Wanna Buy Dracula’s Castle?
May 14, 2014

Wanna Buy Dracula’s Castle?

For over 100 years, readers of all ages have fallen in love with Dracula, the book and the vampire. And that love has extended to an entire genre of writing the vampire novel. From Anne Rice to Stephanie Meyer and all the other vampire book authors, the vampire book has caught readers. But that all started with Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

I am one of those who fell in love with the novel. For me, Dracula quickly became my favorite classic novel. With a little bit of the fantastic and a whole lot of gothic and the complex relationships, it is no wonder that I fell in love with the classic vampire novel. I love everything about the novel, right down to the description of the castle. Others also find themselves attracted to those very same descriptions.

As it turns out, for the right price, the alleged real Dracula’s castle is for sale, according to the Huffington Post. By alleged, I mean there are two catches: 1) the supposed historical basis for Dracula, Vlad Dracul, never actually lived there and 2) Bram Stoker, author of the classic Dracula, never actually even visited the castle. Bran Castle, as it is really called, still holds interest for Dracula lovers worldwide.

Why, then, is this Bran Castle considered Dracula’s Castle? Well, first of all, apparently Vlad Dracula, otherwise called Vlad Tepes and Vlad the Impaler, may have been imprisoned there, so that sort of counts. As the Huff Post explains, historical documents lay claim that Vlad was in fact captured and imprisoned at Bran Castle.

The second reason that Bran Castle may be the real-life inspiration for the book is that experts believe that Bram Stoker read about Bran and then based Dracula’s castle off of it in his novel. As a writer myself, I can definitely see this argument. Okay, maybe he did not actually go check it out and stay in the castle, but the mere speculation that he read about it and then used that description to help him visualize the castle in the novel is still pretty interesting.

So, these two bits of information have been enough to convince hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of people that Bran Castle is, in fact, the inspiration for Dracula’s castle. In fact, 560,000 paying tourists come to it every year. Now, for really interested parties with the right amount of money, they can enjoy the fruits of the tourist biz from Bran Castle. Though the current owners are not disclosing the asking price, in the past the place has been on the market for $135 million. But with 560,000 yearly visitors, it just might pay off. With 57 rooms and 22 acres, though, it will require quite some attention.

For the right investors, though, the place just might shine. People love their historical and literary tours, so with the right vision, Bran Castle could really bring in the bucks. The major downfall? Well, the Huff Post article explains that the place needs some bathrooms.

I am not really one to take literary tours, but I have to admit that the opportunity to see what inspired Bram Stoker does pique my interest quite a bit. Not $135 million worth, but still, it could be cool.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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