What’s up, Drac?

I am almost done reading Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel, Dracula, and I am anxious to see how it will end. I only have 43 pages left, and pray that a major twist will be coming my way soon. Not only do I hope that this possible twist will find its way to me, I want more than anything for it involve the loveable, man-brained Mina Harker and her crossing over to the dark side. I mean, come on, who better to help the Count get out alive then sweet-natured, little ol’ Mina?  Who would see it coming? NOBODY!  Well, no one except me, of course. Lord knows, Jonathan won’t see it coming. It will destroy him to see his blushing bride officially cross over into the world of the undead. Sorry, Jonathan! That’s right, it’s about to get J-U-I-C-Y! Oh, yes! Oh, yes! Well, one can only hope for a little literary juiciness, anyways…

I must say, overall, I have enjoyed the book very much. Although, in my opinion, it does move a little slow at times. The story is told in epistolary format, which is a nice departure from the novels I have read as of late, but can also make for fairly stiff reading material every now and then- considering you are reading a character’s interpretation of past events, rather than experiencing them first hand, though written word, as they happen. Regardless, the Count is an incredible character and none of his intrigue, and/ or mystery, are lost in the author’s choice of formatting. However, I would LOVE to get a glimpse at a journal entry from the Count himself. I don’t know, perhaps it is just me, and what could be, up until now, an undiscovered love for the undead, but I want to know more of the Count’s story. There is no doubt, he is the most complex of all of Stoker’s characters, but yet we know the least about him, his thoughts, and his affairs during the time which the story takes place. Could this be because he lacks a soul, and is, in return, completely void of any kind of emotion and/or thoughts beyond those needed for basic survival? Or is this not his story after all, despite the title, and instead, the story of the others who’s journals are printed clearly for the reader to openly explore?


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