Ever since I read Anne of Green Gables (which was when I was 11) I have been all over classics. I went through an entire phase where I only read classics (namely ones that are child-friendly such as The Secret Garden or Little Women or Treasure Island) whether they were the famous ones or the lesser-known ones (by Louisa May Alcott, Susan Coolidge) – I’m not saying I’ve read all the classics ever but I’ve read a great deal.
Then, after that, I got into YA and read loads and loads of YA for two years. Now, I’m coming out of YA, and onto classics (although I am reading Dracula for school).
Being the classics reader I was, I had always heard of Dracula, hoped to read it one day and that was where it ended. I doubt if I hadn’t been forcibly nudged by school to purchase it and start reading I would have started it anytime in the near future.
I’m currently 60 something pages through and I’m sorry to say I’m just finding it so boring. It’s actually sad because I feel like if I had read it a couple years back when I was really into classics I probably would have been a lot more into it. So maybe I’ve just grown more boring or my attention span has just reached new limits of awfulness (it’s an actual problem where I just turn off if someone’s talking to me and I do it without even realising).
The thing is, I feel like back then when this book was published, it was a big thing because the world of vampires and ghouls and such were not very well developed. I believe, if I remember correctly, before Dracula there was mention of a vampire in a poem and then one other book (The Vampyre, I think?).
if I was a reader of the time then I feel like there would have been more of a suspense when there are hints of the vampire’s different characteristics and where there should have been confusion there is now “oh, yeah”. So I think that may be the majority of the reason as to why I’m not that interested right now but I really hope I end up loving this because I am going to have to live with this book for 2 years until my A Level exam. So.
But anyway, these are my thoughts so far! Have you read Dracula, and what did you think of it?