I first read Dracula about 8 years ago for a Gothic literature class. I remember liking it a lot, but alsoThe blood is life… and it shall be mine!
I first read Dracula about 8 years ago for a Gothic literature class. I remember liking it a lot, but also that I lost interest towards the end. I couldn’t recall why, and have been meaning to reread the story for a long time. So I decided to revisit the story by listening to the audio book with Mr. Boyfriend.
There are vampires. They are real, they are of our time, and they are here, close by, stalking us as we sleep…
It started out very well, and I really liked it. The part with Jonathan Harker at the castle was incredibly thrilling and atmospheric. And the parts with Lucy were brilliantly scary and unlike anything I’d ever read (apart from the first time I read it). And it’s not often that you meet a set of characters like these! Van Helsing never ceased to amuse me. And Renfield! Such a twisted bug-eating lunatic! You never knew what would happen with this little psycho. Not to mention Count Dracula and the voluptuous child-eating women!
And then there were some characters that bored me to death. Lucy’s three suitors were just one big blur to me. None of them really stood out (with the exception of one who had an American accent). And somehow they all got along even though they were all in love with Lucy. What’s up with that? And Mina Harker was so annoying! What a goody-two-shoes. I came to hate her chapters.
Another thing that bugged was that, while the first half of the story was very exciting and thrilling, the second half seemed like an anti-climax. There were so many repetitions that it almost drove me insane. I couldn’t count how many times Mina was praised – it was the same words over and over again. And Lucy’s many many treatments were just too much – you don’t have to get all the details every time.
It’s a shame really, because this could have been such a brilliant read. And it was in many ways brilliant – but long parts were also boring and too wordy. So Dracula only gets 3 stars – even though it had potential of 5 stars.
The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.
Victor Frankenstein dreams of creating life. A beautiful and intelligent life. He almost succeeds, but is appalled at the ugly face of reality. Or ra Victor Frankenstein dreams of creating life. A beautiful and intelligent life. He almost succeeds, but is appalled at the ugly face of reality. Or rather his creature's ugly face. Shocked by the miserable life he has created and unable to deal with the consequences, Victor makes a run for it. The 'monster' is left alone in a cold and loveless world. He goes his own way, lives in hiding and tries to learn what he can about the world via the people he observes. He is a good and nice creature. He helps a poor family in need, but longs for friendship and company. Time and time again he is rejected. A madness and thirst for revenge set in. Victor Frankenstein must be held accountable.
If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!
'Frankenstein' was in many ways a ground-breaking novel in the gothic genre. Mary Shelley challenged the classical gallery in Gothic literature, namely that of 'hero, heroine, and villain'. We are told our killer / villain's backstory and he wins our hearts. He is a sweet creature who at first could not hurt a fly - he's even a vegetarian. We learn to understand why he becomes a monster. Our 'hero', Victor Frankenstein, on the other hand, is an educated gentleman who nobody suspects, though in reality he is an irresponsible, selfish coward who neglects the life he has created. Only the heroine, Elizabeth, is represented as the classic heroine we have met many times before in this genre; sweet, gentle, passive and helpless. A woman who must be rescued.
There is love in me the likes of which you’ve never seen. There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape. If I am not satisfied int he one, I will indulge the other.
'Frankenstein' is still a very relevant story. It's about the responsibility we have as parents when we bring life into the world, and draws attention to how we as a society often despise what is foreign to us. Additionally, it's a psychological portrait that goes behind the criminal's facade and tries to explore what lies beneath the surface of a monster.
I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel …