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“Studied this for A Level for Gothic Literature.
I believe that this is the first 'classic' novel that I've read properly, all the way through and somewhat enjoyed.
I generally enjoyed reading Dracula and was genuinely scared in places, there's times where it really is chilling.
However, I have a couple of criticisms! Firstly, Van Helsing. His speeches in broken, confusing English are tough. I often got lost reading them and my focus definitely wandered. I understand the reasons but I just kind of wanted it to be a little easier to follow what he was saying at times.
My other criticism is how the narrative worked. I think that the parts with actually exciting action were rushed. I think that this is because of the way it's written through journals/diaries and so the characters are looking back on what has just happened to them and are reciting it, leading to lack of detail.
There are times when little happens and there is plenty of internal monologues of feelings etc. But then when they are actually hunting Dracula or something it's all very rushed and quick to finish.
In this way, the final chapter was disappointing. If it had been written from a third person narrative it could have been better. So much happened that could have been elaborated on and it was just all over so quickly. Vampire ladies, done. Battle, Dracula, finished. Far too fast.
However, I did find Quincey Morris' final moments very touching. The ending and the final page did compensate for the rushed climax.
Overall, Dracula has been one of the few novels I have studied for school and actually quite enjoyed reading. I didn't LOVE it and it won't go down as a favourite, but I wanted to read it and I concede that I liked it.”
Katie wrote this review Friday, May 27, 2011.