Posted on October 7, 2011 by Jack Kelly
Tags: readings

I have finished another book. Bram Stoker’s Dracula. This is the work that introduced the term “undead”, which previously only meant “alive”. The narrative is mostly told through the diaries of the characters, along with occasional news clippings.

At this point in time, everyone knows what’s going to happen. Count Dracula is a vampire. Vampires have sharp teeth, nocturnal habits and bite people. Even though I had been “spoilered” by popular culture, I still enjoyed the read. Stoker does a marvellous job maintaining tension through the later parts of the story.

Worth reading? Probably. RPG players may be particularly interested as a study in storytelling-by-diary. As part of a hypothetical campaign, players could find diary entries as they progress, each fragment answering some questions but opening new mysteries.

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