Dracula – Birth Of Vampire Fiction
Bram Stroker’s renowned novel “Dracula” is a classic. This fiction novel has played a crucial role in laying the foundation of today’s sophisticated vampire lore.
Set in Transylvania, Romania and Whitby, New Yorkshire, the novel has received massive critical acceptance. It reached its current iconic status in the 20th century when the novel’s TV versions became available.
Sherlock Holmes’ author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to Stoker in a letter:
“I write to tell you how very much I have enjoyed reading Dracula. I think it is the very best story of diablerie which I have read for many years.”
Count Dracula is a handsome nobleman and an aristocratic charmer. Many people have yet to discover the Count as a vampire who lives with three other female vampires in a dilapidated castle.
What would happen if the world comes to know of this devilish characteristic in this charismatic man? Would it be a hide and seek game or some search of a vampire hideout?
This novel talks a lot about supernatural characters’ power and mysteries but was around in a humanly disguise.
Bram Stoker was an Irish author and is famous for his work, “Dracula“, in 1897. He was also a business manager and assistant in his professional life who wrote Dracula during his working period. Undoubtedly, his research for this novel was impeccable. Although he was an athlete in college life, he was bedridden due to some illness that lasted for seven years. During this period of illness, Bram Stoker became curious about Irish folklore and supernatural characters.
Dracula is a vampire novel but also has real references to the time and place of its existence.
The novel creates a real image in the reader’s mind with the characters and locations giving it a real-life touch. The story captivates the attention and engages the readers in the real looking fantasy world. It is an adventure masterpiece.
This fictitious novel provides some real-life experiences when addressing the readers in letters and references. Dracula’s storyline takes through the life of a charmer and closeted vampire. It shows the weaknesses, strengths, surviving instincts and mistakes. Other characters, including the humans, turned into vampires.
Lucy, one of the characters in the book, plays a crucial role in making him show his true self amidst society.
Much research has gone behind creating the whole plotline- with real-life places, hours in the library, folklore discussions amidst locals and much more. Bram has created a masterpiece that lasted for years as an iconic manuscript.
Count Dracula is not a plain, oddly looking human who needs to be leading a zombie life in Bram’s world. He introduced the idea of adding multiple identities to one person. The idea of humanising supernatural figures and inculcating more humane traits opened several doors in the fantasy literary world. Much fresh idea of that time with vampirism lore has been an excellent help for creators. This vital storyline has inspired many fiction writers for more than a century and is still uniquely relatable.
Let’s wrap this up with some insightful feedback from the readers from the Victorian and current times.
“Some Victorian fans described it as “the sensation of the season” and “the most blood-curdling novel of the paralysed century”.
“To whoever who has not read it yet: Please read the novel thoroughly. It’s quite verbose, but for a good reason. The whole story is from the viewpoints of different characters that converge to one great climax. Bram Stoker has taken his time describing the atmosphere, thoughts and mindset of the characters. And the ‘first slow but accelerating insanely fast with time’ storyline. Apologies for my being verbose here. Happy reading!”