First, obviously I have an interest in Victorian era productions and costuming. Second, there has definitely been an attempt in this production and its marketing to appeal to the steampunk aesthetic. Third, I've pretty much been obsessed with Dracula since the age of 13 or so. I've read and watched a LOT of Dracula adaptations, good and bad.
|Dracula's Steampunk Lab|
If you want to see some of my own spluttering after watching the first episode, see my initial reaction on Tumblr. The premise of the show and the ways in which it has twisted the Dracula story would take a really long time to explain. I do think in general the show would probably be better if it didn't call itself "Dracula" and had just gone for an original story. Dracula is now trying to sell the world on
But ok, after the initial WTF factor of the first episode, the second episode is a lot less difficult to
|Mina and Lucy in their prom dresses.|
The second episode was much less offensive in its costuming. Mina's blue and white outfit wasn't really period, and she will persist in wearing her hair down like she's 12 years old, but I can overlook those things. And although there are a number of plot elements that I am still a bit dubious about, I'm willing to see where they go and try to enjoy the weird ride on the ay.
|I'm SO jealous of Dracula's ride.|
Overall, whether you enjoy "Dracula" or not is going to depend on your taste. If you like overblown gothic romance, then this is right up your alley. The whole time I'm watching the show I'm aware that the teenage version of me would fall head over heels in love with it. Now, I do have to say that I'm looking forward to watching more and that it's fun, in a brainless sort of way. (Don't try to really follow the plot, is my advice.) And even when I'm rolling my eyes or groaning at some wretched costuming, I'm still ENJOYING doing so. My husband, on the other hand, is unabashedly enjoying it.
Have you watched it? What did you think?