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Very Serious Survey

Since there's a day off and we're sure you're all pining away without your Drac instalments, we've created a little poll to see what you think of the novel so far. You can vote as many times as you like for each question, we're not picky.

Poll #825630 Very Serious Survey

What is Stoker’s favourite word?

sweet
17(7.2%)
poor
8(3.4%)
dear
26(11.1%)
noble
6(2.6%)
manly
8(3.4%)
zoophagous
17(7.2%)
bosom
12(5.1%)
haggard
2(0.9%)
strong
1(0.4%)
vague fear
6(2.6%)
life and death
0(0.0%)
strangely enough
0(0.0%)
DOOM!!!!1!!
3(1.3%)
[anything in a really dodgy dialect]
18(7.7%)

The award for stupidest action in the book so far goes to...

Jonathan not taking warnings/signs and getting out of the country before going to Dracula's castle
7(2.9%)
Seward deciding to let Renfield escape to see what happens
7(2.9%)
Lucy not realising her suitors are totally gay
6(2.5%)
Jonathan reacting to Dracula's breaking his shaving mirror with no more than mild irritation
5(2.1%)
Seward reacting to Renfield’s licking his blood off the carpet with no more than mild irritation
1(0.4%)
Dracula letting Jonathan get away
4(1.7%)
Everybody on the Demeter for not checking the damn boxes
11(4.6%)
Van Helsing for NOT TELLING PEOPLE
34(14.3%)
Any attempts at guarding Lucy effectively and consistently after Mina dashes off to Eastern Europe
15(6.3%)
Mina not telling anyone what's up with Lucy before she dashes off
0(0.0%)
Mrs Westenra not realising that there might actually be a reason for all that garlic, and it's not just a teenage decorating fad
11(4.6%)
Other (will explain in comments)
0(0.0%)

Which event in the novel stretches credibility the most?

Jonathan managing to keep on writing his diary in the most amazing circumstances
11(4.6%)
The vampire brides' miraculous mastery of the English tongue, or alternatively Jonathan's miraculous translation
4(1.7%)
Jonathan climbing down the sheer drop of the castle walls
11(4.6%)
Mina not peeking at Jonathan’s diary
0(0.0%)
Lucy surviving all those blood transfusions (even though it's before blood types were discovered)
18(7.5%)
All of the narrators managing to record dicey dialect, and even languages they don't speak, perfectly accurately and consistently, even when using phonograph cylinders or shorthand
18(7.5%)
Van Helsing's marvellous spelling alongside his dreadful sentence construction
0(0.0%)
Lucy bouncing back from death's door on a regular basis
5(2.1%)
All those men being allowed to sleep in Lucy's room and pour their bodily fluids into her without the slightest comment from her mother
11(4.6%)
Dracula getting through "the blood of four strong men" and not having major indigestion
0(0.0%)
Mr Hawkins just happening to die the day after changing his will
6(2.5%)
Half the deaths of the novel occurring in the same week
2(0.8%)
No one asking Van Helsing what the hell is going on until Quincey arrives
6(2.5%)
The wild variations in the postal and telegram service
1(0.4%)
Other (will explain in comments)
0(0.0%)

Who is now your favourite character?

Jonathan Harker
8(3.4%)
Mina Harker
31(13.1%)
Lucy Westenra
12(5.1%)
John Seward
9(3.8%)
Arthur Holmwood
3(1.3%)
Quincey Morris
18(7.6%)
Abraham Van Helsing
10(4.2%)
R.M. Renfield
16(6.8%)
Dracula
17(7.2%)
Berserker the wolf
20(8.5%)
Other (will explain in comments)
2(0.8%)


There will be a prize for anyone who can construct the best, most Stokeresque sample containing as many of his favourite words as possible. Dodgy dialect is optional. Once the samples are up, vote for them!
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