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I got my copy. I will be making the effort! Just finishing up one of the two I am currently on. I don't do well reading more than two at a time!
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I'm going to watch the movie this weekend too. ;-)
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Which?
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I will see how I go. It may be too terrifying for me. As I mentioned in the thread suggesting Dracula, I was terrified of vampires as a boy. Reading Dracula scared me witless, and then watching Blacula led me to sleep with the lights on for ages.

What really interests me is the psychoanalytic dimension of this book. Why do vampires have such a popular hold on the imagination? What other activities in our society are like blood sucking undead monsters?
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Mr. Pessimistic wrote:Which?
If you are thinking of watching the movie, check this list.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_v ... cula_films
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I am always fascinated by people who actually get scared of these types of things. I mean, I am scared of bat's, spiders, death and other things, but stories like this (obvious fiction and myth) rarely, or ever, get me scared.
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I read Dracula when I was eleven, so I am not sure what the effect would be of reading it now.

On a broader point, horror and violence as movie genres actually quite repel me. Similarly with reading, I find it offensive when I am confronted with a gratuitously gross image of violence, as it gets stuck in my brain in a highly unwelcome way. I think there is a problem of these genres generating physical tolerance among addicts, rather like hard drugs, delivering an emotional hit as pure entertainment with negative moral or instructional content.

If a person never drinks alcohol, they will strongly notice the effect of a tiny amount, whereas a person who drinks a lot will not feel any effect from a small drink. It is the same with horror and violence. A person who deliberately never exposes themselves to the titillation and emotional shock produced by these movies is far more sensitive than a person who has coarsened their perceptions by repeated exposure to strong images. The addict requires ever stronger doses, at a level that is psychologically dangerous for a person who has not built up the same physical tolerance.
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Robert Tulip wrote: If a person never drinks alcohol, they will strongly notice the effect of a tiny amount, whereas a person who drinks a lot will not feel any effect from a small drink. It is the same with horror and violence. A person who deliberately never exposes themselves to the titillation and emotional shock produced by these movies is far more sensitive than a person who has coarsened their perceptions by repeated exposure to strong images. The addict requires ever stronger doses, at a level that is psychologically dangerous for a person who has not built up the same physical tolerance.
Addiction (and forced addiction for that matter) seems to rule our modern life. Social media is the true horror and violence.

I do not watch the gory horror movies nor the gratuitous violence because...that is all it really is to me and I don't want that in my life. If there is a story involved and the violence is necessary, I can get into it. I rarely read fiction, so I tend to avoid these genres there as well.

Give me a well crafted psych-horror story though and I'm in. Something you have to really think about and pay attention to. I am going to assume Dracula fits this mould, so I am hoping to enjoy it. Although I also never got into the vampire stuff either.
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I admit after checking the table of contents, the idea of reading various diaries and letters did not seem very appealing. However now that I've read the first chapter in the twilight moving into the dark (same time of day as the narrative) while enjoying a cigar and a fine IPA, I think this is going to be a great time.
Mr. Tulip wrote:I read Dracula when I was eleven, so I am not sure what the effect would be of reading it now.
I worked up the courage to re-read a book that was my favorite from freshman college English 47 years later. Turns out my life experiences have changed enough that so far I hate that book, but we'll see how it ends. I hope your experience is the opposite.

:btw: You should not read any books in this genre by Anne Rice. I listened to Blood Communion while commuting and thought is was horrifying / thrilling, but you again should avoid that until you survive this book. 8)
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