Since the 1800's everyone has known the name of Bram Stoker and his famous novels. The few who haven't read the book have seen at least one of the abundant movies based of said novel. Dracula begins with the young lawyer Johnathan Harker being brought into the castle of Count Dracula which is situated in the remote mountains of Transylvania. After a while and his discovering of the fact he was a prisoner, Harker escapes the castle, but only barely with his life. Shortly after, the Count arrives and many suspicious things follow. The friend of Harker's fiancée, Lucy, is slowly dying before the eyes of her suitors. Dr. Seward brings his mentor, Van Helsing, to London for advice. Lucy dies shortly after and The group of Harker, Seward, Van Helsing, and Lucy's suitors chase Dracula to his castle. Dracula is destroyed once and for all by being sliced through the throat and having his heart pierced by a Bowie Knife. This novel is perfect for any horror or vampire fan, but it is obvious that any person who was interested in either they would have read this already.
This book is the 'original' vampire novel. Bram Stoker set the bar for every horror or vampire book after. Without "Dracula" I doubt the vampire genre would be as popular as it is now. The horror genre was enhanced to an even higher art by Stoker. He turned an at-the-moment slightly known element of writing and made it completely famous. In the horror genre, every book should be compared to "Dracula", vampire or not.
Despite being written in a letter format, you can feel the emotion in the words. Every word was chosen and written with extreme precision and making sure that it said exactly what he wanted to convey. If any other author had attempted to pen this work, it is doubtful that they could have pulled it off as well as Stoker had.
The development in this novel was completely superb. Every one of the characters showed an intense amount of depth through their letters. Despite being written in "short-hand", they all had deep emotion and personality clearly shining through. The plot is also well developed and you are completely aware of what is happening, and hardly ever, if ever, have to question what is happening at that moment.
With Bram Stoker's writing, we find a great literary classic. We will most likely never find a vampire novel which can out-class "Dracula". Adults and many teenagers who love the horror genre will know and love this title. Hopefully the wonderful novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker will live on for a long time to come.