Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Blood Countess Read-Along - Discussion Two (finally!)

I'm afraid I have to admit that the disconnect between the modern story and Elizabeth's part, the historical story, is not really jiving for me. It's funny because Elizabeth is showing early on that she's pretty evil, but I dislike Drake even more than her. I mean, what in the hell was up with him having sex with Eva, who is pretty much in a conscious, but vegetative state? That is rape. Yuck. I knew Drake was a pervert and a degenerate, but that was really too much. The only reason I want to keep reading is because of Elizabeth's story, though I expect that part is only going to get worse as regards to the horrific moments. 

On to Elizabeth. She is obsessed. With her looks, her developing body. She is still not very old, but I know things were much different in those days. Children had to grow up a lot faster than they do in the present day. Women also had so many challenges facing them. This passage from Pastor Ponikenuz's point of view says it all, 
"Women, Ponikenuz knew, had only one-third of a soul, just enough to power their devotion to children. But even this small portion had to be monitored and shaped, or it would degenerate into a lusty swamp that the devil's favorite dwelling place." 
As if. No wonder Elizabeth feels the need to assert her authority in the future, though she certainly could have gone about it in a different way.  

Looking forward to reading more of Elizabeth's story. I'm interested to find out how this story differs from other fictional accounts I have read, or watched in movies. 

What do you think about the reading so far?

Share your thoughts on this section in the comments, or leave a link to a post. We'll be back next week for the next section. If you need the reading schedule, find it here.

I will be out of town next week, so as per the reading schedule, our next discussion will be on (around) October 24. 

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