I wasn't going to bother with a review because well, who needs to review Dracula? But after some other reviews were brought to my attention, I thought...moreI wasn't going to bother with a review because well, who needs to review Dracula? But after some other reviews were brought to my attention, I thought I needed to do it justice and provide a warning to those who might see my five star rating and misunderstand. Dracula is a classic for a reason. It's not supposed to be easy and light reading. If it were, it would not have become a classic. They wouldn't have made countless movies and spinoffs and tv shows and it wouldn't have permeated our culture to the point that someone who's never read the book knows exactly who Dracula is and to some extent what happens in the story or where his origin story comes from. It was written in the 19th century. In England. People spoke differently then and they certainly wrote differently. They wrote in a style lost to most of us today. It's called formality. It's typified by deference and politeness and often not getting quite right to the point. And yes, they did this in letters to friends and in their own journals. If you have a problem reading this slightly antiquated form of English, I would suggest an annotated version. And steering far, far clear of any of the greater works of literature, like Shakespeare or Chaucer, because if you can't get through this, can't figure what a word or sentence might mean from its context, you are SOL with the rest of them. Also, if you're looking for a straightforward love or horror story (ie. if you're only here because of Twilight and think you're going to find sparkly vampires or any of the sort of "Beauty and the Beast" stories they've been churning out and stamping the word "paranormal" on lately) you are in the wrong place, my friend. There's plenty of romance and good winning over evil talk, but it's not at all straight forward. The novel is written in several different voices, in first person, in third person, in letters and in journals. So it is disjointed but that's typical because it helps set the mood. This is a Gothic story (correct me if I'm wrong about the genre at all) and Dracula, in case no one's spoiled it for you, is a monster. Period. It kills things. It eats people. It makes you soulless. And no, that's not "dreamy," it's terrible. It's a scourge. It's evil. There is no love there.
So consider this my warning. You are in for a hard read. It may take you a little longer to get through it. But in the end, it is worth it and if you actually take a moment to, god forbid, think as you're reading it, you might get something out of it, other than just having read a great story.(less)