I felt ashamed for a long time, because of this book.
It all started a few months ago. We were talking about books and vampires. One of us stated that ‘Twilight’ was the best book about vampires ever written. I shivered, though said nothing.
Someone else then took the stage, instead, and said: “Are you crazy? Have you ever read a real book about vampires?” Then he turned at me: “Maddie, you can back me on this. For sure you’ve read ‘Dracula’!”
I blushed and looked away, pretending I didn’t hear, because no, I hadn’t read it.
I always liked the vampire kind of story. I mean, I grew up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I can’t really call myself different from all the Twilight-fans here around.
And of course, I read other books about vampires – ‘The Passage’ by Justin Cronin, ‘Salem’s Lot’ by Stephen King, to give an example, all very good and very scary – but I never stopped to consider the one who started all this.
There, I felt ashamed.
Needless to say, two days later the book was on my desk, ready to bridge this gap.
And finally I did.
It had been a ghastly journey, the one which started in Transylvania, where Jonathan Harker went to meet Count Dracula for the first time, as he was arranging to move to London.
It’s through his diary that Harker tells about that extraordinary man and that terrible experience in the Count’s castle.
Not much time passed by until strange things started to happen in London. A wolf escapes from the zoo, an unmanned ship arrives at the harbor and Dr Seward’s patient starts talking about His Master, coming to summon him.
And it’s only just beginning.
Lucy Westenra was the Count’s first victim and it was Dr Seward who realized how gravely strange her condition was.
Then Professor Van Helsing is called and the plague finally gets a name: it’s a vampire’s work.
As Mina Harker is Lucy’s best friend, she quickly gets involved and her husband Jonathan finally has some strong ground to support what he experienced before.
Personally, I like to think about this story as the story of Jonathan and Mina Harker.
Jonathan, the one who met the Count in his den and who got face to face with those terrible Un-Dead creatures, which later Van Helsing would call vampires.
Mina, as Jonathan’s wife, a strong and wise woman, who didn’t give in even when everything seemed to be lost. Even when caught in the eye of the storm, she finds a way to help out for the greater good.
Because of this and for many other reasons, it’s so much more than a story about a vampire.
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