What's the Difference between Dracula the Book and Bram Stoker's Dracula the Movie?



Released: 1897
Author: Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Released: 1992
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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In the Book In the Movie
Jonathan Harker
Jonathan Harker
Portrayed by: Keanu Reeves
Mina Murray
Mina Murray
Portrayed by: Winona Ryder
Count Dracula
Count Dracula
Portrayed by: Gary Oldman
Abraham van Helsing
Abraham van Helsing
Portrayed by: Anthony Hopkins
Lucy Westenra
Lucy Westenra
Portrayed by: Sadie Frost
Portrayed by: Tom Waits
Bram Stoker's Dracula Book vs Movie
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   Jonathan's employer, Peter Hawkins, is shown to be a good-hearted man particularly fond of him and Mina, and leaves them a chunk of his goods upon his death. Hawkins is shown as an unscrupulous man who has no problem sending Harker to Romania despite being aware of the danger it will pose for him.
   Dracula as an old man bears some resemblance to Vlad the Impaler, but no clear parallels are drawn between them. Van Helsing believes that Dracula is Vlad the Impaler, and that he has lived for an impossibly long time after becoming a vampire.
   Van Helsing deduces that Dracula's three vampire brides were merely innocent village girls and Dracula's victims when he sees the peaceful expressions they make after he kills them. No inference is shown to be made by van Helsing when he kills the vampire brides.
   Jonathan Harker escapes Dracula's castle just after Dracula departs for England, and is never directly attacked by the vampire brides. Jonathan Harker is kept captive in the castle for a long time after Dracula leaves for England, with the vampire brides periodically drinking his blood before he finally escapes.
   Lucy Westenra is shown to be a typically prim and proper young lady, even more innocent than Mina. Lucy is portrayed as a perverted, sexually voracious young woman.
   In the book, Dracula forces Mina to drink his blood, much to her horror. In the film, Dracula leaves the choice of whether or not Mina should drink his blood up to Mina herself, and Mina decides to drink his blood anyway, even though Dracula tells her that he loves her too much to condemn her to be what he himself is.
   In the book, Mina despises Dracula because of what he did to her best friend Lucy and for terrorizing her life, and at the same time does her best to fight him off and stay loyal to her husband Jonathan and the others. In the film, Mina slowly falls for Dracula over time.
   In the book, Mina suggests to Abraham Van Helsing that he hypnotize her in order to find out where Dracula is, and he does. In the film Van Helsing does it to Mina without her suggesting to him.
   In the book, it is not shown how he became a vampire but is indirectly said that he was already a vampire during the war as he always returned alone and came back again. In the movie, it is told that he became a vampire only after he won the war and lost his wife.
   Renfield's insanity is never explained and is not related to Harker in any way. Renfield is shown to be Harker's predecessor and it's implied that his experience at Dracula's castle drove him insane.
   Van Helsing presses the wafer on Mina's head to bless her, not knowing it would burn her and Mina does not try to seduce and kill him. Mina tries to seduce and kill Van Helsing and he presses a communion wafer on her head to defend himself from the attack.
   Dracula is not shown to particularly love Mina or any other woman from his past. Dracula falls in love with Mina because he believes she is a reincarnation of his dead sweetheart, Elisabeta.
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   Jonathan Harker's hair turns gray at Seward's asylum after the Count places Harker in an trance and consumes Mina's blood. Harker returns from Transylvania with gray hair, apparently as consequence of having been bitten by the vampire brides
   The book ends when Jonathan Harker and Quincy Morris chase down Dracula's coffin, stab his heart and behead him before the sun sets. They are unable to reach his coffin before the sun sets, and so Dracula breaks free for one final struggle in the castle's chapel.
   Dracula immediately dies and turns to dust after getting his throat cut and getting stabbed through the heart. Mina puts Dracula out of his misery in the church after he was mortally wounded in the struggle.
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