Bram Stoker's Dracula. In real-time. Join up and read along.
How does this work, then? Dracula is an epistolary novel (meaning that it's written as a series of documents; usually letters, here everything from letters to diary entries to newspaper clippings). On this community, they'll be appearing on the day they're dated, starting with Jonathan Harker's first journal entry on the 3rd of May. The novel finishes in November, so we've got about six months.
The only posts appearing in this community will be the instalments of the novel itself (plus an occasional discussion roundup post if it's warranted), so you can read along just by adding it to your friendslist.
Are we discussing it as we go along? Sort of. You won't be able to post (unless you're one of the characters in Dracula, who each have their own lj account), but everyone will be able to comment, and we'll probably get some centralised discussion point set up if enough people seem interested. Feel free to share your thoughts, your theories, your detailed postcolonial reading of Jonathan's narrative or your happy squeeing that the character you like survived. Just don't yell at other people, or you'll be banned and sent to Transylvania.
Of course, you're perfectly free to just read along in silence too. Since we've got around six months, it's a great opportunity for anyone who's always meant to read Dracula and never quite got round to it. (You know you want to.)
Whatever you do, if you've read the book before, please don't spoil it for anyone who hasn't. That means beginning your comment with a spoiler warning if it contains any information about what lies ahead.
So, this is the actual text of the book? It's the entire text of the novel, as published in 1897, but the format here requires a couple of changes: - Here, the documents will be posted in strict chronological order; in the novel, they're sometimes mixed around a little. The entries in the order they appear in the novel. - Bram Stoker didn't use hyperlinks. Here, if someone's diary entry references someone else's telegram, or someone's letter talks about an earlier letter, there'll be a link to that within the post. Hopefully this'll clear up any confusion the first issue creates.
Oh, no! You've already started! Feel free to join and catch up in your own time, if you like. (There are quiet periods during the novel's timespan when there'll be few or no posts at all.)
If you're interested in reading other novels in this format, try:
episodical - community for running novels a chapter at a time, currently running Austen's Mansfield Park
draculadiario - Stoker's Dracula, text and discussion both in Spanish (Drácula) lesliaisons1782 - Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses, text in French, discussion in English (Dangerous Liaisons) lasamistades - Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses, text and discussion both in Spanish (Las Amistades Peligrosas)
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TO MY DEAR FRIEND HOMMY-BEG
How these papers have been placed in sequence will be made manifest in the reading of them. All needless matters have been eliminated, so that a history almost at variance with the possibilites of later-day belief may stand forth as simple fact. There is throughout no statement of past things wherein memory may err, for all the records chosen are exactly contemporary, given from the standpoints and within the range of knowledge of those who made them.