Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Can you believe it? I, the girl who never wanted a blog, am now in the process of writing my 200th post. It seems like there should be bells and whistles and maybe a prize for the first commentor - like maybe one of the 1200 copies of Dracula that I seem to have amassed since writing that one paper back in grad school. I'm telling you, tell one person you're doing research on vampire folklore and next thing you know, you're receiving copies of Bram Stoker for every birthday and Christmas for the rest of your life. I had them all weeded out at one time, but the collection has somehow grown again. I swear the book seems to reproduce on its own, siring new copies in an out of the way corner of my bookshelf under the cover of darkness.

It really is a great story, even if the 1992 movie version would have gotten me kicked out of the cheap seats at the Hollywood for laughing too hard, if Jen and MQ hadn't been there to kick me. And really, it's not my fault that Gary Oldman's wig when he is old man Dracula looks like he's wearing some manner of hot crossed buns or cinnamon rolls on his head. That he at one point lets out a mournful cry at one point that clearly was meant to be something else, but sounds like he is yelling "bliiiiiiiiiiintz" at the top of his lungs does exactly not help with the laughter control. As you can see, it really wasn't my fault.

So, anyway, happy 200th post to me!

P.s. In other news, day two of my new health plan went well. No cheating, and I even walked a couple miles with my "gang" tonight. They claim our goal is to eventually work in running. Being a total yes man (yes woman just doesn't sound right), I agreed. Little do they know that the only way I'd run up a hill was if there was ice cream at the top, but we'll jump that hurdle (or at least waddle around it) when we come to it!


Chris said...

Congratulations! Happy Blogday to you. How many words in those 200 posts? I'd work it out for you but I'm a bit busy right now.

The prize for first commenter sounds great, or would do were it not that I'm currently getting rid of all my books, not acquiring more. I've not read it yet but I have Dracula on my Palm hand-held, acquired from the wondrous Project Gutenberg, for free as it's out of copyright.

Chris said...

In your expert opinion (and yours too, Jen), is Buffy vs. Dracula (season 5, episode 1) the definitive portrayal of His Excellent Spookiness, the Master?

It was a story that had to be told. With a script by the goddess Marti Noxon it was always going to be good and it becomes a classic with the casting of Dracula, the visual brilliance and the unrestrained fun that the cast clearly had throughout. It's so good that I can almost overlook the appearance of the appalling Riley.

Martina said...

I'm not sure how many words. I guess it could be interesting to know, but I'm generally more worried about just writing something than how long it is.

As for the Buffy episode: As I recall, the guy who played Dracula wasn't too hard on the eyes. That never hurts. Beyond that, it was really good, but I don't know if I would go as far as saying that it was the definitive portrayal.Off the top of my head, I can't think what it would be. I do have a soft spot for the old b&w Nosferatu movie, but more due to campiness than definitiveness. I've heard people cite Bela Lugosi as the definitive dracula, but I've never seen his version. The closest I've come to watching a Bela Lugosi movie is seeing Martin Landau as Bela in "Ed Wood". I'll have to remedy that one of these days.

Jen said...

My one complaint about the Buffy Dracula was the SWEATER VEST!! SWEATER VEST!!! Dracula shouldn't wear a sweater vest, you know? Otherwise I thought it was a very fun/dark episode. (and actually Riley wasn't bad in it! if not for him, then no "No more chick pit for you" quote to Giles, which I would miss.

What about Frank Langella as Dracula? I believe that's the performance that Angel cites as definitive ;-)