Monday, August 29, 2016

Dracula Vlog

Hello, all! Because I signed up for the Haunted Half Marathon this week and because I typically get excited for holidays way before their seasons, this post is brought to you by my Halloween hype.

I want a Dracula vlog show.

You know, like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

For those of you who haven't seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I recommend watching. It's a fun modernized retelling of Pride and Prejudice using modern technology. Here's the first episode, for your viewing pleasure:

Anyway, this show, as well as a few other vlog-type series based on classic literature exist. There's also an Emma show, a Little Women one, and a Frankenstein one. However, I think the best, most exciting option has been sadly ignored.


Think about it. Yes, vampires are out of style now. But I like the story. Dracula is quite possibly my favorite classic work of horror (I like the characters). It's one that is still well-understood by modern audiences.

But that's not why I want it as a vlog show. No, that has to do with Dracula's interesting structure.

Dracula is a story told through a variety of media: journals kept on both paper and wax cylinder recordings, a doctor's notes on a patient, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. See what I'm getting at here?

Can you imagine what a web-based show could do with this? We could have a show that isn't just a web diary. We could have a show that uses the characters' web diaries, video notes, surveillance footage, news reports, Skype calls, etc. Imagine. One episode might be Jonathan Harker's electronic journal as he stays in Dracula's castle. Another could be a video interview between Dr. Seward and Renfield. We could have a news report on the Demeter showing up full of dead men. We could have surveillance of Dracula coming to Lucy and Mina. We could have more than one of these in one episode!

The possibilities are exciting, and as far as I can tell, no one has done it. (If you can prove me wrong, PLEASE DO! I want this.)

Do I have the means to make this myself? Sadly, no. I think it could be done really well, and I wouldn't ruin it with my lame amateur efforts. I hope someone capable might take this assignment on, because hey, wouldn't it be cool?

If anyone out there knows someone I can talk to about making this happen, let me know.

In other news, I just joined the Swanky Seventeens, a group of novelists who are debuting in 2017. Here's their page: Swanky Seventeens. They're a bunch of great, talented people, and I look forward to learning more about them and their books as we all get closer to publishing!

I'm also attending Salt Lake Comic Con this weekend! Expect a report next week, and I hope to see you there if you're also attending.

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