Monday, May 2, 2016

Re-start time!

In the fall of 2006 I stumbled on a community online which presented Bram Stoker's Novel Dracula in a way I had never considered before; in real-time.

Dracula was written in a form called the epistolary novel, where the prose is presented as a series of documents. These documents are all date stamped, and so Dracula1897 used these stamps to separate out the novel into a sort of serial, making semi-daily* posts following the chronology of the story** spanning the six month period in which the book takes place.

I will be reproducing this experience (in my own way) here over the next six months.

There is an associated Facebook group (to discuss and handle administrative questions) and Twitter feed (a feed of the individual posts) and the RSS of the blog is linked on the right side of the page. 
I am trying to set up a separate Facebook page which has automated links to the posts but that's still a work in progress.

To my dismay I only caught the very tail end of the Dracula1897 run and they have not done it again since. In 2009 Dracula-Feed ran the novel here on Blogger in the same way, but I was not aware of this until well afterwards. I decided that rather than wait for someone else to do this again I would do it myself, but of course came to this conclusion at precisely the wrong time of year as the book starts in May and ends in November so I ran it exactly six months off as Dracula on the Off Season.

I started my first off season run-through in November 2010 and tried for a second off season run in November 2012. 
Ultimately I hated the formatting of the Project Gutenberg text I was working from and never felt happy with the final presentation, so I overhauled the whole thing using a new copy of the text for the third off season run, which is wrapping up within the next week.
There may be occasional non-story Admin. posts from me but I will do all I can to keep them at a minimum. Please feel free to let me know at any time if you have any ideas that you think will help enhance the experience and by all means pass the word along.

The Project Gutenberg copy of Dracula is available here.

* the chronology is not completely regular, some days have no posts, some have multiple.
** the chronology is also not completely linear, a few items are presented out of order according to how they appear in the text. these will be noted by an "out of order" tag

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