Stoker—246–Ashes to Ashes, Dust to—

Heather

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  1. Sandy Velda says:

    I’ve just finished listening to Dracula. Thanks so much Heather, I’ve enjoyed it so much. Recently I listened to Gulliver on audiobook but will listen again on Craftlit to hear your prospective. Looking forward to it.

  2. ailikate says:

    It looks like someone already named the book you were looking for, but I recently finished reading another in the same vein (haha). The book is Evil Genes by Barbara Oakley, and also explores the idea that there is a connection between certain properties in the brain and psychopathic behavior.

  3. Brenda says:

    Just a couple of comments, first I completely agree with you on not liking to see children harmed in movies or tv. I hate the crime shows that deal with missing or harmed children-how is this entertaining? Second, about the criminal mind or predisposition, I saw a tv program on one of the main networks-NBC, CBS, or ABC that was a series of reports on the human brain. They talked to a guy who does the brain scanning thing on criminals. It was really interesting, but then the scientist fellow told about how his mother said to him, ” you know, your dad’s family had some murderers in the family tree”. Whoa! So, he investigates, finds he’s related to Lizzy Borden and some other murderers. Immediatly, this guy wants to scan the brains of everyone in his family. He does this and only one has the ‘criminal brain scan’. Him! But, unlike some of his ancestors, he had a great childhood, loving parents, and never had any problems. They kind of summed it up to predisposition plus poor circumstances can lead to a higher chance for criminal behavior. Wish I could remember more of the pertinant details. It was fascinating.

  4. Two comments following listening to this last night…

    The first is how funny it was to listen to this after recently re-watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Dracula is featured (Buffy Vs. Dracula, first ep of Season 5). Dracula is portrayed as being a bit over-the-top, and most other vampires don’t like him because he payed Stoker to write the book to increase his mystique, but now “everyone knows how to kill us,” Spike complains. He’s very much the character from the novel, in a lot of ways, including turning Xander into a “Renfield;” again from Spike, “the Count has to have his luxury estate, and his bug-eaters, and his special dirt.” The reason I mention it relates to the end and how he may have survived; as you mentioned, he might turn to dust/mist in order to survive the staking and not be dead after all. That’s what happens in the episode–after Buffy stakes him, he dusts like most do on the series, but then re-forms from mist. I’m inclined to think he’s really dead, though, because Mina is free of him.

    The other related to your comment on the Dune miniseries… specifically, I remember hearing that the second miniseries (Children of Dune), they intentionally aged up the children so that it wasn’t so rough on them. In the story, Leto II and Ghanima are 9? at most? But in the miniseries, they’re in their late teens. Partly this was done because it was easier to find good actors, but also because they go through a lot, especially Leto, and the directors thought the audience would have an easier time of it with older children.

    I’m not a mother (yet), but I yelled at my book when baby Leto died. I hadn’t known it was coming, because it isn’t in the David Lynch movie. When I read Children of Dune I found it hard to remember that they were so young, so I think it was a good choice for the miniseries.

    • Kat says:

      Heiho, i just wanted to chime into the topic regarding children in literature and movieversions.
      I read game of thrones after watching the first series and i was just glad that they aged up most of the Stark kids, it felt more believeabel to me. Especially since that series is quite dark regarding most of their topics.
      I have read the dune series too, but could not remember the kids ages, only that in those stories destinies were decided fairly early in the character lifes.
      Somehow it is fascinating in “our” culture (i guess i am talking about an european, northamerican culture) to see teenagers go through lifechanging events and saving the world. An idea of being the unlikely hero, maybe also because of posessing a certain innocence being able to become the hero?

      Another thing i remember is reading children- and teenagefiction when i was young, and i loved eg. The mystery series by enid blyton exactly because they all were kids solving those mysteries when the grown ups couldn’t! But then enid blyton never had really graphic Scenes…
      Interesting topic to think about…
      Loved listening to dracula, best, kat

  5. penny says:

    I think you were thinking of The Psychopath Test–A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson