Dracula, written by Brom Stoker is a very old yet popular story. The story starts out with Jonathan Harker who is traveling long and far to meet with Count Dracula. Harker is a new solicitor who is interested in selling property to Dracula. The way the story is written is in a journal form. Harker notates his journey, the carriage ride, the inns, the different foods and recipes. Stoker does a very good job at painting the picture in my head of how creepy this book is going to be. The way he describes the foreigners whispering as they find out where he is headed to or how he speaks of the weather, scenery, the sounds the wolves makes as he makes his entry to Dracula’s doorstep, he speaks with fear and uncertainty.
As Harker makes his way into Dracula’s home, he cleans up and eats and converses with Dracula. He mentions that his appearance is pale and thin, fragile. However his handshake is strong, almost too strong. Although Harker seems uneasy and nervous, his is also eager to learn more and see more. When he mentions he is a prisoner, after finding several doors that are locked, that’s when I became hooked. I suppose that in reference to Stephen King’s article, “Why We Crave Horror Movies” the mention of people being mentally ill or their desire to push their emotions to the limit, applies to Harker. To be frightened, yet still stick around after hearing the stories of St George’s Day, means that Harker is willing to embrace that fear and wants to see where exactly it takes him. Now I must say I was not too thrilled at first, the only thing I really know about Dracula is that it has something to do with Vampires, my mistake. But for some reason, I kept turning the page. Something about this book left me wanting to know more! And it is not because I am mentally ill, nor do I wish something bad upon the characters (because obviously the story is already written) it just amazes me how someone can be this creative and draw this much attention from their readers.