Monday 10 December 2018

THE VAMPYRE by John William Polidori

The Vampyre; a Tale
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I watched the Mary Shelley movie earlier this year, and one of the things it featured (of course!) was the fateful getaway which produced one of the best and most influential stories of all-time, Frankenstein.

This story was another that the challenge produced. It was written by William Polidori, Lord Byron's physician. Though at first, the world was led to believe it was Byron's tale, and Polidori had a hard time convincing everyone that it was his story.

Although now that I've actually read it, I don't know why anyone would want to lay claim to such a boring tale.

This story dragged so much. The writing style was blocky and failed to keep my attention. So much I was nodding off a few times and had to force myself back into the narrative. It was a hard story to get through, and I only stuck with it because it was short. If this was a novel, I would've DNFd it for sure.

Ugh. Although I'm glad I read it... who would've thought one of the first vampire stories could be such a bore? The origin story was definitely better than the tale.

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