I just finished reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. I love "exploring" new places through literature and really enjoyed getting to see parts of the world I have not yet visited. The Dracula thing was the reason for the traveling--which I could have done without. Wondering if anyone else felt as if Dracula, positioned as the centerpiece of the novel, was almost a detraction from the journey.
I would agree with accessteacher in that I could do without all the current vampire spin offs, even the Twilight Series. I am however a fan of Bram Stoker's original horror novel Dracula
Perhaps the bad spin-offs are too much, but if this new trend will reignite an interest in the original classic tales, can it be a bad thing? I admit, also, that I am a fan of sci-fi and horror, so perhaps I have a soft spot for Dracula if done well. I have not fallen prey to the Twilight and the teen vampire scene, but I do love a good thriller!
Well, I must admit, in comparison to #2, I am getting a bit fed up with all of the vampire spin offs that we are plagued with today - seems like you can't enter a bookshop without a new teen-vampire book jumping out from a shadow and trying to bite you - but having said this I think we need to make a distinction between well-written vampire books and vampire rubbish (I wanted to use a different word but didn't want my answer to be revoked). Certainly Dracula in his original appearance and in some more recent ones becomes a fascinating character rather than a lightly air-brushed 2-dimensional figure. Oh my goodness. You have got me started now...
I don't believe that you can ever have enough Dracula, just as you can never have an exciting, invigorating, and a beloved character throughout the ages. That type of character has endured for a reason, appearing and popping up in all sorts of literary works and non-literary works alike.