MINA MUR­RAY’S JOUR­NAL Blog For Drac­ula

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Writer/di­rec­tor James Mo­ran

“It’s as if they had the in­ter­net in Vic­to­rian times,” laughs would-be vlog­ger Mina Mur­ray (Rosie Holt), when she no­tices the app she’s us­ing is anachro­nis­ti­cally named We­bJour­nal. Re­ally, what she’s do­ing is clu­ing us into the premise of Mina Mur­ray’s Jour­nal. This 15-part web se­ries is an adap­ta­tion of Bram Stoker’s Drac­ula, but in­stead of writ­ing let­ters and record­ing their thoughts on wax cylin­ders, the char­ac­ters turn to YouTube.

Doc­tor Who/Torch­wood scribe James Mo­ran makes sev­eral smart up­dates to the novel, shuf­fling char­ac­ters around so that it’s of­fice ju­nior Mina who trav­els to Ro­ma­nia to meet the mys­te­ri­ous Count, while back home John (Liam Dry­den) starts sleep­walk­ing. But don’t worry – the vam­pires are still def­i­nitely vam­pires, with trans­mo­gri­fi­ca­tion pow­ers very much in­tact. No blood gets spilled on cam­era, but even so, sev­eral episodes will raise goose­bumps.

Creepy and clever, it has an ir­re­sistibly like­able cast and an ad­mirable com­mit­ment to the we­b­cam con­ceit. This sea­son cov­ers roughly the first 10 chap­ters of Stoker’s novel, and ends on a cliffhanger that’ll make you wanna dig out the book to pass the time un­til sea­son two. Sarah Dobbs

Sev­eral char­ac­ters from the se­ries also tweet, blog, and use In­sta­gram – see www.mi­nasjour­nal.com for links.

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