Of course, there is a lot of debate about whether or not Dracula was the first book that introduced vampires to the world of fiction, and as such whether or not Bram Stoker actually wrote the legend he’s believed to have written but that’s neither here nor there. For all practical purposes, Bram Stoker’s Dracula remains the one that introduced vampires to the world of fiction.
You can now proceed to curse or praise Bram Stoker depending on whether you’re a fan of vampire fiction or curse the day they were created.
Personally, I’m ridiculously fascinated by vampires – the Twilight saga notwithstanding – and have rarely been known to pass up on anything promising “vampire”. So, it’s unsurprising that I’ve
read Bram Stoker’s Dracula several times and the reading is almost as much fun as drawing comparisons about the evolution of the mythical vampires. And while they’ve come a long way (I mean they shine and all that now!) vampires retain a lot of this archetype. From their ability to mesmerise their prey, to their biddable youth and even their (much-discussed) sexuality, vampires of modern-day fiction retain a lot of the original characters they were bestowed with.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, that much translated into ‘now-a-famous-motion-picture’ book, written as it was over a 100 years ago is believed to have been inspired by several legends that were popular then and is fairly true to its time with the science vs superstition debate in full swing. And then of course, the Irish are famous for their love of the occult.
Written as an epistolary novel, the book is a diary maintained by Mina as well as a collection of letters sent to her by her fiance Jonathan Harker. The book traces Count Dracula’s efforts to relocate from his native Transylvania (probably because food was beginning to be scarce) to that home of teeming multitud
es, London. Obviously, in search of food. And Jonathan Harker, who unwittingly becomes the Count’s captive and later becomes one of the group of people on a mission to stop Dracula from bleeding London dry. Literally.
Bram Stoker also gave us the ever popular Van Helsing, the vampire killer almost as famous today as Dracula himself. Of course, he was nowhere as hot as Hugh Jackman but hey! you can’t win ‘em all!
Read Dracula for the iconic book that it (unsuspectingly) became; and if you’re a vamp fiction fan and haven’t read this one … well, really, shame on you!
The book does have several chill-inspiring moments despite its non-racy style of writing – from the introduction of the “Sisters” to the appearance of Lucy’s un-dead self to Dracula gaining control of the mind of … well, you’re going to have to read the book now aren’t you! I’d give Dracula a 4.5/5.