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The Romance of Dracula; a personal Journey of the Count on celluloid [Kindle Edition]

Charles E. Butler , Eddie Butler
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Book Description

Romance is a labour of love for the films based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. From Max Schreck (1922) to Marc Warren (2006). Fourteen reviews of fourteen classic movies. The epilogue shows reviews of movies in which Dracula has made a token appearance.

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About the Author

Charles E Butler was born and raised in the Yorkshire town of Leeds in the UK. He is a writer, actor and artist of independent comic books. He quickly developed a taste for the fantastic through comicbooks and the movies. His own short films under his Su asti banner are submitted to festivals and have been viewed as far afield as New Orleans. He has written vampire essays for various sites on the Internet and his special tribute Dracula and Werewolf pages can be found on Facebook. The Romance of Dracula is his first book and a sequel, Vampires Everywhere, The Rise of the Movie UnDead is in preparation.

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  • Language: English
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Film History May 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a vampire fan since I was a first-grader running home to watch the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. It was with great pleasure that I read Charles Butler's take on many of the films that I grew up with.

In his book, The Romance of Dracula, Butler explores his personal connection with the cinematic journey of Bram Stoker's iconic count, from the silent era to the present day, in a conversational yet authoritative tone. The book begins with a thorough discussion of the novel and then moves on to explore the various screen treatments of Dracula from the Murnau silent classic, Nosferatu, to an examination of contemporary vampire films (with nary a mention of Twilight).

The author begins each chapter with a scene-by-scene synopsis of each Dracula film and then finishes with his no-holds-barred review of script adaptation, direction, cinematography and acting performance. I for one found his critical stance on the Coppola Dracula of the nineties to be on the money and agree wholeheartedly with his praise for the imaginative Shadow of the Vampire. Fans of Hammer horror (and actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing) won't be disappointed at the in-depth look at these films.

Butler peppers his reviews with entertaining insights and anecdotes. The reader may be surprised to find that with all of the adaptations of Dracula, few are true to the source material in either story or portrayal of the count. A notable example pointed out by Butler is the Bela Lugosi version produced by Universal, which is based on the stage play. Even though I once worked for Universal, I didn't know there is a Spanish language version of this film, starring a different cast that was produced for the European market.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and a must have for any Dracula fan March 30, 2011
By rose
Format:Kindle Edition
Being a classic movie buff, I couldn't wait to finish reading The Romance of Dracula: a Personal Journey of the Count on Celluloid.

Many people, such as myself, love to write or read about vampires. Many though, especially those in the younger age group, have never sat down to read Bram Stoker's fascinating novel. If Dracula hasn't been in your reading repertoire, you need to add it FAST! The book is a classic and, if you're into a little bit of voyeurism, Dracula is for you. Written as a diary, the reader is drawn into the macabre world of the undead.

The fascination with Bram Stoker's book brought entranced readers the world of the movie vampire, which has thrilled and fascinated everyone since the beginning of the last century.

Mr. Butler's The Romance of Dracula accomplishes the same fantastic feat!

Reading Mr. Butler's book, I found myself spending time on the computer hunting down each of the flicks that he mentioned. Many are back on my purchase list, and I'm eager to see the films through the author's descriptive eyes.

In the past 15 years, the world has begun to think of vampires as exotic, handsome men and women that have the capability to make their victims bare their throats with an eagerness that rivals anything imaginable. In the past, both in the world of the movies and Stoker's novel, things were a wee bit different.

For one, the past was filled with vicious but entrancing bloodsuckers that had one intent in drain a person dry. There wasn't any forever romance, all-consuming love, or a vamp that could grace the cover of a GQ magazine.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Survival Guide March 13, 2011
By n larry
Format:Kindle Edition
The Romance of Dracula is a book I want to describe as a survival guide. It includes quotes, reviews, details synopses of not only the original novel Dracula, but a number of movies based on the vampire classic. When I read his references to PLAYS as well, I was simply smitten. According to Charles E. Butler, he wrote this title in order to explore why he loves the Dracula genre. I personally fell for him when he confessed that vampire literature comprises one-third of his bookshelf.

As usual, I will get straight to why I loved reading this book. First, it reminded me how sad it is that there are still so many vampire genre fans that have not read Dracula. If you read this book, be careful, because at some point in the detailed review of Bram Stoker's classic, you will want to read the book if for no other reason than to compare it to the movies. I'll talk about a moment I had with this book that made me feel the need to re-read Dracula. For some reason, the following author quote did it:

"...Dracula will never be as one remembers from his literary beginnings or what the reader can recall whilst growing up. Film and book are two very different mediums, but Dracula is one of the few characters on the screen to always be matched with the name of Bram Stoker."

This quote had me trying to accurately describe Dracula from the first reading- all those years ago. One of the images that flooded my mind was "The Count" and his "Bah-ha ha." The sesame street Count. Yes, the the cape...and the scary castle... that teaches kids to count.

Okay, now that that's over with... The writer has done something very special here. His opening was my favorite part of the book, and his review of the original novel is breathtaking. It sweeps you up with a fervor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance of Dracula
The books are everything I had hoped they would be and more!! Brilliant author and artist. I am looking forward to future endeavors by Mr. Butler!!!!!!!
Published 19 months ago by Gift
5.0 out of 5 stars FANG-TASTIC!
"The Romance of Dracula" by Charles E. Butler is, in his own words, "a personal journey of the Count on celluloid. Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Brian P. McKinley
5.0 out of 5 stars A great and entertaining read on every major Dracula adaptation
I've been a Dracula aficionado all my life, and besides reading Bram Stoker's masterpiece I've watched many film versions and read many other Dracula books, but this is the first... Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by Mr. G. Caci
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful guide to the many faces of Dracula.
Dracula has had so many differing screen personas over the years that chronicling them can seem a daunting task, but Charles Butler is up to the challenge. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Donald C. Weiss, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read for fans of the count...
As a long time Dracula/vampire fan, I didn't really learn much new from this book but it was fun reading another person's opinion of various movies and comparing those opinions to... Read more
Published on September 26, 2011 by LiterateWalrus
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Own"!
How many times have you picked up a book and read synopsis or reviews of any Dracula movie and wondered if the person even saw the film!? Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by Audrey B. Koogler
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Want To Relive The Thrill Of Dracula - Here's How You Do It
REVIEW FOR: The Romance of Dracula; A Personal Journey of the Count on Celluloid by Charles E. Butler
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Published on March 2, 2011 by Tami Jayne Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series of essays on Dracula on film
Here's an example of a Kindle book that I loved on Kindle but would be even better on paper because you could flip through it at leisure. Read more
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