Book Review: Dracula and Frankenstein

Dracula (Dover Graphic Novel Classics)Dracula by John Green

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ok, I know that this is intended for a much younger audience. And, I know that this far less than what most would consider a condensed reading. That being said I wouldn’t buy and I wouldn’t sell it. The core of the Dracula novel is that it is a Victorian Gothic story. The drawings are pseudo-Hollywood camp. The interaction between characters is ridiculous and the reasons for Dracula to even come to London are never revealed. It is almost as if Dover Classics was just trying to turn a buck on an out of copyright classic. Additionally the digital copy is difficult to read because of the lack of coloring or shading. The cover says it all and most of the pages have a gross misuse of white margins. At 44 pages it could have been re-framed and cut to place in more panels and pushed the story into deeper development and still met the page restrictions.

Frankenstein (Dover Graphic Novel Classics)Frankenstein by John Green

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one is slightly better but only because it keeps to the story more. It still guts the elements of Dr. Frankenstein challenges the laws of God and Nature but it does keep the crux there. Gothic horro was never meant for kids but instead a a means for educated Brits to knowing challenge the ideas of science, ethos, and religion ina socially safe context. These graphic renditions seem to loose all of that essence.

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