Let’s get all literary pseudo for a moment. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is an epistolary novel. This means it is written in the form of a series of journal entries and letters. So when Doctor Who, Torchwood and Cockneys Vs Zombie writer James Moran decided to update Dracula for the information age, it seemed apt to use the use the modern equivalent of diaries and correspondence to tell the tale: and so Mina Murray’s Journal is a web series told via vlogs, with multiplatform strands and in-character, interactive social media accounts filling out the story as it unfolds.
Proudly being touted as “The first British-produced Vlog literary series based on the classic novel, Dracula” (which makes us wonder if there’s Hungarian- or Mexican–produced Vlog literary series based on the classic novel, Dracula, that beat them to it), is released in September. But you can watch the teaser trailer above.
The series stars YouTuber Liam Dryden, Eddsworld star Matt Hargreaves, stand-up comedian Rosie Holt and actress Kate Soulsby.
While it has some scary moments, there’ll be plenty of self-referential laughs along the way. These characters live in today’s connected world, and are fully aware of fictional vampires but now they’re going to come face to face with a real one.
In a departure from the novel, the story is driven by Mina, a young woman just discovering that real life, work, and bills are a lot scarier than she expected. But all that pales in comparison when she comes across an ancient evil, which will put her and everyone she loves in danger.
Mina is 23, funny, warm, ambitious, but stuck in a boring job that doesn’t challenge her, and not particularly enjoying her current relationship either. Openly and proudly bisexual, she’s happy in her own skin, but has no idea that her housemate Lucy is secretly in love with her. Fiercely loyal, Mina would go through hell to help her friends and family and she’s about to. Because she’s on a collision course with an ancient vampire: Count Dracula…
Producer Elisar Cabrera reveals, “Season one will be online in September, with 15 episodes including a live stream and a finale. And because this is a modernised, vlog adaptation, and fans of writer-director James Moran will know how he likes to invert genre conventions, you may think you know the story but we’ve got plenty of surprises along the way.”
This looks like it could be great fun indeed.