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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   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, 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.
   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.
   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 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.
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