Dracula by Bram Stoker
Source: Borrowed from the library
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In the week leading up to Halloween, I decided to tackle Bram Stoker's Dracula. I've been wanting to start reading the classics for some time now and I figured it was the perfect time of year to read the original vampire story. I'm a great lover of The Twilight Saga (don't judge!) and a big fan of the newer Infinite Days, by Rebecca Maizel. That being said, I never knew much about the original vampire other than the fact that he scared the living daylights out of everyone. I heard all the criticisms of the modern vampire stories saying they were not scary enough, not evil enough, and just not true to the original. So, to tell you the truth, I expected Dracula to be scary, or at least creepy, eerie, or spooky and honestly, it was none of those. I'm glad I read it because I now have a bit more knowledge of where the whole vampire genre began, but I was sorely disappointed in the book overall. It was not difficult to read or understand, but it took me a solid two weeks to finish because at times I found it quite dull. I have two boxes of classics in the basement that I hope to read someday and I fervently hope they are better this first attempt. For the time being, I'm going to stick with my non-traditional, but oh-so-much-more-interesting vampires.