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you know what kills me about james?
everyone is all like “james faced the dark lord wandless because he thought he could take him for lily and harry omg”
when really i think james knew all along he wouldn’t make it
he was offering himself up as a distraction to give his wife and his son time to escape knowing he’d die in the process
Dracula is not a romantic figure. (WARNING: LONG POST IS LONG.)
Now, I’ve kind of jumped onto the hate for NBC’s new Dracula series. When I first heard of the idea a while ago I had little information on it, and I initially had hope for it. Unfortunately the more I learned of it the more and more annoyed and disappointed I became.
What it seems to me is just a ploy to cash into the current obsession with romantic vampires (then again every romantic Dracula plot has been).
Now, I’m not going to claim Stokerist purity. I try incredibly hard to be open minded when it comes to Dracula. I can still watch an enjoy many interpretations of the character and the plot, even sometimes the romantic ones. I’ve often defended movies that get a lot of hate from the elitists who refuse to acknowledge anything related to Dracula other than Stoker’s novel 100%, though I too can understand their frustration.
I love Stoker’s novel. I have since I first read it when I was 8. I’ve devoted a good portion of my life to studying the impact and evolution Stoker made to vampires and horror.
But as I’ve gotten older I’ve become increasingly agitated at the fact literally no one has made a film or TV series based 100% on the book. For a story praised so highly why does Hollywood meddle with it making it nearly unrecognisable to Stoker’s intention? Dracula in film has never been portrayed as Bram wrote him. There’s always something changed or something added or something disregarded.
And quite frankly I’m tired of the fact there has never been anything in film that has ever been true to the book.
Which comes into the title of this rant: Dracula is not a romantic figure.