deird1: Spike mock-threatening Joyce, with text "GRR." (Spike grrr)
[personal profile] deird1
I have recently been reading Dracula. I figured that, well, it's a classic, and also, it's free, so why not?

It's actually quite good. (Which I wasn't at all expecting. Despite it being a classic. Because I'm kinda dumb.) It's also an epistolary novel, which is exactly my kind of thing.

So... hurrah! Dracula!



One thing I found rather amusing is that, as a 21st-century reader, I interpret some sentences differently to the average 19th-century gothic novel fan.
Like this:
Here Quincey Morris added, "I understand that the Count comes from a wolf country, and it may be that he shall get there before us. I propose that we add Winchesters to our armament. I have a kind of belief in a Winchester when there is any trouble of that sort around."


...so, there they were, hunting down Dracula, and someone made the very sensible suggestion that they should bring Sam and Dean along, because those Winchester boys know a thing or two about vampire hunting - and I nodded seriously and got halfway down the page before I realised that wasn't what they'd meant.

I'm not a hopeless fangirl, I swear.

Date: 2012-09-27 10:39 am (UTC)
black_rider: (Default)
From: [personal profile] black_rider
...I've just met you, and already I think I love you. (Verity sent me)

Date: 2012-09-27 11:12 am (UTC)
nimthiriel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nimthiriel
See, I read "Winchester" in the book and thought "Guns!". Then I read "Sam and Dean" and thought "Who?".

Hyeah :-p

Date: 2012-09-27 11:57 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I read it over the summer, and was just as fascinated by the annotations as I was the book itself. I also squeed because Stoker went to Trinity, so he likely took classes with one of my several-times-great-grandparents. (My family has been teaching there since the 1600s. It's kind of cool, but oh my gods does this mean I have a lot to live up to.)

Date: 2012-09-27 12:25 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Heehee. Can [community profile] metaquotes?

Date: 2012-09-28 06:02 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-27 02:17 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Picture shows a red-winged angel staring at a distant blue star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
I quite enjoyed Dracula.

Heeeeeee. I like your re-interpretation of it. (Despite knowing nothing of... um, Supernatural?)

Date: 2012-09-27 04:34 pm (UTC)
rebcake: Spock with raised eyebrow: well, that's not canon (not canon)
From: [personal profile] rebcake
Hee! Sam and Dean's last name is no accident. It has many connotations here in the States, not least the Winchester Mystery House, a rambling affair built by the heiress to the gun fortune, ostensibly to forestall her inevitable meeting in the afterlife with all the victims of the weapons that bore her name. I like it.

Date: 2012-09-27 05:44 pm (UTC)
petzipellepingo: (dracula by iconzicons)
From: [personal profile] petzipellepingo
...so, there they were, hunting down Dracula, and someone made the very sensible suggestion that they should bring Sam and Dean along, because those Winchester boys know a thing or two about vampire hunting - and I nodded seriously and got halfway down the page before I realised that wasn't what they'd meant.


"snorfles"

Date: 2012-09-27 07:32 pm (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Tasty)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
*giggles*

If you're looking for something else marvelous in the 19th century vampire line, might I suggest Carmilla by Sheridan LeFanu? Also, there's Clarimonde by Theophile Gautier which is simply extraordinary!


Gabrielle
Edited Date: 2012-09-27 07:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-28 04:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] octavia_b
Sorry to butt in but I need to say "THANK YOU". I read Carmilla many years ago when I was about 14 but then forgot the name of it and for years and years have been trying to remember what it was so I could read it again. Your comment jogged my memory, I went to Project Gutenberg and it's the book I've been looking for! So, thank you!

Date: 2012-09-28 04:56 am (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Spillow Initiative)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
Gosh! I am tickled plaid to have helped you out!

After you're done rereading Carmilla, I recommend reading Clarimonde.


Gabrielle

Date: 2012-09-27 09:08 pm (UTC)
slaymesoftly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] slaymesoftly
ROFLMAO Has a whole new meaning nowadays, doesn't it? That's wonderful!!!

I've reread Dracula at least twice since my first reading as a kid (of some sort - maybe teenager?) and it holds up quite well, IMHO.

Date: 2012-09-28 04:12 am (UTC)
snowpuppies: (Default)
From: [personal profile] snowpuppies
Wheee! Sam and Dean should definitely come along! (My brain went there, too — Fangirls, FTW!)

Date: 2012-10-01 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spiralleds
That would be a quality cross-over fic. :)

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