Frankenstein Vs Dracula: Battle of the Books

Thanks to all those who attended the Monsters We Deserve: Dracula Vs Frankenstein events with myself and Marcus Sedgwick at Edinburgh International Book Festival  and at Conway Hall in London.

Frankenstein won both rounds but Marcus and I drew 1-1 in the battle. Both books are wonderful of course but only one of them was life-changing for me – Dracula

There was a lively interview beforehand in The Skinny and coverage in The Edinburgh News and The Edinburgh Reporter.

If you missed the debates you can see all the images and comments in these two Twitter ‘Moments’:

Dracula V Frankenstein Round 1 Edinburgh International Book Festival, 26th August

Dracula V Frankenstein Round 2 Conway Hall, London, 4th September 

A large wolf was spotted on the loose in Cardiff later on Tuesday evening. It  must have been Dracula in wolf form out for revenge….and who can blame him. OGOM will have news of a very special vampire event in April – all will be revealed shortly.

Thanks to the publishing team at Head of Zeus, Kaja for her live tweeting and of course Marcus and everyone who contributed.  The book is out now!

Do monsters always stay in the book where they were born? Are they content to live out their lives on paper, and never step foot into the real world?

Published in 1818, Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the most influential tales of all time. Two hundred years later, in a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on that creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts.

People make monsters, but who really creates who in the end?

 

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire
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2 Responses to Frankenstein Vs Dracula: Battle of the Books

  1. Daryl says:

    Very nice, indeed! Lots of fun, too in considering the question and comparison. I’m not surprised at the results since Frankenstein has a great deal more of the “gross out” factor moving through the story. And we delve into the monstrous elements of ourselves, but that “which came first?” question still permeates. Thank you for all that you do with Open Graves, Open Minds. It’s a treat to see heavy study on these subjects.

  2. Thank you for your kind words and for continuing to follow OGOM. We have some interesting things planned for 2019 so watch this space!!

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