I perceive the novel as the antecedent to the modern horror novel. The first four chapters are so descriptively rich and evocative, and carries me along til the final chapter. Bram Stoker was way ahead of his time by providing his gothic tale with a strong heroine, Mina Murray/Mina Harker.
It does dip into the melodrama at moments especially during the middle parts where the story resolves around our heros and heroines while the Dracula content becomes quite scarce most of the time but it is completely forgiveable in contrast to the brilliant images of horror and suspense. I find Dracula the character itself possessing sympathetic, tragic, and monstrous qualities all wrapped up in one.
Bram Stoker created one of horror's most memorable characters that has since created a new genre and a pop culture rage. Though I believe the mushy and lovey-dovey teenaged Twilight has Bram Stoker turning over in his grave.
Edited by Ambush Bug, 20 October 2012 - 11:37 PM.