actually i think it’s very funny and correct that the new york times wrote about dracula daily, a substack turned accidental tumblr book club, and tumblr’s reaction to the article is “fuck this pro-count propaganda, where is our friend jonathan?” because to be honest i think if a genuinely mainstream news organization ever managed to accurately convey what the fuck goes on here, that would be the sign of the end times, possibly of human civilization but almost certainly of this being the only social media platform worth using anymore. like, forget it, cops are here, party’s over, go home. in retrospect “new york times reports on tumblr’s favorite novel of 2022 (one of the most famous books in the world, which came out in 1897), tumblr gets mad at them for incorrectly identifying the book’s #1 blorbo” truly feels like the only way this was ever gonna go, and i for one am grateful, because i don’t come to this website for content that is able to be parsed by normal people. that’s not what i’m here to do and it’s certainly not what i’m here to see.
[ID. A gif of Mina Harker flashing a smile, as Dracula’s brides stare at her slack-jawed with pumping heart eyes. Mina wears a black walking suit jacket, dark grey blouse and her hair in a low bun. She has a cruciform burn mark on her forehead and small fangs. END ID.]
Thinking about Mina visibly turning into a vampire, and Jonathan still sharing a bed with her and holding her and kissing her.
He wakes up in the middle of the night to find she’s nuzzled into the crook of his neck, her lips just brushing his throat. His heart seems to stop beating for a moment, and then he simply closes his eyes and strokes her hair. He knows one day, should it come, he will willingly bare his neck to her.
They kiss and her fang catches his lip and he tastes blood. She doesn’t seem to realize it. He knows he’d let her drink all the blood in his body if she asked it, so he only kisses her more deeply.
Another thing that’s super cool about Dracula Daily is that along with how those long stretches of time where we didn’t hear anything served to drive home the length of jonathan’s stay at Castle Dracula, reading these Incredibly Long Emails just serves to drive home how MUCH is happening within the span of a few days. Like, in the last four days we’ve gotten WAY more content than we got for like, the entirety of the summer
Reading the book as a Book, this pacing would have felt pretty normal, but reading it one day at a time shows just how batshit crazy these people’s lives have gotten so quickly. One week ago Arthur literally did not know that vampires EXISTED and today he’s out there actively hunting one to save his new best friend Mina
do you think that now they’re all aware they’re journaling about the same thing, they call dibs on specific parts of the day to relay in their respective diaries OR do they all sometimes write the same thing and Mina decides who wrote it best and gives it the gold star of putting it in the Master Journal
I understand the need to isolate Mina due to her psychic link to Dracula, but i think there should be an alternative of: if Dracula is going to spy on her? Take advantage of that. By having Mina stay alone with van Helsing while van Helsing is elaborating on every single metaphors he’s ever used that are unrelated to vampire hunting.
Defeating the Count by making sure that if he spies on Mina, he would just get the longest, most incomprehensible corn monologue in the world so much so that it just gives him a headache. This is a perfect plan, how to i tell the hunting team that,
Another dramatic upset to close out the First Gauntlet! Here are the results:
[ID. Quincey Morris: 1067 votes (83%) and Abraham Van Helsing: 221 votes (17%). END ID.]
The winner of Round 8 is Quincey Morris!
[ID. An animated gif of Quincey Morris turning his head to smile at the viewer. END ID.]
[ID. A cartoon of Abraham Van Helsing, smiling confidently and gesturing towards Quincey, with a speech bubble overhead with a quote from him, edited to say “Good boy,” said Dr. Van Helsing. “Brave boy. Quincey is Sexyman. God bless him for it.” END ID.]
A man of few words, and fewer adaptations which include him, the gentleman from Texas has claimed victory over the better-known Professor Van Helsing! Is this the start of #QuinceySweep?
Stay tuned for bracket updates coming soon and the start of Second Gauntlet on 10 October.
Van Helsing: I had best go look in on the unhappy couple. They will need strengthening of the spirit, and corn metaphors, in this time of despair.
Van Helsing: Why is Mina on the ceiling?
Jonathan: We wanted to see if she could walk on walls.
Mina: Jonathan, look!
Van Helsing: Harkers, turning into a damned Un-Dead is not a game.
I think Jonathan's unabashed devotion to Mina to the point of explicit blasphemy– that too, in Victorian England– is amazing actually and every Hollywood slop artist who ever tried to adapt this book is a hack that couldn't understand mutual love