There are too many similar stories/movies based on vampires but Dracula is one of the oldest and most popular ones. Reading a book with such a familiar theme was an interesting experience (I haven't watched the movie based on it). I had certain expectations before starting the book but I was glad to discover that the book had more merits than being yet another vampire story.
I like the story line; the way Count Dracula is introduced and also the fact that it is told through diary entries, newspaper articles and personal letter excerpts, which makes it all more plausible. I also like the fact that the characters are not presented as pure evil ones with the mere aim of spilling blood or ultimate, infallible heroes, who would save the world no matter what. The whole story and characters have a human touch, which makes it an almost touching story.
Having said all this, boy, is Stoker's style verbose! Some hundred pages of the book would have been taken out and nobody would have noticed a thing! I am not sure if this was an attempt on the author's behalf to write a sensational story and still be considered a recognised literary figure but it did not work for me.--Submitted by .
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