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Just finished the novel “Dracula” by Stoker

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HappyDaze:

--- Quote from: cavalier973 on February 02, 2022, 11:24:10 PM ---SPOILERS




One of my frustrations with the story is how little insight the characters have, even the vaunted Prof. Van Helsing. They (eventually) know that they are dealing with a vampire, and have lost one companion to him already, but take no precautions for themselves, which results in a second victim.

“Mena was looking a little paler than usual this morning; naturally, I am mildly worried about her, but I need to focus on figuring out who the vampire is going to target next.”

Well, maybe no *exactly* like that, but close.

Mena, herself, isn’t much better. “Dear diary: I am having fearful nightmares, just like my friend Lucy had when she was being attacked by a vampire. Much weirdness. I’d better not tell anyone because I don’t want them to worry.”

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How long is the spoiler window going to be for this?

Godfather Punk:

--- Quote from: cavalier973 on February 02, 2022, 11:10:23 PM ---I had watched the Lugosi flick years ago, and don’t really remember it, to compare. It seems that they merged a couple of characters for the movie. I have heard that the Mexican version (filmed in the same studio at the same time as Lugosi’s version, only at night) is superior to the American version. I haven’t seen the more recent movie versions. I understand that the newer versions are heavy on the sexual themes visuals, but these elements seem absent from the novel, though there are sections containing mild sensuality.

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There was a Youtube video comparing all versions of Dracula movies and tv series to the Bram Stoker novel (Both Nosferatu movies, Bella Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langela, Gary Oldman, maybe even Leslie Nielsen... Mexican and Turkish versions...). The most faithful was the FF Coppola version with Gary Oldman; not saying it was the best movie, but it got the most story beats right. (Edit: nope! The BBC series took first place, but FFC was the runner up).

Edit: goddit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9D74m628gQ

cavalier973:

--- Quote from: HappyDaze on February 03, 2022, 07:52:39 AM ---
--- Quote from: cavalier973 on February 02, 2022, 11:24:10 PM ---SPOILERS




One of my frustrations with the story is how little insight the characters have, even the vaunted Prof. Van Helsing. They (eventually) know that they are dealing with a vampire, and have lost one companion to him already, but take no precautions for themselves, which results in a second victim.

“Mena was looking a little paler than usual this morning; naturally, I am mildly worried about her, but I need to focus on figuring out who the vampire is going to target next.”

Well, maybe no *exactly* like that, but close.

Mena, herself, isn’t much better. “Dear diary: I am having fearful nightmares, just like my friend Lucy had when she was being attacked by a vampire. Much weirdness. I’d better not tell anyone because I don’t want them to worry.”

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How long is the spoiler window going to be for this?

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The rest of the thread may contain spoilers.

What I actually did was listen to the unabridged audiobook on YouTube. Stephen Red Fox Garnett. He has several book on his channel. He did a good job, but I think his interpretation of the dialogue colored my perception of the story.

BoxCrayonTales:
You might be interested in reading The Dracula Tapes by Fred Saberhagen. It recounts the events from Dracula’s perspective.

cavalier973:

--- Quote from: BoxCrayonTales on February 03, 2022, 09:25:46 AM ---You might be interested in reading The Dracula Tapes by Fred Saberhagen. It recounts the events from Dracula’s perspective.

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That does sound interesting. The anti-Count group became annoying enough to me that I was almost rooting for Dracula to win.

Dracula’s problem was that he picked the wrong girls to mess with. Had he gone for some lower-class women, he could probably have lived comfortably for some years.

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