Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Dracula’s novel is a masterpiece of the fantasy literature. Although the idea itself can be considered terrible, it is a very interesting reading, and the book is very well written. Bram Stoker describes the dark side of vampires and creates a mysterious atmosphere, scary, interrupted by dramatic or romantic scenes.
The story begins with the lawyer Jonathan Harker, which is in Transylvania visiting Count Dracula, to help him with buying a property in London. Harker is very frightened by the Count and his castle. The Count has terrible habits and seems to be really a bloodthirsty monster. Harker manages to escape the castle and to meet with his fresh wife, Mina Harker. Mina Harker is terrified for several reasons: first, for what happened to her husband, and secondly because of the condition of her friend, Lucy Western, who was losing blood day by day. Lucy Westerna seems to have a very mysterious disease: she is pale and losing blood, and at the neck she has two small bites. The only ones who can help her are Arthur Holmwood (her boyfriend), Dr. Stewart, Mr. Morris and Professor Van Helsing. The cause of the disease, from the point of view of Professor Van Helsing, is a dark creature, a vampire. Lucy Westerna dies soon and the vampire, who is truly Dracula himself, finds a new victim: Mina Harker. The curse that has come upon Lucy after being bitten by Dracula is inevitable: she turns into a vampire. Professor Van Helsing keeps his nerves and “kills” Lucy, who became a living dead.
The end of the book is an alert adventure, trying to rescue Mina Harker from a cruel fate and killing Dracula. All ends well, despite the fact that there are sacrifices.
Dracula’s diary – Marin Mincu (2008)
“Dracula’s diary” is a book about the most famous and most disputed Romanian personality of all times – Vlad the Impaler – and about the permanent state of siege in which the Romanian people live. Writing in a diary form, the author refers to reliable historical sources, returning a fascinating image of Dracula, cloudy and sinister, but very different from that which was transmitted to us by the legend. The historical character has nothing to do with the popular bloodthirsty vampire that comes out of the tomb in the full moon nights. Marin Mincu evoke the “real” figure of the feared warrior, Vlad the third, and the origin of his “misdoings”, revealing an unexpected image of Dracula, philosopher, humanist, man of very fine European culture, polyglot.
Dracula the Un-Dead, 2009
Dracula: The Un-Dead, a book written by Bram Stoker’s great-grandson – Dacre Stoker together with Ian Holt, a New York writer, is a story about a character who almost became the Romania’s “country brand”, and also an inspiration to hundreds of movies and vampire stories.
The action of “Dracula: The Un-Dead” takes place in 1912, 25 years after the end of the adventures described in Bram Stoker’s novel.
The plot of the new book about the Transylvanian Count spins around Quincey, the son of Jonathan Harker (the central character pictured by Bram), who doesn’t know, but will find out on the way, about the “clash” that his parents had with Dracula.
Terrible deaths in London and Paris and a Europe-wide vampires hunt shows the terror that the “prince of darkness” spread around.