October 30th, 2008


Famous Monsters of Bookland

Just in time for Halloween, I've finished reading two horror classics, Dracula and Frankenstein. Actually, I finished Dracula a few weeks ago, but I thought it would be cool to review them together.

As you might already know, Dracula is written entirely in excerpts from diaries and such. As is usual with diaries within stories, the entries don't always read much like real ones probably would. I mean, I guess I haven't seen other people's private diaries (since they're private and all), but is it that common to transcribe entire conversations, even going so far as to write out some people's lines in dialect? Still, it was a clever technique, and I liked the fact that we got several different perspectives, although it did sometimes become difficult to remember who was writing a particular part. I also think Bram Stoker did a pretty good job at working vampires into a generally normal and rational world. I've never actually seen any of the films based on the book, but I noticed one significant difference in Dracula's physical appearance in the book from how he's usually pictured, and that's that he was described as having a big white mustache.

As for Frankenstein, I've never actually seen any of the movies (or the Dracula ones, for that matter), unless Young Frankenstein counts. {g} Considering how the monster is generally represented in popular culture, though, I was rather surprised to find that the book made him quite intellectual and sympathetic, only turning to destruction after being abandoned by his creator and shunned by humanity. Also, Victor Frankenstein is a student, not a doctor, but I actually already knew that.
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