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by prfsnl_gmr Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:54 pm

Paradise Lost is a beautiful work of stunning genius, and it is an incredibly deep and rewarding book. That said, it’s not exactly light reading, and I don’t blame you for giving up on it. It is best experienced a little bit at a time in a classroom setting. Outside of that, I recommend a detailed plot summary, some excerpts of its beautiful language, and a healthy dose of critical analysis. Trying to slog through the language on your own isn’t likely to be as rewarding ( unless you have a PhD in a English literature).

Dracula is a really fun book (despite its underlying, somewhat problematic xenophobia). It’s like late nineteenth century “found footage” horror. I recommend reading the short story Dracula’s Guest before embarking on the novel, if you haven’t started it already. (Also, as Ack noted, Frankenstein is way, way better, and if you haven’t read it already, you should do so.)
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by Markies Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:42 pm

I actually read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein a few years ago. I really liked the book and I thought it held up really well.

The main reason I'm reading this version of Dracula is that I really loved the Francis Ford Coppola film about the book. It's been a long time since I have seen it and I wanted to read the book version.

Every single book that I am reading, I have never read before. I got into reading right after I finished college. It felt nice to be able to choose the books to read instead of being forced to read them. So, I like being able to visit these classics that I have never read and look at them through fresh eyes. Some are still exciting to read to this day!
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Re: Books!

by Ack Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:16 pm

Well, if you want classic genre lit, I recommend checking out The Castle of Otranto, the first gothic horror novel. Published in 1764, author Horace Walpole actually subtitled it A Gothic Story, hence how gothic literature got its name.
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by prfsnl_gmr Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:44 pm

Ack wrote:Well, if you want classic genre lit, I recommend checking out The Castle of Otranto, the first gothic horror novel. Published in 1764, author Horace Walpole actually subtitled it A Gothic Story, hence how gothic literature got its name.


I’m sorry. Castle of Otranto is terrible despite its tremendous influence. Gothic literature is one of those genre’s that started weak and became progressively stronger.
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by Ack Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:43 am

Ah, so I see you've read The Monk by Matthew Lewis then. Another early gothic lit book, half of its chapters are great. And then there's the other half...
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by prfsnl_gmr Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:18 am

Ack wrote:Ah, so I see you've read The Monk by Matthew Lewis then. Another early gothic lit book, half of its chapters are great. And then there's the other half...


I haven’t, actually, but I should. I don’t think the genre really picked up until the 1790s, though, which is when it was published. IMO, Ann Radcliffe’s immensely popular works , along with The Monk, really kicked off the genre.
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