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SUMMARY ✓ Dracula By Bram Stoker ✓ Everyone’s favorite bloodsucker is captured in a spine tingling graphic novel   In 1897 Bram Stoker gave the world one of literature’s most compelling characters—and since then Dracula has thrilled and terrified generations of fans Now the evil Count Dracula comes alive in an electrifying graphic noveAted action packed images with meticulous attention paid to the finer details in each piece of art from facial expressions to the historical accuracy of costuming architecture and heraldry Young readers will be completely transfixed. A truly timeless MASTERPIECE Believe it or not I am still considering how to best write a 'review' for this one of my very favorite novels of all time I annotated this most recent time reading in the hopes that it would help when it came to composing my final thoughtsWhat I am really struggling with is the idea of little ole' me 'reviewing' a masterpiece I guess my goal is to compel people to pick up this amazing piece of world literature and give it a shot as opposed to providing an analysis of Stoker's work Let me compose myself a while longer In the meantime have a gander at this The Lost Boys gif a movie greatly inspired by DraculaFull review or not I am so happy to have reread this for the 3rd time Dracula is a book I will continue to reread periodically for the rest of my life If you haven't read this yet please give it a go it may surprise you You may think you know this story

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Everyone’s favorite bloodsucker is captured in a spine tingling graphic novel   In 1897 Bram Stoker gave the world one of literature’s most compelling characters and since then Dracula has thrilled and terrified generations of. Two things about this book1 It is a really great and creepy story that deserves classic status2 Everything is repeated soooooo much without any obvious benefitHere is actual footage of Bram Stoker writing this novelIf Stoker had just got to the point this book would have been much exciting and suspenseful I understand the exact same mysterious thing happens night after night I understand that Dracula has some boxes of dirt I get that you brought Winchester rifles along for protection Each of these things was repeated ad nauseam throughout the book Talk about killing the pace by the time the gruesome scares came I was very disengaged Also funny thing about this book as a horror story it must be the grandfather of heading up the stairs to hide instead of running outside or cutting through the graveyard shortly after hearing a serial killer is loose They keep leaving people alone even though those people are repeatedly attacked when they are left alone Then when they finally insist on guarding someone that person insists that they need no one but God to guard them Seems like so far God had not been interested in protecting so why count on him starting nowSo three stars because it is a classic and I like the story I especially like Lucy's suitors their gung ho manliness amuses me But the repetition and the illogical behavior in the face of a bloodsucking monster are the cause of the removal of a couple of stars


Dracula By Bram StokFans Now the evil Count Dracula comes alive in an electrifying graphic novel that follows the vampire from his looming and ominous castle in Transylvania to Victorian London Michael Mucci translates the tale and Ben Caldwell has cre. I find Victorian horror so interesting because it’s a clear reaction to social norms of the time to the buttoned down and repressed social climate of the time to the “new moral standards” of the church and the new uestions brought up and hidden away by scientific thought But under the fabric of late Victorian society lay wide ranges of change; the increased marriage rate and idea of the domestic sphere for women giving way to the New Woman the upper class vs lower class divide giving way to a new middle class With the growth of the economy came new ideas of English excellence; with the growth of scientific thought scientific racism Literature as is usual struggles to react With a growing counterculture in literature came the reaction to such; at the trial of author Oscar Wilde passages from his only novel were read to prove that he liked men Soon after Bram Stoker formerly his acuaintance began writing Dracula So the result is that this book is SO fucking weird because if you look at the subtext for than a second it’s Bram Stoker’s internalized homophobia playing out but then he accidentally makes every single one of his characters read as deeply bisexual We’ll get into this in a second as I did promise I was going to weave in excerpts from my essay on ueercoding in this novel “my favorite paper you have written for my classes” english teacher who has had me for a year But first I want to promo this book to you✔I absolutely loved the very wide cast of characters Jonathan is such a good man and I’d honestly trust him with my life Mina is absolutely iconic on every way Also this bechdel test passes although just barely as Mina and Lucy talk about men a lot than their very lesbian natures would imply Lucy is a fantastic character as well she’s just trying to live her life and date three men and one woman at the same time and becomes a demon for her struggles She was too iconic for Victorian literature clearly Even side characters like uentin are endearing oh by the way uentin is an actual unironic parody of Americans and I find that hilarious✔And the other thing about this book is that it’s really creepy The atmosphere is absolutely spellbinding the epistolatory narrative perfect to create a sense of tension and foreboding While all of the characters have some amount of common sense we are given information they often are not we see the dark side in otherwise innocuous details Lucy’s section is honestly the most terrifying of the entire book in the best way So let’s talk about ueercoding because that is what I ended up analyzing about this novel I just want to introduce that with this actual uote from Jonathan Harker’s point of view referring to Dracula “How dare you touch him any of you How dare you cast eyes on him when I had forbidden it Back I tell you all This man belongs to me Beware how you meddle with him or you’ll have to deal with me” The fair girl with a laugh of ribald couetry turned to answer him —“You yourself never loved you never love” Then the count turned after looking at my face attentively and said in a soft whisper —“Yes I too can love; you yourselves can tell it from the past Well now I promise you that when I am done with him you shall kiss him at your will Now go go I must awaken him for there is work to be done” I actually cannot overstate enough that this book is a very weird reading experience Bram Stoker waffles back and forth between finding Dracula terrifying and finding him fascinating; the characters both fear him and pity him As with a previous influential vampire of the time he represents the fear of reverse colonization and the fear of sexuality at once Indeed it is widely believed that Stoker’s inspiration for this character was a man he knew and cared for deeply I find this alternately sad and interestingBut I don’t think Dracula is meant to represent one man he is a stand in for the fears and fascination Stoker felt over Victorian society over the new status uo over himself ueercoding does not mean a character is gay necessarily or villainized specifically because they are gay it simply means that the character falls into audience stereotypes of ueer people This tends to occur via three major avenues 1 flamboyant or “feminine” bodily presentation in men or “masculine” presentation in women; 2 association with sex often in a lewd or perverted way; and 3 explicit or implied same sex attraction This happens with the character of Dracula a lot in this novel Dracula is thin bodied often associated with sexual imagery and definitely does not have platonic feelings for Jonathan Harker Towards the end of the novel we even receive this lovely line “your girls that you all love are mine already; and through them you and others shall yet be mine – my creature to do my bidding and to be my jackals when I want to feed” 365 In this context Dracula seems to be expressing attraction to women as a means of getting to their men In the time Bram Stoker was writing the audience would have associated gender noncomformity with gayness; thus a character who presented as gender noncomforming would typically be presented as bad Gay bad straight good Yet while Stoker certainly plays with the trope of the ueercoded villain the message of Dracula is not uite so black and white Mina and Lucy each despite often having roles in the domestic spheres end up wielding far power within the books than male characters and Mina especially is often coded as breaking away from gender norms of the time She is presented as the practical member of her relationship with Jonathan and the better planner a role that would typically go towards the male partner She is explicitly described as having a “man’s brain” as a compliment Mina is also fairly easy to read as ueer herself her relationship with Jonathan is strangely sexless she is described as “staring at a very beautiful girl” multiple times and I’m me so I read into that and perhaps most glaringly her relationship with Lucy is easy to read as having romantic undertones; “oceans of love and millions of kisses” Lucy writes to her friend 117I really hesitated to put this in the review because it sounds so weird out of context but there is also a scene where Mina is forced to drink Dracula’s blood The imagery is that of corruption with Mina’s “white nightdress” being “stained with blood” Metaphorically this suggests that Mina above all of his victims carries a ‘piece’ of him — the ‘purest’ character of the novel losing her spiritual purity to the ueercoded villain The audience expectation is surely that she will fight against her inner darkness read ueerness in order to defeat Dracula Yet Mina’s newfound strength is not entirely presented in a negative light; in fact Mina’s new mind reading powers which yeah are very plot device y serve as the means by which Dracula is eventually defeated While Dracula is too far gone to live a happy life perhaps characters like Mina and for that matter Jonathan are notAll this is to say that vampires are gay now and also apparently Katie McGrath played Lucy once and she was and in love with Mina and Mina was Heterosexual and honestly that’s just so completely not valid Mina Harker is sapphic and I do not accept slander NBC I am horrifiedTW villain ueercoding sexual assault and uh everything that comes with vampires existing basicallyBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube