Date: 2012-10-30 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vizsludraugas.livejournal.com
Bosh. Stoker cribbed his descriptions from a newspaper article or something like that. They really should talk to someone like Elizabeth Miller when writing these things, and she would have told them that Stoker's research on topics was actually quite scanty. A lot of things went into the novel, but most of them were half-remembered bits of things Stoker had read, and the single most popular theory about the book-that the Dracula of the novel is based on Vlad Tepes-is likely wrong.

Date: 2012-10-30 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khedron.livejournal.com
Well, it's easy enough to say that Stoker read some newspaper descriptions of this guy's work. Doesn't have to be that far off.

Date: 2012-10-30 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vizsludraugas.livejournal.com
The problem is, Stoker is inconsistent about his descriptions of Dracula: at times, the Count is handsome, ugly, brilliant, possessed of a "child brain," etc., etc. Fred Saberhagen wrote a book that took advantage of those inconsistencies, and developed it into a series: I've only read the first two in that series, but they are fun reads.

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