This is a new project I am working on that launches tomorrow (1st May).
Have you ever read the original Bram Stoker novel that introduced the world to Count Dracula – and if not, would you be surprised to learn that it is not a conventional narrative, but a collection of diary entries, along with some newspaper cuttings and letters – that then add up to create a record of events that took place over six months one Victorian year?
If you’ve never read the book, and your knowledge of Dracula and Vampires comes from the moving picture box, then you will be in for a surprise.
I was also surprised when I first read it a good many years ago – and at the time had a “what if” thought, and wondered if it would be possible to broadcast a TV series of the novel, with each broadcast going out on the evening of the events as per the original diaries?
At the time BBC2 and Ch4 were being fairly adventerous with their broadcasting – one had an Opera shown at exactly the same time of day as per each scene – but I was but a young naive person and didn’t get very far in getting any interest in the idea.
But it has lingered in the back of my mind ever since, and a few years ago along came Twitter and the idea cropped up again.
Last year I missed the deadline due to other events – but this year I am just squeezing in before the first entry in the diary.
Technically, the diary starts on the 3rd May, but it talks about events from the 1st May, so that is where I shall start.
So, if you use Twitter, and fancy clogging up your time-line with some tweets from the main characters as they battle Count Dracula and his attempts to move to London – then go over to the Dracula Tweets website to grab the Twitter accounts.
The adventure starts tomorrow.