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Real Time Dracula!

First I found Dracula Feed. It started a few days ago, so you will have a couple of chapters to catch up on, but I've been enjoying it so far. What is it? I'll let the introductory post explain:

Experience Bram Stoker's Dracula in a new way -- in real time. Dracula is an epistolary novel (a novel written as a series of letters or diary entries,) and this blog will publish each diary entry on the day that it was written by the narrator so that the audience may experience the drama as the characters would have. Please subscribe to the RSS feed so that you don't miss any installments!

[Update May 10: I like this Dracula novel feed better. The previous one was missing an entry, and this one has some maps and stuff! So try this one! To get you started: Jonathan Harker's Journal May 3, Harker's path, Harker's meal with photo, May 4, May 5 with leiter-wagon photo, text of a poem referenced in the novel, another map, May 5 continued, May 7, May 8, May 8 continued, May 9, May 9 letter from Mina to Lucy.]

It's surprisingly interesting to read the actual Dracula novel, when I've seen so many different depictions in the popular media already. In the meantime, someone else has been posting a condensed, modernized, Twitter version of Real Time Dracula! For instance, here's the protagonist Jonathan Harker's Twitter page. You can see links to his compatriots in his people he's following section. This version embellishes on the story a bit, and it tries to give modernized voices to the characters. Some examples of the pre-story embellishment:

JHarkerEsq There's a rumor going around the office about a big assignment to Transylvania. Time to do some sucking up.
JHarkerEsq Yes! Old man Hawkins has given me the Dracula account. All expense paid trip through the Continent for about a day's worth of work. Sweet.
MinaHarker2be @JHarkerEsq Bring me back something nice. And don't even think about sampling the local "flavor".
LucyHolmwood2b @MinaHarker2be OMG, Mina ur faince is going 2 Europ that is SO cool. i hope ur not 2 lonely. u shoud def come n visit.

And some of the later tweets that actually correspond to passages in the novel:

JHarkerEsq Terrified landlady forced her gaudy old cruficix round my neck. Still waiting for the damn carriage. So now I'm late AND tacky.
JHarkerEsq What in blazes? Coachman has disappeared and left me alone in the carriage. (must speak to the Count about him) I think I hear wolves...
JHarkerEsq Finally met the Count. Really frail looking guy--deathly pale and cold. Definitely needs some sun. Doubt he'll survive the trip to England.

Here's the Real Time Dracula blog, which posts summaries of the Twitter feeds, for people who don't want to actually bother following all these people on Twitter. I'm not sure how interesting the Twitter version would be on its own, but reading them alongside the original novel puts a fun spin on things!

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