I don’t think I will be reading Dracula again for a while. It was a bit dry for me. I think that since our culture has changed a lot since it was published in 1897 it no longer has the same impact as it did when it first came out. It no longer shows our fears of the supernatural. Perhaps if Dracula was an AI that was somehow able to infect people with some kind of virus that somehow paralleled the same story as Dracula.
If Dracula was a book released today with no changes from when it was published in 1897 but released in 2015 instead of 1897 I don’t think that it would be a very popular book. The book would not be very relevant today. It wouldn’t reflect our culture. Superstition is not as big as it was back then. Science is now one of the ore popular ways to view the world. Also the culture has changed significantly since that time. Things like the “New woman” is more of a thing now.
In Dracula the story would seem off because they are stereotype Victorians. If you swapped the genders of the characters the story would seem a bit more absurd then it already is. But it would make for an interesting story. Van Helsing would be a very wise intelligent old woman and Dr. Seward would be more or less the same.
In chapter 14 Johnathan is getting better. To understand what happened Mina reads Johnathan’s journal. Later Dr. Van Helsing visits Mina to talk about Lucy. Then to understand what happened to Lucy, Dr. Van Helsing reads Mina’s journal and she gives him Johnathan’s journal to read. After reading Johnathan’s journal Van Helsing says that it is true. While walking with Mina Johnathan sees the count and he appears younger, and Renfield is as sane as ever. Arthur is getting better since Lucy’s death. But mysteriously children are being lured away and returning with puncture wounds on their necks. Dr Van Helsing wants Dr Seward to believe things he says. Dr Van Helsing also proposes that these puncture marks are from Miss Lucy.