Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Both Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein are considered classics. Have you ever read either of them?
I’m not a reader of horror, but I am a reader of classics, so I’ve read both these books. I was not greatly impressed by Dracula, in all honesty. It was not nearly as frightening as billed (though a friend who read it alone at night said atmosphere made a difference…) and I was deeply (deeply) bothered by the notion that a character could lose her soul against her will (cursed by Dracula, more or less). I was also left wondering how we ever got from Stoker’s vampires to the Twilight romantic variety (I’ve been told Anne Rice is the bridge).
I like Frankenstein a lot. It’s also not too horrifying, in the sense we typically mean horror now, but I found it much more engaging than Dracula. I hated Victor and felt great sympathy for the Creature (for most of the book), but the key point there may be that I felt strongly about both of them, so I had a heavy investment in the story. Frankenstein figures slightly in my Phantom of the Opera retelling (another classic Gothic horror, actually). The Phantom has a copy on his bookshelf, alongside The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Both are probably very unhealthy reading for him…
Have you read either of these classics? How did you feel about them?