Walkings (unrendered) wrote,

deconstructing creepy

So, I've been doing research on old horror stories. And I'm slightly perplexed.

So, I adore Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and Picture of Dorian Grey. And what I love about them is they aren't horrifying as much as they are weird enough to make me uncomfortable, and they are really about the human condition. Frankenstein I would even define as science fiction, a "what if..." story about a scientific advancement and reflecting on what it means.

But Dracula. It's a straight horror story. I have found little commentary on the human condition. And so mainly, I am creeped out, a feeling I don't particularly find enjoyable. And yet I recognize its value culturally and acknowledge that billions of people have adored this novel/genre.

So I ask, what do y'all see in it? Why do you like Dracula? I am not being sarcastic, elitist, or snarky; I am honestly trying to figure this out.

Here are my best guesses:

1. people enjoy the feeling of being scared/horrified
2. the goth fashion statement
3. the melodrama head-to-forehead swooning (see point 2.)
4. the sexual tension (which parts, though? A woman with the blood of 3 lovers in her?)
5. the insight into gothic period social class structure and behavior

Any of those? All? None? Thoughts?

Also, a wee self-commentary. Yet again, a friend has pointed out to me (a couple days ago) that I don't live in the same world as the rest of everybody. And I can tell you, sometimes it's an asset, sometimes a weakness. And I know from experience that my guesses are often horribly wrong, because it's like I'm an alien. But it's strange coming across things like this, where I just don't get it.
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