Another thing I forgot…

Published November 3, 2019 by Iphis of Scyros

I also forgot, in talking about my Halloween reading, to talk about the edition of Dracula itself, ’cause I was so busy talking about the actual text.

As is to be expected in a book with multiple illustrations, some of them were better than others.  Or at least more to my tastes.  It’s hard to know what’s subjective and what’s objective in something like this.  Whichever is the case, I preferred the illustrations with only landscapes and animals to the ones with people in them.  But none of them were actually bad, so that doesn’t matter much.

More significantly — and definitely with more impact on its readability as a copy of a novel which exists in a squadillion editions — there were a few places where the layout was off.  Whenever it switched from one document source to another, there’d be a blank line, then an italicized title of the next document, and another blank line before the text would continue.  So it might look something like this (if the text was nonsensical gibberish):

After the train came in to the station, we hurried homewards before the unicorns could divebomb the pelican cruisers.

Diana the Turgid’s Diary

May 35th. Dearest diary, I don’t know whatever I shall do!  The forum arrived today, and it’s entirely the wrong size!

(You know, I think I’m going to keep “Diana the Turgid.”  I’m sure I can find a character to go along with that name/epithet…)  Sometimes, however, the first blank line and the italics were missing, so it would look like this:

After the train came in to the station, we hurried homewards before the unicorns could divebomb the pelican cruisers.
Diana the Turgid’s Diary

May 35th.  Dearest diary, I don’t know whatever I shall do!  The forum arrived today, and it’s entirely the wrong size!

It didn’t obstruct the sense of the thing (if you read the words “Dr. Seward’s Diary” or “Mina Harker’s Journal” or whatever, you know what you’re looking at regardless of whether it’s italicized) but it did look bad whenever it happened.  I’d say it happened maybe…five or six times?  Maybe a bit more than that?  Just enough times to really be aware of “hey, this is happening” but not enough to feel like “argh, why didn’t they edit this?”

Also, somewhat amusingly, it turned out that after the novel was over there were two more things.  First, there was a bit of an afterward by someone whose last name is Irving but who apparently is not descended from the famous Victorian actor Henry Irving, for/with whom Bram Stoker worked for many years.  I thought that was kind of odd, somehow.

And after that…was “Dracula’s Guest,” the same short story I had just bought in a separate edition for about the same price as this whole copy of Dracula.  *cough*  I didn’t bother reading it a second time.  (Well, third time, technically, since I’d read it before.)

Current tally:

Today’s words:  2,179

Total this month to date:  5,995  (Ooh, a palindrome!)

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