I am comparing Bram Stoker’s epic novel to my favorite Dracula movie, which is Tod Browning’s 1931 Universal classic starring the great Bela Lugosi. I saw Hammer Film’s Productions 1958 Dracula film starring Christopher Lee (it was good), sort of remembered enjoying the Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version of the infamous Count, and yes, I appreciated the great silent classic Nosferatu. In the end, it’s the Bela classic that does it for me! However, the novel “does me more!”
The adventurous carriage ride through the Transylvania forests, the description of the breathtaking views of Dracula’s Castle even from far away. The imprisonment of one Jonathan Harker inside this castle. And of course, the initial account of the ancient and mysterious Count Dracula as he dwells in his domain; all this was captivating on a level that none of the films could reach.