In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a scientist struggles with his morality while his friend tries to solve the mystery surrounding recent events. In Alice in Wonderland, a young girl falls down a rabbit hole and encounters all sorts of strange creatures. In Dracula, an infamous vampire terrorizes a town. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three classics!
*Just a note: I’ve linked to the versions on Amazon that use these covers, but I believe all of these are in the public domain and can be gotten legally for free.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
This was actually better than I thought it'd be, considering I don't usually like classics. It was more mild than I was expecting (apparently I've seen too many exaggerated references), but also more modern, at least in the sense of being able to relate to the characters and their motives/feelings/actions. The old timey classic's even got jokes! "If he be Mr. Hyde, I shall be Mr. Seek." And Utterson (the protag) genuinely wanted to help his friend when he thought he was in trouble which made him likeable to me. So although I can't say I loved it, I did enjoy it for the most part.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This might be an unpopular opinion, but... Honestly, this sounded like something I would've written when I was ten and was just being "creative" and writing whatever random, made-up stuff came to mind as I went with no real understanding of plot or characters. According to my rating scale, a half star means, "What did I even just read?" and I never thought I'd have to use it, but here we are. I can't help but think this wouldn't be a popular book if it weren't somehow already a classic. Literally Alice just grew and shrank a few times, met one creature, met another, met another, etc., and none of what any creature said made any sense. At one point a baby turned into a pig and ran off into the woods. There were also lots of songs and rhymes. The end. Am I missing something? Maybe I'd feel differently if I'd first read it as a kid and felt some nostalgia. The only positive thing I can say is that it had a few lines that were so absurd they did make me smile. But mostly, I'd summarize my thoughts with this oddly perfect quote from the book: "I don’t believe there’s an atom of meaning in it."
Dracula by Bram Stoker
This book took me a while to to read because it took like ten pages for every character to say something as simple as, "I'm doing well," or to write in their journal, "Today we traveled through X city without incident." Eventually I started skimming and skipping whole sections, something I almost never do, because I could see they were just more repetition or long, drawn-out descriptions of unimportant events. Even doing that, it still felt like the book was never-ending. It picked up toward the end when they were finally hunting down Dracula, but even then I was skipping unnecessary parts.
That being said, the story itself and the concept of Dracula were interesting. And it took me a while to warm up to the characters, but I ended up liking them and feeling for them *SPOILER* (even if they made ridiculously bad decisions in regards to not properly protecting Mina and were frustratingly oblivious in not realizing she was being drained). *END SPOILER* I could feel how much they cared about each other and thought their friendships were sweet. So although I do feel there was way too much unnecessary description and long-windedness, I'm glad to have finally read this since I did enjoy certain aspects, and I no longer feel like a disgrace of a vampire book fan.