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Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most misunderstood and poorly adapted novels.

By Paul StewartPublished 9 months ago 1 min read

Genre-defining epistolary gothic novel that has been grossly misunderstood and bastardised repeatedly through various terrible to subpar to okay film and TV adaptions. It is not a romance novel; it is a horror novel about a greedy, bloodlust-driven monstrous vampire who is unapologetically evil. Avoid the films, read the book.


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  • Jazzy 8 months ago

    I didn't even know there was a book

  • Nicely sums it up, Paul.

  • Books are always better than movies! I'm yet to read a book where the movie is better. Awesome review!

  • Leslie Writes9 months ago

    I admit that I’ve never read the book. Based on your critique, I probably should. I also admit that I enjoy a sexy vampire once in a while (Excluding the twilight variety). Very compelling critique! 🦇

  • Interesting! Films tend to change some books and lose the plot entirely.

  • L.C. Schäfer9 months ago

    My first introduction to this story as a young person was the exact opposite of your take. It was also wrong. Except, I suppose, insofar as romance DOES often portray unhealthy/toxic/abusive relationships 🤷‍♀️

  • Grz Colm9 months ago

    It is on my shelf just begging to be read, but I’ve gotta get through some others I’ve started first!

  • Alexander McEvoy9 months ago

    Love this book! I read it for the first time in Fourth year university and it was an amazing experience! The ending left something to be desired for me, the only place I could imagine an adaptation helping at all. But I've never seen a good, or even decent crack at bringing it to the big screen and am actively dreading the "Last Voyage of the Demeter" coming out soon. Like, it looks as though it's completely missed every possible point.

  • Dana Crandell9 months ago

    You dropped a truth bomb here, sir! Well done!

  • Harmony Kent9 months ago

    Well put, Paul. Yep, so misunderstood and abused. Love this 💕😊

  • Naomi Gold9 months ago

    I like the Francis Ford Coppola film, but you told no lies! This is an exemplary critique of one of my favorite classic novels, and of the zeitgeist and aftermath of its enduring success.

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