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Feb 8, 2014

Old Legend. New Blood. Show N' Read Saturday #28: DRACULA


A weekly meme hosted by Diantha Jones where we share and rate TV shows and movies we've seen, and the books that we have read or have now been inspired to read.

I've watched:

Dracula (2013–) on NBC

It's the late 19th century, and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He's especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night - useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: he hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan...until he becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.  (


First off, I LOVE JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS. That just needed to be said. He was freaking brilliant in The Tudors (one of my fave shows EVER!) and to have another chance to get a week-to-week dose of him is just a dream come true.

I will say that this first season started off kind of weak. I wasn't really convinced by the storyline they were introducing to me and I wasn't a fan of the actors. But behold, I'm convinced now!

The acting greatly improved throughout the season and the storyline started dashing uphill at about the midseason point and didn't slow down. The finale was awesome! Seriously, I was impressed with the way things are looking for the second season. Oh, and you'll be excited to know that Van Helsing (Thomas Kretschmann) is a character in the show, but is actually in cahoots with Dracula for season one. For those of you who don't know, Van Helsing is a scientist/vampire hunter sooooo...I'm sure you can figure out that this little friendship doesn't last very long.

The romance is one of the main drivers of this show and half of the drama surrounds Dracula's obsession with Mina Murray (Jessica De Gouw). At first it was a little distracting, but I'm a big fan of the romance factor now. It's causing all kinds of trouble, making for a seriously exciting show.

Overall, I'm excited for season two. As a huge fan of Vampire Diaries and a once upon a time fan of True Blood, I thought I would be tired of vampires by now. Yeah...nope! Dracula has revived my love of fangers. Recommend? YES!


What to Read?

I already own this classic novel (I have for years), but I've never read it. JRM has got me seriously wanting to pull it off the shelf and dig into it now, just to see how much he is doing the character justice. Definitely in the TBR for 2014!

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