I was helping edit someone’s Dracula analysis, so I needed to finally sit down and read the whole thing, cover to cover. Before I did, many people told me that it was virtually unreadable and didn’t “arc” properly after the beginning section. But I completely disagree. This is a Victorian novel; it is tailored to the tastes of the Victorian reader. I found all the things that needed to be there for the story to work, and in fact I think Bram Stoker worked hard to make sure these pieces were there. It’s just that it’s a wordy, unwieldy Victorian tale of horror, so you have to work a little harder to pull everything together and understand what Stoker is trying to tell you. Do it, it’s worth it. Read the original work that started the vampire craze. Unplug your wifi and shut down your phone, you’ll need the quiet in order to concentrate. But you’ll be able to say proudly that you read the real thing.