Monday, March 31, 2008

Dracula by Bram Stoker (Book 1897)

This has to be the first "classic" book that I've managed to finish in my lifetime. It's funny how you don't really have to read in this day and age to get around in life.

Since I'm a big fan of the 1992 film with the same name, I wanted to see how the original book was written and how it compared with the movie. Unfortunately, I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Since this novel was written in the late 19th century, people obviously talked differently back then. They used a lot of "God", "Bless", and "Him" nonsense that got very very annoying to read. Almost every paragraph had something to do with thanking God for doing blah blah. Whatever...I'm glad that regular, mainstream society is no longer heavily influenced by all that stuff.

The story was still pretty good when reading it from a book. A whole lot of extra detail was added, where the movie comparatively lacked. But one thing a book can't do is create ambiance, especially for a horror. There was never a creepy part or some moment where your nerves would tense up because something just might jump out of the darkness and gank you. This type of feeling is something that movies do very well with the use of sound and music.

Even with all of the additional details, I still like the movie better. This novel took a substantially longer time to read, as opposed to some random fantasy book. I'm glad I cleared it though; it's one extra book in the world that I can say that I've read.
Rating - Mid