Dracula is nearly finished, but it’s raised a point that annoys me (and probably annoys a lot of other people, too); the characters are idiots. You see this rather too often in stories – it’s that point when the reader feels like yelling “Oh come on! It’s … ! Can’t you see that? You idiot(s)!” It’s the point where, in order for the plot to progress, one or more characters has to behave stupidly.
Actually, it’s not necessarily behaving stupidly – it’s behaving out of character. It’s less annoying if the character has previously been established to be not too fast on the uptake.
Case in point, a group of characters has assembled and made it their mission to hunt down and rid the world of Count Dracula (Once and for all!), they’ve spent time going over the information they have about him; where his hideouts are, what his powers are, what his weaknesses are, etc. They’ve got vampires on the brain. And yet, this group of intelligent people (including Professor Van Helsing, world-renowned vampire expert!) come to stupid conclusions like “Huh, there’s a bat on the windowsill during out meeting. Wierd.”, and “Mina’s looking pale, is very tired, and talks about bad dreams involving mysterious mists drifting into her room and red eyes watching her. She must be overtired, poor thing.”
Never mind, I’ll be on to the next book soon…