Tuesday, November 2, 2010

it's a drag it's a bore it's really such a pity

I reread Dracula for Halloween this year. The last time I read it was in high school, and it was a fun romp and all, but I'm irritated by Bram Stoker. I imagine he was fairly typical of his era and I got pretty tired of the constant surprised statements of how special Mina Harker is because she has a "man's brain," and the men's fear that she would lose her sanity if they discussed the nature of vampires with her . . . you know how hysterical women are. Groan. Then there's the xenophobic Westerner way in which he voiced Van Helsing and described all the minor players. Perhaps I'm seeing bigotry where there was none, or none intended, but he already lost me with his Madonna/whore complex.

Also I read Stiff and The Secret Life of Bees. Stiff was okay. It kept not being as entertaining as I wanted it to be. The Secret Life of Bees was better than I anticipated. I was afraid it was going to be an Oprah's Book Club-type, all full of rape and incest and whatnot, but it wasn't (spoiler!). It did irritate me all over again and made me marvel at the ability of humans to be thoroughly despicable.

Speaking of which: hey, it's Election Day! Good luck.


All8 said...

I feel the same way about the Oprah book club. (ugh)