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@Read Book ì Dracula ⛓ You can find an alternative cover edition for this ISBN here and here.A rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas Contexts includes probable inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard Also included are a discussion of Stoker s working notes for the novel and Dracula s Guest, the original opening chapter to Dracula Reviews and Reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel Dramatic and Film Variations focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula, two indications of the novel s unwavering appeal David J Skal, Gregory A Waller, and Nina Auerbach offer their varied perspectives Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are included.Criticism collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A Roth, Carol A Senf, Franco Moretti, Christopher Craft, Bram Dijkstra, Stephen D Arata, and Talia Schaffer.A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included. Truly Madly Darcy (A Pride and Prejudice Variation) the original opening chapter to Dracula Reviews and Reactions reprints five early reviews of the novel Dramatic and Film Variations focuses on theater and film adaptations of Dracula Infinity, Causation, and Paradox two indications of the novel s unwavering appeal David J Skal The Queen & the Homo Jock King Gregory A Waller Let Go: Release Yourself From Anxiety and Nina Auerbach offer their varied perspectives Checklists of both dramatic and film adaptations are included.Criticism collects seven theoretical interpretations of Dracula by Phyllis A Roth Against All Odds Carol A Senf The Problemist Franco Moretti Sigwa: Isang Antolohiya ng Maiikling Kuwento Christopher Craft Sigwa: Isang Antolohiya ng Maiikling Kuwento Bram Dijkstra Clandestine Trysts Stephen D Arata Liber Null and Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic and Talia Schaffer.A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included. I was rather disappointed by this classic It started out with promise, especially the Jonathan Harker bits Then all the male characters descended into blubbering worshippers of the two female characters, and by the end of the novel, I was wishing Dracula could snack on all of them and be done with it I kept having to put it aside and read chapters in between other books, but I managed to finish it at last. Here are some thoughts on this book.1 I would have been all OVER this in 1897.2 I would like Van Helsing to be quiet 3 I can suspend disbelief for the vampires but not for the blood transfusions4 I know it was 1897 and blood types weren t discovered until 1901 according to my very in depth research wikipedia but I still cannot get past it5 The Texan would go outside and randomly shoot things for fun, including things sitting on windowsills of windows in rooms where live people were hanging out, so he was clearly the most realistic character6 VAN HELSING STOP 7 Oh cool, another chapter from Mina s POV finally oh nope it s just Van Helsing talking to her the whole time8 This book is called Dracula but it should have been called Dracula Lite because he was barely in it after the hilarious first few chapters where Jonathan is complaining about his bad breath9 Why can Dracula control wolves Someone explain this to me10 I want a book about Dracula s sister wives11 I m pretty sure I can still hear Van Helsing rambling about something off in the distance12 The men in this book were 1000 times dramatic and emotional than the women which was amazing13 For real Jonathan was crying and groaning all over the place and Mina would just look at him like..ok 14 Mina is a boss15 THAT S NOT HOW BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS WORK IS SHE A UNIVERSAL RECIPIENT YOU DON T KNOW OMG.EDIT, JULY 2, 2017 Hello there Thank you for reading my review of the book, DRACULA Paperback by Bram Stoker, which I posted on this website, good reads dot com, two years ago when I read this book and still remembered things about it It is now 2017, and all I remember at this point in my life is that in this book there is a guy named Van Helsing who talks very much, and sometimes there s a vampire named Dracula who has bad breath I can only assume that is why everybody hated him so much If you feel the urge to leave me any type of comment about what I said two years ago about the blood transfusions, please take a quick moment to check if your well, actually mansplaination re this series of jokes has already been posted by someone else I have received many of these already, and I would not want you to waste your valuable time repeating someone else s very helpful and insightful comment If your comment is something like, you are stupid for thinking wikipedia is reliable, I greatly appreciate you informing me of this I definitely included that thing about wikipedia as a sarcastic joke about how little research I did on this topic, but it is still nice to be reminded that the people who read my good reads dot com reviews are very, very smart, so much smarter than me, so extremely helpful, and definitely able to comprehend my sense of humor In conclusion, thank you for reading my review of the book Dracula on good reads dot com edit 2 22 19hey fam y all have got to stop tryna fact check me it is 2019 my balance of fucks to give cannot be wasted on goodreads commenters who don t get the joke take your well actually energy to twitter where it belongs easier to mute block Dracula the very name instantly brings to mind visions of vampires, stakes, garlic and crucifixes But when one bothers to read the novel they may realise how twisted modern vampire fiction has become.Vampires are not meant to exist as heroes Go back a few hundred years and men believed truly that the vampire was a real immortal, cursed to quench his undying thirst with a living mortal s blood The very idea of a blood drinker inspires the very image of a villain to the mind And that is what the titular character of this novel is.The word novel is not used lightly, but one could also write that this is a collaboration of journals, letters and papers For that is how Bram Stoker chose to fashion his famous novel in epistolary form And the different viewpoints through each journal serve to create suspense which suits the gothic tone of the novel perfectly.In all it is a macabre novel that serves to make the reader reflect upon good and evil The vampire to me is nothing than an indication of man s own cursed nature and that unless he is delivered he must suck life from others around him Ultimately only the righteous can destroy the darkness that serves to drain life.The Rest of this Review has been moved to my new site The Write Stuff Visit my site to read the remainder of the review and any new reviews. I find Victorian horror so interesting because it s a clear reaction to social norms of the time, to the buttoned down and repressed social climate of the time, to the new moral standards of the church and the new questions brought up and hidden away by scientific thought But under the fabric of late Victorian society lay wide ranges of change the increased marriage rate and idea of the domestic sphere for women giving way to the New Woman, the upper class vs lower class divide giving way to a new middle class With the growth of the economy came new ideas of English excellence with the growth of scientific thought, scientific racism Literature, as is usual, struggles to react With a growing counterculture in literature came the reaction to such at the trial of author Oscar Wilde, passages from his only novel were read to prove that he liked men Soon after, Bram Stoker, formerly his acquaintance, began writing Dracula So the result is that this book is SO fucking weird because if you look at the subtext for than a second it s Bram Stoker s internalized homophobia playing out, but then he accidentally makes every single one of his characters read as deeply bisexual We ll get into this in a second, as I did promise I was going to weave in excerpts from my essay on queercoding in this novel my favorite paper you have written for my classes english teacher who has had me for a year But first, I want to promo this book to you I absolutely loved the very wide cast of characters Jonathan is such a good man and I d honestly trust him with my life Mina is absolutely iconic on every way Also, this bechdel test passes, although just barely, as Mina and Lucy talk about men a lot than their very lesbian natures would imply Lucy is a fantastic character as well she s just trying to live her life and date three men and one woman at the same time, and becomes a demon for her struggles She was too iconic for Victorian literature, clearly Even side characters like Quentin are endearing oh, by the way, Quentin is an actual unironic parody of Americans, and I find that hilarious And the other thing about this book is that it s really creepy The atmosphere is absolutely spellbinding, the epistolatory narrative perfect to create a sense of tension and foreboding While all of the characters have some amount of common sense, we are given information they often are not we see the dark side in otherwise innocuous details Lucy s section is honestly the most terrifying of the entire book in the best way So let s talk about queercoding, because that is what I ended up analyzing about this novel I just want to introduce that with this actual quote from Jonathan Harker s point of view, referring to Dracula How dare you touch him, any of you How dare you cast eyes on him when I had forbidden it Back, I tell you all This man belongs to me Beware how you meddle with him, or you ll have to deal with me The fair girl, with a laugh of ribald coquetry, turned to answer him You yourself never loved, you never love Then the count turned, after looking at my face attentively, and said in a soft whisper Yes, I too can love you yourselves can tell it from the past Well, now I promise you that when I am done with him you shall kiss him at your will Now go go I must awaken him, for there is work to be done I actually cannot overstate enough that this book is a very weird reading experience Bram Stoker waffles back and forth between finding Dracula terrifying and finding him fascinating the characters both fear him and pity him As with a previous influential vampire of the time, he represents the fear of reverse colonization and the fear of sexuality at once Indeed, it is widely believed that Stoker s inspiration for this character was a man he knew and cared for deeply I find this alternately sad and interesting But I don t think Dracula is meant to represent one man he is a stand in for the fears and fascination Stoker felt over Victorian society, over the new status quo, over himself Queercoding does not mean a character is gay, necessarily, or villainized specifically because they are gay it simply means that the character falls into audience stereotypes of queer people This tends to occur via three major avenues 1 flamboyant or feminine bodily presentation in men or masculine presentation in women 2 association with sex, often in a lewd or perverted way and 3 explicit or implied same sex attraction This happens with the character of Dracula a lot in this novel Dracula is thin bodied, often associated with sexual imagery, and definitely does not have platonic feelings for Jonathan Harker Towards the end of the novel, we even receive this lovely line your girls that you all love are mine already and through them you and others shall yet be mine my creature, to do my bidding and to be my jackals when I want to feed 365 In this context, Dracula seems to be expressing attraction to women as a means of getting to their men In the time Bram Stoker was writing, the audience would have associated gender noncomformity with gayness thus, a character who presented as gender noncomforming would typically be presented as bad Gay, bad, straight, good Yet while Stoker certainly plays with the trope of the queercoded villain, the message of Dracula is not quite so black and white Mina and Lucy each, despite often having roles in the domestic spheres, end up wielding far power within the books than male characters, and Mina especially is often coded as breaking away from gender norms of the time She is presented as the practical member of her relationship with Jonathan and the better planner, a role that would typically go towards the male partner She is explicitly described as having a man s brain as a compliment Mina is also fairly easy to read as queer herself her relationship with Jonathan is strangely sexless, she is described as staring at a very beautiful girl multiple times and I m me so I read into that, and perhaps most glaringly, her relationship with Lucy is easy to read as having romantic undertones oceans of love and millions of kisses, Lucy writes to her friend 117.I really hesitated to put this in the review, because it sounds so weird out of context, but there is also a scene where Mina is forced to drink Dracula s blood The imagery is that of corruption, with Mina s white nightdress being stained with blood Metaphorically, this suggests that Mina, above all of his victims, carries a piece of him the purest character of the novel losing her spiritual purity to the queercoded villain The audience expectation is surely that she will fight against her inner darkness read queerness in order to defeat Dracula Yet Mina s newfound strength is not entirely presented in a negative light in fact, Mina s new mind reading powers which, yeah, are very plot device y serve as the means by which Dracula is eventually defeated While Dracula is too far gone to live a happy life, perhaps characters like Mina, and for that matter Jonathan, are not.All this is to say that vampires are gay now, and also apparently Katie McGrath played Lucy once and she was and in love with Mina, and Mina was Heterosexual, and honestly that s just so completely not valid Mina Harker is sapphic and I do not accept slander NBC I am horrifiedTW villain queercoding, sexual assault, and uh everything that comes with vampires existing, basically.Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube