How is Eastern Europe represented in Bram Stoker’s novel and Coppola’s film?
The protagonist and story of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula have been widely adapted in films throughout many years. The legendary creature has mesmerized and frighten readers and viewers for nearly a century. Francis Ford Coppola however use the erotic romance of the original novel in order to illustrate a tragic love story in his film Bram Stoker's Dracula. Bram Stoker has contributed a lot to shaping the modern conception of vampires which we see in films and fiction. Modern people derive their knowledge about vampires from the cinema-not only. Bram Stoker's Dracula comes closer to the novel than any previous adaptation in spite of the fact that due to production costs and financial restrictions the director can never fully reproduce an entire literary work into a screen version. A young Englishman named Jonathan Harker travels through Transylvania to aid Count Dracula, a Transylvanian nobleman, in buying an English estate. His journey into the remote Eastern European landscape is frightful. Gradually, he realizes that he is a prisoner in Dracula's castle and that the Count is a demonic being. “Note that the setting is Eastern Europe, the porous region where the East and West intermingle, where Europe gets its tastes of Eastern exoticism, such as the Turks”(Hogan ). It is said that this book is considered as one of the most famous horror novels and that it possesses all the features of a classic gothic novel. These features are prominent at the beginning with the description of the countryside of Transylvania and of the ruined Dracula Castle: The castle is on the very edge of a terrible precipice. A stone falling from the window would fall a thousand feet without touching anything! As far as the eye can reach is a sea of green tree tops, with occasionally a deep rift where there is a chasm. Here and there are silver threads where the rivers...
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