Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker
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Dracula, My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker

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Acclaimed author Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective—as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.

Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to...more
ebook, 710 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2010)
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Erin
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Bram Stoker's masterpiece is one of my favorite classics. Lucy and Mina are the quintessential embodiment of Victorian chastity, purity and virtue. Stoker's Dracula is especially evil as he seeks to corrupt these women, seducing them and thus corrupting their innocence. They play an essential role in Stoker's work but for all that, they are victims of shallow characterization, necessary personalities...more
Tara Chevrestt
Wow. This has been a fascinating retelling of the classic Dracula tale. It's told from Mina's POV and in this case, the first person narrative works wonderfully. The story begins with Mina visiting her dear friend Lucy while her fiance, Jonathon Harker is away on business in Transyvania. What Mina doesn't know is that Jonathon's business trip has taken a bad turn. After all, his client is none other than Count Dracula...

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Allie
Based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, the "original" vampire novel, Dracula, My Love tells Mina Harker's side of this famous story. But while Stoker's tale presents Dracula as someone to be feared and loathed, Dracula, My Love presents a more humanized Count Dracula, one with a conscience and deep feelings of sadness, remorse, and love. I enjoyed the clever way James fills in the blanks left from Stoker's story. Her thoughtful and well-imagined explanations for Dracula's seemingly brutal acts fit righ...more
Chaeya
This book was an excellent read. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to read more, even in tears in a few places. Mina is definitely the kind of heroine that I love -- she's strong, smart, quick-witted and able to keep her emotions in check. The part I liked the most was that she was able to do all this without sacrificing her femininity. Dracula as the hero was even more than I could imagine and it's difficult not to be in love with him also.

Syri does a good job of taking you through...more
Ryoko
If you have always sympathized with Dracula or wanted to see Mina and Dracula's romance, then this book is for you! My preference for characters leans toward the antagonistic and I am thrilled by forbidden romance. This book was right up my alley. I enjoyed it immensely--devoured it in but a few sittings, in fact. I was pleased with the characterization, dialogue, plot, pace, diction, basically everything. This includes the ending (which is really wonderful if you look at the signs, and does lea...more
Maria
I can't even express to you how much I loved this book - but I will try my best!

The story of Dracula is one that I have always loved. And while it may not be as popular, it is obvious how its effects have impacted us even today. Just look around you and see the Twilight movies, or Vampire Diaries, or even True Blood and it is clear as day how popular vampires were back then, and still are now.

Bram Stoker's Dracula spawned a lifetime of fiction and even more superstitions - but at the same time,...more
Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl)
I love it when I read a book that makes me want to read another book. That's what books should do, in my opinion. Reading this book has convinced me that I need to read Bram Stoker's Dracula. Now that I know Mina's point of view, I need to read what the rest of the world thought. I seriously loved this book. I was kind of scared to purchase it, because it's a little out of my usual comfort zone. Plus, it was expensive. I kept thinking about it, though, so when I finally found a good deal, all ot...more
Ivy
There are several books available that tell the story of Dracula from Mina Harker's perspective, but none have been as intelligent nor come close to the original as Syrie James' novel.

"Dracula, My Love" is an account of Bram Stoker's Dracula seen through the eyes Mina Harker. As in the original novel, the narrative is given from the journals of Mina and Jonathan. Mina, however, keeps a more shocking and intensely romantic journal in secret shorthand, free from the prying eyes of those who might...more
Sue Smith
I found it interesting that I picked up this book actually, as I had just finished another story based on Mina Murray's account of the story of Dracula. This book kept far closer to the actual story by Bram Stoker, only through the eyes of the woman (and one of the main characters of it as well - although it was never explored that way in the original). I really enjoyed this version. I felt it kept true the the story and there wasn't anything fabricated differently from the original. If anything...more
Brittni Allen
I had mixed feelings about this book when I picked it up. Hmm, it could be really slow, boring and unadventurous since the "romantic action" takes place in such a chaste time period. Or it could break every conventional rule and then become unbelievable.

Fortunately, neither one of those fears came true. Instead, Syrie James integrated the chastity of the time period with a lusting, sensual Dracula in the most successful of ways. Dracula became a truly inspiring character, one who laughs, loves...more
Ren
Review lengkap : http://renslittlecorner.blogspot.com/...

2,5 bintang

Buku paling lebay yang gw baca tahun ini. Minanya plin plan, ngingetin ma Bella Swan, yang bingung antara Jonathan atau Dracula. Padahal pan udah nikah. Terus dulu nikahnya sama Jonathan hanya karena tunangan lalu kasihan gitu kah?

Kasian deh Mina, Jonathannya kayak gitu, ga memuaskan di ranjang (weeeks). Draculanya juga egois dan manipulatif banget. Kalo saia jadi Mina,tolak dua - duanya, dan cari pacar lagi, he he he.

Atau mendi...more
Ben Babcock
The public domain is a wonderful concept. Copyright is a useful tool during a creator’s lifetime, but when a work passes into public domain, something special happens. Anyone can reproduce it and indeed use its characters and ideas without worrying about any associated legal encumbrances. In this way the public domain becomes a treasure trove of mutual cultural touchstones. Of course, to do this, one needs access to public domain materials. Hence why, in my review of Dracula, I praised Project G...more
Kimberly
Love never dies.

That is the tagline to the 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula. Syrie James' version of the beloved classic follows a similar premise to Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece.

Dracula is in love.

Though there are many similarities as well as differences to the plot lines of these two works, Syrie James' version doesn't disappoint. It is beautifully written and probably the closest to the original plot of Dracula I have read. The story is mesmerizing. The inner struggles and transformat...more
Alex
What a fascinating retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula. This book takes all the holes from the original story and easily interjects a love story between Mina and Dracula.

I never read the original novel all the way through, but I know enough about the story based on the flashbacks in Dracula the Un-Dead and the movie from the early 90's that is supposed to stay pretty faithful to the book. All the little things in the original book that didn't add up are easily explained here and make for a wonde...more
Svetlana Kovalkova-McKenna
The book did not read like a new view on Dracula to me, it read like an author took original Dracula and simply rewritten it trying to keep to Stoker's writing style, but changing all the facts. She did a fabulous job writing the new book,or one could say rewriting an old one,I could almost feel myself back in time when I was reading Bram Stoker for the very first time, only suddenly everything was turned upside down and distorted: plot line, the reasons characters gave for their actions, ... Th...more
Christie
I was excited to hear about a new Syrie James release. I really enjoyed reading her two previous books. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen was a sweet, romantic tale that combined elements of Austen works into a revised happy life story of Jane. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte presented a riveting, intense, dramatic and emotional story of the Bronte sisters. It was incredibly touching and very readable (from its length and subject matter-being one I'm less familiar with compared to Jane Aust...more
Kavanand
Dracula My Love is a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from Mina Harker’s point of view. Mina is an important but underdeveloped character in the original novel. She’s integral to the plot, but we don’t know much about her. Dracula My Love fills in those holes and presents the reader with a fleshed-out Mina and a very different version of Dracula. The book is a departure from the original, as it concentrates mostly on the romance angle. Most of the vampire-hunting parts of the story occur off t...more
ALPHAreader
'Dracula, My Love' is the third novel by acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter (turned novelist), Syrie James.

As the title suggests, James's novel is a retelling of Bram Stoker's original Gothic tale. Our protagonist is Mina Harker, who is recounting a time in her life when everything was thrown into disquiet and discontent. Seven years after the events that bought a Mr Wagner (née, Count Dracula) into her life, and Mina still senses his presence and yearns for his forbidden touch...

At times, I feare...more
Mandy
The author of this story has a decent grasp of the timeline of events and has some really original ideas about the stories of each character that don't contradict the original too much. I enjoyed that a lot and have begun viewing the original in a different light.

It is really good until the end. There is all this buildup to a dramatic climax, but it just fizzles in the end. As always, no matter how strong the love is between Mina and Dracula, the romance is doomed. I have no idea why. The autho...more
Michele
Skip it. If you've read Fred Saberhagen's The Dracula Tape, you've read a far far better version of this already. The author tries to turn Mina into a modern woman but doesn't succeed very well -- instead of thinking for herself she's like a weathervane, swinging around to believe whoever is telling her tales at the moment, so it comes across as more of a slightly discordant medley than a coherent tune. In fact, Bram Stoker's Mina is in some ways a more consistent and stronger character than thi...more
Pitiponks
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First it is well written and easy to read, without being simplistic, just enjoyable. Second, I liked the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula, of course. All the ambiguous scenes in the book about things maybe happening but not being said clearly had always thrilled me. In particular, the sensual, sexual tension about Dracula and Lucy and then Mina. So when I saw the title of “Dracula My Love” and then the back cover, I immediately borrowed it at the librar...more
Cj W
The famous Dracula!

This is the story of Mina Murray, who came to love Dracula under the circumstances that most women do, under extreme visual and physical imagination.

Mina is an orphan, never knew her parents. She is engaged to be married, but her fiance' stops writing to her, and when he does right to her, he is very distant and has a tone of general disinterest.
Well, when things such as this happen, it leaves women feeling very .... unappreciated, unloved, un-thought-about.
Which opens the...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading Bram Stoker's Dracula.)

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author, Syrie James, once again transports her readers back in time and enchants them with a tale of unknown romance. This time instead of revealing the secret love affair of a famous author as she did with Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, Syrie James decides to divulge the hidden romance between two fictional characters: Mina Harke...more
signorina Vei
"Jadi inilah pendirianmu. Dahulu aku berharap, jika aku dapat mengendalikan hasratku, dan memperlakukanmu dengan sopan, aku dapat...." Dia terdiam. "Namun itu tidak menjadi masalah sekarang." Dia berbalik kepadaku dengan senyum sedih dan berkata, "Kautidak perlu khawatir Mina. Kau tidak akan terganggu dengan keberadaanku lagi."

"Apa maksudmu?" kataku cemas.

"Aku telah hidup sangat lama, dan menunggu selama hidupku untuk mendapatkan dirimu.Kini, kaulah alasanku untuk tetap hidup. Aku tidak ingin me...more
Karissa
I got a copy of this book through Librarything's Early Reviewer program. I love the original story of Dracula but always wished that the women characters were more filled out. This book does a great job of doing that in a believable way and paints Dracula into a more complex character than he was originally portrayed as.

The whole book is told through the viewpoint of Mina Parker. Through her eyes we see Lucy's decline, hear of Jonathan's troubles in Transalvania, etc. The story line closely foll...more
Ana
The first time I saw "Bam Stroker's Dracula" in 1992, I was mezmerized. Between the make-up, the costumes (remember I'm a frustrated fashion designer), and the intense attraction between Mina and Dracula, I felt like I was under a spell...

Forward to 2010. I stumble upon Syrie James' "Dracula, My Love" at the now extinct Borders, buy it, and devoured it in a week. I just couldn't get enough of the story! The author did a great job at filling all the gaps from the original story. I had never read...more
Katie(babs)
This interpretation feels very much like the original Dracula, but from Mina's point of view. The story picks up where Mina is staying at Whitby by the sea with her friend, Lucy Westenra. Mina's fiancé', Jonathon, has gone to the Eastern European country of Transylvania to meet with a Count Dracula for a real-estate transaction. Mina misses Jonathon and can't wait for him to return so they can finally be married. As Mina enjoys her holiday, things grow sinister in nature as a shocking shipwreck...more
Shala Howell
Mar 02, 2013 Shala Howell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: to people looking for a different take on Bram Stoker's Dracula
I made the mistake of reading Karen Essex's Dracula in Love first, an experience that put me off Dracula retellings for several months. Maybe as long as a year. I won't go into why here, you can basically read any of the very many 1 or 2 star reviews on Dracula in Love to find out for yourself.

I am in Year Two of my Read The Books I Already Own project, and this week after a year or more languishing on my to-read shelf, it was finally Syrie James' turn. At first, the beginning reminded me so mu...more
Beth
Hmm, I still can't decide if I liked this book or not. On one hand, it was different, as it portrayed an unusual take on the classic version written by Bram Stoker. However, on the other hand, it was just so cheesy in parts that it was hard to take it seriously (ok, I know, it's a vampire story -- but still). I suppose the creative part is that the author actually followed Stoker's story somewhat closely, and just inserted what she imagined Mina's thoughts and actions would have been, to give a...more
Destinee Sutton
At first I was disappointed that so much of the text was lifted straight from the original novel Dracula. However, as it went on, I was more and more impressed with Ms. James' alternate explanations for the events of the original. And it had a pretty good ending. So, to the author I say, well done.

The absolute best part of this, though, was the audiobook narrator's Van Helsing voice. Hilarious! He really is written like that in the original, too! He talks in pidgin English, uses ridiculous meta...more
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Syrie James is the bestselling author of eight critically acclaimed novels, including The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Nocturne, Dracula My Love, Forbidden, and The Harrison Duet: Songbird and Propositions. Her books have been translated into eighteen foreign languages.

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