Friday, May 22, 2020

Reading "Dracula" According to its Own Timeline

Since it's World Goth Day, I thought I would reveal a current project I am hoping to get through. It should be easy enough and so far so good.

Dracula is definitely one of my favorite novels of all time, but it's been a while since I read it. For a long time I have said that I wanted to read it according to its own timeline. The novel is written in a diary format and takes place chronologically and largely in England and Transylvania within the same year between 3 May and 6 November.

This past May 1st I began reading it. Yes, the first entry is May 3rd, but it begins by recalling what took place on May 1st, so I wanted to live everything according to its timeline. I am hoping to read each entry till November 6th. The last entry I read was May 19th. Another entry wasn't made till May 28th. Then there is one for May 31st, and after that not another till June 17th! But later in the book there is an entry that goes back in time to May 25th from Dr. Seward, so I have to make sure to read that on its day. Daily entries don't really begin till August and September.

Anyway, it's an interesting way of reading Dracula and highly recommended. It's not too late to begin now and catch up. Or you can wait till next year. However, I don't recommend reading it this way unless you have already read it. Reading it the first time, it would literally be torturous to have to take breaks between the passages. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down.

Happy World Goth Day! (well, not too happy)