We are meeting on Thursday October 6th at Kate's house. Meeting to begin at 7:30 with discussion to start at 8:00.
Menu: Frightfully Good Desserts
Have a dessert that is so good its terrifying? Bring it along to share!
coffe/tea - Kate
Reminder - we will be choosing books for the next while at the October meeting, so if you cannot make the meeting, please pass along your two cents via a friend or a blog comment. :-)
- Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not?
- Did the book surprise you in any way?
- Dracula is considered "gothic romance." What do you think that means? Can you think of any other books that meet that description too?
- What personality traits to you think an author must possess in order to create characters and scenarios such as Stoker did in Dracula?
- Why do you think Stoker wrote the novel as a collection of journal entries, a ship's log, letters and newspaper clippings rather than in a straighforward fashion? What effect does this format have on how the novel reads?
- What is the historical significance of Dracula's many references to Christianity?
- Why did Stoker make Dracula a member of the aristocracy? What if Dracula were just a common man?
- Why do you think Dracula seems to prey only on women?
- What scenic elements add to the eeriness of the novel? Would it be as scary if it were set in modern times?
- What is the significance of Renfield's character?
- Why didn't Jonathan Harker become a vampire even though he was locked in Dracula's castle? Why was he spared?
- Name as many contemporary references to Dracula as you can. Why do you think this book has remained so popular? (It has never been out of print!)