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Book Recommendation

I'm very happy to report that I'm on another reading kick. I'm about halfway through Dracula by Bram Stoker, which I am thoroughly enjoying. Last night, I headed out to the bookstore and picked some inexpensive copies of a couple of other books that are on my reading list. I haven't decided which one to read next. So, when faced with such a monumental decision, I do the natural thing and turn to on-line friends and strangers to make the decision for me.

Poll #505004 Book Recommendation

Which book should drmellow read next?

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley
"The Picture Of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde

Justify your suggestion in the commnents.


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Jun. 2nd, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've read both. I'd go for Dorian Gray first, because it's an easier read. And I'd recommend reading Paradise Lost (John Milton) before reading Frankenstein, if you've never read it, because it figures largely in the story.

Frankenstein is a frame-tale narrative, and I found that frame to be very annoying -- just like an entire movie shown in flashback.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time since I've read either one, but I do remember thinking that Shelley spent way too much time describing the countryside in Frankenstein. It was a very slow read for me. So go with Wilde.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
I haven't ready either, though they're both on my to-read-eventually list. (as is Dracula, to be honest *grin*) So, I'm just interested in hearing yor thoughts on them all!
Jun. 2nd, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
I read "Dorian Grey" in high school and I just remember it being SO weird, but in a good way. Also, Johnny Depp was recently compared to Dorian Grey, so how can you go wrong with a JOhnny Depp reference?? (I know you aren't Chris, but I thought you might appreciate JD anyway!)
Jun. 2nd, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and yarbiedoll is apparently on a quest to watch all of the Johnny Depp movies, too.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
That's what NetFlix is for, right? The only reason I didn't put John Cusack first is because he's starred in many more movies. there aren't many JD movies I haven't seen, so I should be able to get through those fast.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
I remember being very pleased at how much better than, and different from, all the derivative drivel the original Dracula actually is. I'm voting for Frankenstein on the hope that the same is true for it.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC)
This is exactly why I'm absolutely loving Dracula. I am amazed by how engrossing the book is, with the format being entirely (at least so far, anyway) a collection of journal entries, letters, etc. It really paints the picture in a different way than I'm used to reading a novel, and I really like it.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
I also really like the way Dracula was written.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Dorian Grey is probably my favorite novel. Ever.

I recognize that when you are done reading it this will make you realize what a remarkably twisted individual I am.

But I can handle it.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
I never read the Dorian story. I first heard about him in that League of Cool Guys movie. I read and enjoyed Frankenstein. Perhaps you should read both, then do a post comparing and contrasting the two.
Jun. 2nd, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
I liked Frankenstein. I recommend it partly because of that, and partly because I have not read Dorian Gray. :)
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