“The world seems full of good men, even if there are monsters in it.”
-Bram Stoker, Dracula
Let me be up front about my reasoning in choosing this book. I LOVE the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. By love, I mean I watch it EVERY TIME I find it on tv, I have it recorded on DVR so I can watch it any time I want, and I own the DVD that I have been known to play over and over. My husband and children groan over it now. Yes, I am well aware it is cheesy, but I love it. It makes me happy to relax and just watch this movie. I completely zone out and typically pick up on new things I hadn’t noticed before.
I decided I wanted to understand more of the characters’ backgrounds to get more out of the movie because apparently I’m insane. I came across a free iBook copy of Dracula and since it is the Halloween season, I thought it was appropriate to start with it and learn more of Mina Harker’s background.
As with any book/movie relation, I knew there would be some differences. I expected more than usual since the movie wasn’t based on this particular book alone. I did expect there to be more in common than Mina.
Let me just say I was ticked off when I finished the book. I was bored the first 300 pages. I get why they had to occur, but good grief we could have summarized. I was interested somewhat for about 100 pages, and then even that died to the point I was at the last chapter and had to push myself through it.
Only to get mad at the ending. SERIOUSLY?
It is a classic and from that perspective, I am glad I read it. It did give me Mina’s background story, but the ending doesn’t match with the movie in the least, which I didn’t expect. I’d suffered through the whole book looking for a connection that just didn’t exist.
This book will not land among my favorites and I highly doubt I’ll ever read it again, but I am proud that I read it. It wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, but I am glad to delete it off my reader.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dracula-bram-stoker/1116610564?ean=9781593081140