I just finished reading Dracula. Interesting bit is how nearly the whole story is a bunch of friendzoned chumps simping over the girl that friendzoned them. And the funny part is she specifically friendzoned them for their rich friend, so as nice as the book tries to make her seem, she still comes off as a gold digger.
Anyway, the whole thing really drops off after the first act, since that's the part where Dracula is actually present and you actually get a creepy atmosphere. The second act basically plays out like an episode of Columbo, where the characters are trying to solve a mystery, but the audience already knows the answer. It's fine, but is easily the weakest part of the story. It picks up again once characters start to realize what's going on, but never again gets as interesting as the first act, where the most interesting character is actually present, and much more focus is spent on building an interesting atmosphere. Plus, that's the only part where we can at least pretend we don't already know the mystery the characters are trying to solve, so it's at least fun to see it be put together not just for the characters, but for the audience.
All that said, I'd still be interested in seeing a single film version that actually tries to be somewhat accurate to the novel. I suppose it's hard, because people watching a Dracula film don't want Dracula to disappear early in the story and barely be present for the vast majority of it. But it is interesting how basically no film version is anywhere close to accurate. Coppola's version markets itself with the author's name but hinges on plots that were nowhere in the novel, and adds all sorts of weird shit to be cool. While it does contain most of the plot beats, the things that are added become so much of the focus that the plot of the novel ends up feeling like a background element. Because of course the plot of doctors trying to diagnose a disease is less interesting than Dracula doing Dracula stuff, which he barely does in the novel. But still, I'd be interested in seeing that movie or maybe miniseries play out.