Classics, first-impressions

First-Impressions: Dracula

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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?

2 thoughts on “First-Impressions: Dracula”

  1. I can see why you would find it boring, the writing style differs greatly from what you usually find in YA. It is a very heavy style that is not as dynamic as the action-driven styles that are popular nowadays. As you read more of the novel, you’ll get use to it eventually.

    Another thing that might help as far as boredom goes…..take into account the fact that there is a deeper meaning to the story. Bram Stocker used a popular myth from European folklore to make a commentary on the deep-seated fears of Victorian society. Pay attention to the description of the characters, their origins, their actions, how they interact with the other characters. Think of yourself as a detective trying to put together pieces of a puzzle to uncover the deeper meaning of this story.

    I’m really looking forward to reading your review of this novel and what you thought of it.

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  2. Ohh ok, sister, that makes sense! Ahh yes, I suppose I will get to learn more of that the more we study the book. Jazakallakhair sister, I always love reading your comments!

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