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The Illustrated Dracula by Bram Stoker
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Apr 10, 09

bookshelves: the-romantic-agony, vampires, 19th-century, dracula-variations
Read in August, 2007, read count: Three

Illustrator Jae Lee's comic book style illustrations, while stylish and technically accomplished, jar painfully with the roundabout Victorian writing of Dracula. I would likely enjoy the illustrations as independent pieces of artwork inspired by the story, but when they are intended within the text as direct depictions, something just doesn't fit. This problem is worsened by lazy graphic design which places most of the illustrations away from the scenes in the text that they are intended to depict, rather at random points in the novel. This seems to me to be yet another attempt to market Dracula as a modern horror novel in the style of Stephen King, and, while I understand the appeal of that from a marketing stand point, Dracula most manifestly is not a modern horror novel - it is a Victorian horror novel, and anyone who enters into one expecting the other is bound to be disappointed.
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