The phraseology of this article leaves a bit to be desired in terms of professionalism–not that I don’t sometimes leave a tad to be desired myself with my writing, as I do, in first person here and on our sister sites (werewolves.com, zombies.org, topcomics.com, and darkness.com)–and tries just a teensy bit too hard to sound “hip,” in my opinion, but the claims the article makes are not wrong. So much of what today is recognizable about the character Dracula, of what is, in fact, inseparable from the character, originates not from Bram Stoker’s novel but from the stage play, and later the Universal classic film, based on that novel. (More accurately, the play was LOOSELY based on the novel, and the movie was based on the play, two degrees removed from the novel.)
Dracula’s choice of evening wear, including the iconic cape, did indeed originate with the play. And Dracula’s accent-flavored, deliberate way of speaking, what has become the stereotype of the ‘Dracula voice,” seen in countless cartoons and TV shows, even parodied by the Muppet “The Count” on SESAME STREET, is pure Bela Lugosi. It can factually be stated that Stoker did not create ALL of the Count Dracula character we all know and fear. Just a large PART of him. Dracula is, in reality, a pastiche.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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