guess what Jonathan does. Guess. What. He. Does.
Number one rule when in an unfamiliar situation: when the locals are sketched out, believe them! They are for a good reason! Anyway, Harker meets Dracula and let me say that if the locals were not enough to scare Harker away, Dracula himself was. This guy has elongated teeth, extremely red lips (whatever could that be?), and startlingly pale skin. Even if Harker didn’t know what a vampire was (although I reckon he did), normal people do not look like that!
There are many more things that Harker does that is just horror movie dumb and thoroughly frustrated me.
Another thing I found quite strange was once Harker realized he was a prisoner to Dracula, he didn’t do anything about it.
No! That is not what we do! We make a plan and escape! It was also strange that once he realized it, Harker and Dracula never discussed it. They just acted as if everything was normal (even when Harker found Dracula sleeping in a coffin).
I also found the story slow and boring at most times, though I enjoyed reading from Mina Murray’s diary because she was more intelligent. But I overall did not enjoy this story a whole lot.
One thing I did like was the fact that Dracula was trying to buy a house in London. Imagine a rich vampire being your next-door neighbor. I found it very amusing.
I also liked my girl Lucy. She is Jonathan’s girlfriend’s friend. While we don’t get to hear a whole lot from her, we do get to see her sleepwalking adventures. (I also found this amusing).
There were other small things like that I enjoyed, but overall, I did not absolutely love the story. However, this book is definitely worth reading because it’s a classic and the story of Dracula should be known to all.