What does “Real-time” mean for Real-Time Dracula?
Tweets are going to be posted on the day and time that correspond (roughly) to the action described. Often there will be some delay for realism (since it’s hard to write while climbing down a castle wall). For instance:
“3 May. Bistritz. Left Munich at 8:35 P. M, on 1st May”
Even though the canonical diary entry is for May 3, the corresponding Tweet will be posted on May 1 at around 8:35 pm. (One can imagine Harker boarding his train and immediately writing down his departure.) Most of the time there is no canonical time associated with the action, so tweets will just generally reflect the time of day (morning, evening, night) since those are rather important in vampire novels.
What time zone are the entries made in?
All entries will be in GMT for consistency.
When is this taking place?
Though the language and attitudes are modernized, the plot and setting stay the same. For those who are curious, the year is 1887, based upon September 22 being referenced as a Thursday, as well as being at least seven years before 1897. (The misrepresentation of Jean-Martin Charcot’s death is but the first historical inconsistency you will find in this rendition.)
You’re a better man than me, sir. I’m sticking with the days of posts.
I, like Stoker, can be a little neurotic about time. I have to reread each entry in the book to figure out the time it’s written and the time the action took place. I nearly flipped out when I realized I couldn’t trust tweetlater.com to post the first tweet at exactly 8:35 pm. Then I realized that it was OK, because Harker himself wouldn’t have written of his departure in his journal until at least a few minutes afterward. And then there was the last-minute changing of all times to GMT from EDT for geographical accuracy. Phew. It’s a lot of work being obsessive compulsive.