As it is the second Friday of the month it is Book Club Day.
Now all of us who read a lot know that the book is always better than the film. However have you ever gone on to read the books of old films? Well if not let me suggest one to you, as it is definitely a favourite of mine.
“Dracula” by Bram Stoker. I originally read this when I was about eighteen and of course had seen lots and lots of films about him and just think of how many modern interpretations of Vampires there are now, all of which stem from this book. When it was first published in 1897 it was mistaken for a factual account as it is written in the form of diary entries. Added to the fact that when wealthy young Victorian Man went off on their Grand Tours of Europe they went with a travelling Vampire kit to ward off any that they may meet, you can see why we all became fascinated.
The story starts where young Jonathon Harker, newly qualified in the field of Law, is sent to visit an old client of the firm, Count Dracula in his Castle in Transylvania to help with the sale of some land. However he soon realises that he is in fact Dracula’s prisoner, worst still that he is a Vampire, but eventually escapes home to England. Closely followed by Dracula himself with boxes filled with Transylvanian earth which will help him to re-gain his strength. That and a very nice young lady named Lucy Westenra, who is holidaying with her good friend Mina Murray in Whitby, will help Dracula become strong again. Fortunately Mina is engaged to Jonathon who, with the help of the great Van Helsing, devises a plan to rid the World of Dracula.
The book is very good and does not go in for the shock horror of lots of blood. guts and gore but in a very restrained and refined way does have you turning the pages to find out what happens next. It is a classic of course but certainly one of my favourites. You can get it from Amazon on all platforms.
I thought you would also like this book as it is not long after Halloween, always a good time for lots of Vampires to be around!!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and don’t get too scared if you read this book, but whatever you are all up, I hope you have a great time.
Hugs, Susie xx
Kings Library, Peles Castle, Transylvania.