October 2, 2009

“Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!”

Posted in Dracula at 1:06 pm by Ms. Davis

Dracula it is! The voting was very close, but Dracula won in the end. Definitely appropriate for the Halloween season! If it’s ok with everyone, we’ll plan on reading Guernsey after this?

For those of you who are worried about the scariness of it, I started listening to it the other day, and it really is not gory (so far, anyway).  Elizabeth Miller, an expert on Dracula, says on the Infinite Summer: Dracula Blog:

“I have a word of advice for the first-time visitor to this unusual novel: leave all your preconceptions and misconceptions outside the castle door. Forget the tacky movies, forget “I vant to suck your blooood” (a line that does not appear in the book), forget the Count on Sesame Street, forget Anne Rice, forget Twilight. And above all, forget Vlad the Impaler!”

So, I encourage you to give the book a try. Just like I tell my students, if you don’t like it, you can always close the book.

And one more thing! Since Dracula is a relatively old novel, it is no longer under copyright. What does that mean for you? If you don’t want to read it in the traditional manner, you could read the book online through Google Books or Project Gutenburg. Also, you can get a free audio version through iTunes – just search for Dracula under podcasts. If you need any help, let me know!   

Can we plan on getting started by next weekend? Leave a comment and let me know!