Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
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Get your Gothic on: The return of blogdracula

Experience a novel in real time.

Via my friend p_m_cryan comes blogdracula, the original 1897 story by Bram Stoker presented in LJ form. The novel takes place from May to November one year late in the 19th century, and is presented in epistolary form, via letters, journal entries, newspaper articles, recordings (a proto-form of LPs, you could say) and more. Cryan explains further:
In 2005, dietsch directed me to a link for Dracula Blogged, which posted Bram Stoker's novel DRACULA in "real time," based on the dated journal entries, letters, telegrams and newspaper clippings that appear in the book.

In 2006, two extraordinary and dedicated bloggers, elettaria and eye_of_a_cat, took it upon themselves to create a LiveJournal community to do the same thing... dracula1897... creating character LJs, creating gorgeous wallpapers and icons, and sponsoring discussion with a membership and readership of more than 1000 bloggers.

Due to time constraints, neither has been able to run the project since, and I missed it dreadfully. Even though Dracula Blogged was and is still up and running, it wasn't quite the same as the give-and-take in dracula1897, nor did it give me the insights into gothic literature as a whole that I got in 2006.

I'm in need of a bit of magic in my life. So I'm going to try to generate some of my own.
Having participated enthusiastically in dracula1897, I can vouch for this being an often fascinating way to experience a work. I've loved the original Dracula since first reading it in college, and as I usually am cold towards vampire literature, I find that a testament to the novel's power. You can experience, or re-experience, that for yourself.

blogdracula. Because there can always be more Gothic in life.
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