Book Club: Dracula

27 Nov

Dracula

By Bram Stoker

“No book since Mrs Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror.”
– Bram Stoker’s mum

As I spend my Sundays prepping for middle age by doing housework and listening to Radio 4, I managed to catch the first part of their Gothic Imagination series a few weeks ago – an adaptation of Dracula.

I’d never read the book so gave up on hoovering in my pyjamas (orderly queue please, gents) and turned it up. It was brilliant, so I set a reminder on my phone – seriously – and tuned in the next week. It was mainly Dracula heavy breathing and making sex noises which was highly entertaining until I realised he was played by my ex-boyfriend’s dad, Nicky Henson. (Interesting fact, sound effect fans: they were going to use props to help make the squelchy, sucky, scary noises but Nicky declined and did them ALL BY HIMSELF.)

Anyway, it was so good I went out and bought the book along with Frankenstein, which was the next Gothic Imagination adaptation, which is sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read.

I grabbed a copy with an introduction by Colm Toibin (which I haven’t read yet, but really should), and the most fantastic yellow cover. It turns out this is a reproduction of the first edition’s cover, something which interests me because as I write this sentence I realise I probably need more excitement in my life.

Dracula was FANTASTIC. There doesn’t seem much point in going into the story as, well, everyone knows it, but it’s quite amazing that people would seemingly rather read Twilight over a classic like this. It’s genuinely creepy and original and even if you’re not really in to ‘horror’ you should definitely give it a go.

One thing I will say is that all the ways to kill a vampire – cutting off their heads, stabbing them through the heart – seem like they’d work on people just as well. The undead should probably have a rethink on that one.

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One Response to “Book Club: Dracula”

  1. mattdupuy April 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I’ve never really felt the need to read Dracula. I always expected it to suck.

    Eyethangyew. I’m here all week.

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