DRACULA Graphic Novel Mini Review

DRACULA Graphic Novel Mini ReviewDRACULA by Bram Stoker, John Green
Published by Dover Publications on November 19, 2014
Pages: 48
Format: eARC
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Readers will be spellbound by this graphic novel version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The granddaddy of all the modern vampire stories, the immortal tale unfolds in a gripping journey into the past that recounts a Victorian-era struggle against ancient evil. Original illustrations add an extra allure to this easy-to-read edition.
This Dover Graphic Novel Classic offers readers ages 8 and up an exciting introduction to a time-honored tale. Expertly abridged and packed with dramatic illustrations, this version offers a streamlined narrative that retains all of the storytelling essentials.

I love Dracula and it’s been one of my favorite classics for a long time. Part of this has to do with my last name being the last name of one of the characters and the other part is all Lucy. So when I saw that an eARC of this graphic novel was available on Netgalley, I had to request it to read during October!

This graphic novel was a decent adaptation but it left a lot to be desired. The story itself was not changed, but it was hard to care about the characters or the situation when so much was left out. I do understand that it is an adaptation but it could have used a bit more from the original. The story would have also flowed better if there had been more of a transition between the scenes. The journey from Dracula’s castle to England was a bit rushed. And there were multiple location changes through out this story and in some spots there were multiple location changes on the same page with hardly any transition. It was confusing. I’m not sure if I would have been able to follow if I wasn’t familiar with the original work.

The graphic novel is short at 48 pages and it could have really benefited from being longer. The artwork itself is beautiful and looks very clean and crisp. I found myself wanting to color each illustration as I was reading. As beautiful as the illustrations were, the graphic novel could have used more artwork that helped to transition between the scenes.

Overall, I liked it! I would gladly read a longer version of this graphic novel.

**I received this eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Overall: five-stars

Jessie H.

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