Thursday, January 29, 2009

Reading and reading

I'm still reading, too, Ranee'. On top of this book being creepier than what I typically read (adolescent lit), it's been a crazy month. I hope to finish by this weekend though. I just have 100 more pages to go.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Discussion Questions

I'm going to go ahead and post a few questions for those of you who have finished "Dracula." (I'm ashamed to say I haven't made it through it yet, mostly because I refuse to read it before I go to bed because I'm a huge wimp...)

1. Tonya has already brought up that "Dracula" treated women differently than other literature at the time. What do you say to this? How different are the women in "Dracula" portrayed as opposed to other women in literature during this period, specifically compared to how the Baroness wrote Marguerite in "The Scarlett Pimpernel?

2. The book is told using journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings. How does this affect the story? Is it an effective way of telling it or ineffective? Why or why not?

3. Stoker established vampire folklore in fiction, so we have to compare it to other vampire fiction! What is different about Stoker's folklore compared to more recent books? (Twilight is all I'll have to go on, but if any of you have read any other vampire fiction books, please add in those too!)

If anyone else has any other questions they'd like to discuss, please post them!