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BONUS BLOG: The mystery of Olalla

“Ollala” by Robert Louis Stevenson was by far the most captivating short story I have ever read, leaving me on the edge of my seat throughout the narrative. As seen in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stevenson has an undeniably powerful way of framing his narratives, leaving the reader completely captivated […] Continue reading

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[Bonus]: Who is Maxon’s Master?

I returned to the story’s title after reading Ambrose Berce’s “Maxon’s Master” for three times. Then I realized that the story never discusses Maxon’s “Master.” The story is only five pages, but I find it surprisingly difficult to summarize. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed reading it. It’s an interestingly constructed story with some very […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] Framing in “War of the Worlds” (2005)

As I was choosing which topic to write my bonus blog on, I thought it would be interesting to watch a movie I’d never seen of a book I’d never read – an unusual combo for someone who can be quite neurotic about the ‘book before movie adaptation’ rule. But the combination of Tom Cruise, […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] A Critique of Poe’s Man vs. Nature in “A Descent into the Maelstrom”

One would think that a short story with a name as intriguing and powerful as “A Descent into the Maelstrom” would be more than just a literal tale of a sailor who got caught in a hurricane. Disappointingly, the plot of this short story is exactly that, and not much else. For 9 out of […] Continue reading

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Audio In Dorian Gray

“Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, vivid and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of a viol […] Continue reading

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Why Van Helsing is an Idiot

Despite claiming to be intellectually superior to Dracula, calling his brain a “man-brain” while labelling the Vampire’s brain as a “child-brain,” there are many instances where Van Helsing’s actions lead to harm that could have been easily prevented. Reading Dracula, Van Helsing’s idiocy frustrates me the most, and unnecessarily complicates many conflicts.             The first […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] The Feminist Distortion

I was excited when I read ‘feminist utopia’ in the description of “Sultana’s Dream” (1905) by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain. Ultimately, though, in that regard I was left wanting. Hossain’s short story is many things, but a feminist utopia is not one of them.  “Sultana’s Dream” follows an Indian woman who finds herself in a world- […] Continue reading

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Was there a real life Dracula?

The past few blogs posted have been about Dracula and Vampires and in this blog I am continuing the subject matter, but I want to bring attention to the history of Dracula. My first encounter with Vampires was with the infamous Twilight Saga, but my first encounter with an adaptation of the character Dracula, that […] Continue reading

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[BONUS] Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a Wonderful, Wild Ride

Spoilers for the plot of Dracula. Duh. Bram Stoker’s Dracula from 1992 is a reasonably faithful adaptation of the original Dracula text, starring Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker, Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder as Mina, and Cary Elwes as Arthur Holmwood. While the star-studded cast certainly does not disappoint, I also wouldn’t call […] Continue reading

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What’s So Human About monsters?

First of all, I feel morally obligated to admit that my first glimpse of Bram Stoker’s infamous monster probably took place on the floor of my living room while I stared at the television as a pale purple and fanged Muppet counted. Yes, I am referring to Sesame Street’s “The Count.” Although this parodied version […] Continue reading

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