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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
As a Transylvanian, it's about time I read Dracula, watch the movie(s), and understand this business. You all know Transylvania is a real place; it's time I learned what the fantasy Transylvania is all about.
I am 100 pages from finishing the novel, first published in 1897, watched both the 1931 Bela Lugosi Dracula, as well as Werner Herzog's 1979 Nosferatu remake (the 1922 Nosferatu has long been one of my favourite movies). I also took out four books of Dracula literary criticism out from the library, to nail this bugger in the heart, for once and for all. And here I thought that I was forever converted to zombies.
So while the extraordinary shock that armadillos live in Transylvania subsides, I picked up the Annotated Dracula (edited by Leonard Wold and dedicated to Bela Lugosi) to backtrack through the footnotes. The discoveries, hitherto obscured by a century's linguistic and societal changes, stretch beyond the minor surprises at Dracula's mustachioed face and Lucy's brunette-ness.
Those of you who've yet to read the novel know the drill: spoilers ahead.
Ok, I'm less than 100 pages from finishing now. I like that bit on the ship where Dracula is apparently killing and eating everyone aboard. I was a bit disappointed that more of the action doesn't take place in Transylvania, however. And I don't quite get that Renfield guy. Let's discuss.
i think you meant to insult me (or us?), Anon, but I can't help but sing "She's a Brainiac, Brainiac on the floor. And she's dancing like she's never danced be-fore..." Call it Nerd Pride.
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As for Drackie, I am less than 100 pages too. Too many chores tonight to get near finishing. But I like the boat bit too. And I like the part about Transylvania. Renfield...rather weird, but Matt finds him interesting. Will call you in a few minutes.