by Bram Stoker
by Bram Stoker
Dracula, the most famous vampire in history, no matter how much Edward wants to beat him. Due to a slip up by Bram Stoker, the book was not covered under copyright here, so writers and movie makers had a party using the character in every way possible, from silly to sensual to scary. A few years back, Stoker’s great nephew or something like that came out with a sequel that turned the villian into an antihero, pitting him against a vampiress Elizabeth Bathony in attempt to regain control of the character, but it was too little, too late. Anyway, I decided to read this book, to see what the original story was really like. Was the reason Dracula was so popular because he was so scary? Turns out he isn’t. His popularity probably had more to do with the copyright issue than the book itself. Dracula is so bound by every little thing, from garlic to crosses, to light of day, that he makes a wimpy enemy. A normal serial killer would be scarier, because you can’t ward him off with some strange ritual. The book basically has Dracula bite one of the character’s fiancee, and he and his friends turn to a vampire expert, and old guy name Van Helsing, who says they need to kill Dracula or she’ll turn into a vampire herself and lose her soul. So they go off chasing him, with Helsing explaining vampire lore on the way. They never feel like they are in any real danger because they are so protected against vampires, it’s kind of pathetic, even if one character does die in the end. There was hardly a scary moment in the book. If you want something creepy, read Frankenstein, also overused, but the actual novel is really interesting.