Here's the blip from the website:
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.From the producers of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning hit "Downton Abbey" comes "Dracula," a twisted, sophisticated and sexy take on Bram Stoker's classic novel, proving that some stories never die. One-hour drama.
Well, readers, you know me. Give me a vampire and turn of the century frippery and I'm a happy Goth, but it leaves me with some questions.
Why do we keep going back to Dracula?
Besides the fact that there are characters named Dracula and Harker and Renfield, and that it's Victorian, and that he's a vampire, it has very little to do with Dracula the novel. It's a "sophisticated and sexy take" on the novel, sure, but couldn't you have changed the names and just gone with a new series?
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Dracula adaptations. You all know the famous ones. Bram Stoker's Dracula and Nosferatu are pretty prevalent in pop culture (thank you, Spongebob.) And let there be no mistake there are many vampires that don't bear the Dracula label, but there are many that are. The name Dracula lends a kind of Victorian mystique shorthand to anything that you need to attract an audience.
So maybe I'm being too picky.
But finding a version of Dracula that's an accurate adaptation from the novel? Much more difficult. Let's be honest, Dracula as a novel is dense. And who doesn't like Dracula as a brooding Byronic hero with a swooning damsel in a corset? It's more attractive to a widespread audience if it's not just about a monster because over time we've removed the fact from our cultural rhetoric that Dracula represents a time when vampires were monsters. They were big and scary, not romantic and brooding.
(You can also take this as an invitation to make a fabulous accurate indie Dracula adaptation film. Go on. Please? You're all talented people.)
Anyway, back to the series at hand. Let's watch the trailer:
Ooh! Pretty! Fun costumes, good actors! Maybe it'll be okay after all. Well, at least I have something to watch while I'm suffering through Latin this autumn.
So what do you guys think? Are you excited for NBC's Dracula?