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Old 08-29-2020, 01:53 PM   #46
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Dracula (for example) is dry and dull. It's told in letters and journal entries and is not scar at all. The book is dull.
What's interesting about Dracula is that because of the letters it's written in the first person narrative but from multiple people. You don't often find books written in the first person narrative that have multiple characters telling the story.

On the other hand, the bemusing thing about books with letters is that, like Dracula, the letters give blow-by-blow detail of what happened, as if they were taking notes while those things occurred, and recount long conversations in exact word for word detail. It's unlikely that anyone has that kind of memory or would write it down in all that detail. But it's simply a literary device so I suppose we should overlook it.
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Old 09-13-2020, 05:20 AM   #47
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I have always loved Dracula, and find that most people who find it dull, are those who have seen too many film versions,and expect fast action, blood splatter, and extreme shocks. The true horror of the text lies in what is implied rather than what is shown,very often.
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I have always loved Dracula, and find that most people who find it dull, are those who have seen too many film versions,and expect fast action, blood splatter, and extreme shocks. The true horror of the text lies in what is implied rather than what is shown,very often.
I've found that the style of letters/journal entries doesn't work at all. IT makes the book dry and boring. Having to work out what's implied doesn't work. Because the material we have to work with doesn't work well. This is a good idea poorly executed.
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Old 09-15-2020, 05:07 AM   #49
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Each to their own! As I stated, I have always loved the book of Dracula, and the same with the book of Frankenstein. The latter suffered even more than Dracula from film fans expecting the violent rampages from the film(s) plot, and finding the story 'dull' and 'slow moving'. Both books were of course, products of their respective times. And yes, I have read many horror novels/stories,and can see where people are coming from with their opinions;which I respect, without always agreeing with.
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The Queen's Gambit

I think the Netflix series is slightly better then the book.
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I'm a fan of Walter Tevis, but the Netflix version was riveting from start to finish. A great piece of drama.
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I just finished book The Witches of East sick and saw the movie many years ago. Although my memory of the movie is a little fuzzy, I preferred the movie to the book.
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