Reader poll write-up | Horror of Dracula (scary movie edition 2018)

As per the winning entry in the most recent reader poll, this week I am analyzing Horror of Dracula (1958)!

Horror of Dracula, the first in the series of Hammer horror films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, was a critical and commercial success when it was first released in 1958 — and it has remained a go-to classic ever since. The film was directed by Terence Fisher and clocks in at a brisk 82 minutes long.

Horror of Dracula Official Trailer #1 – Christopher Lee Movie (1958) HD” video uploaded by Movieclips Classic Trailers, Standard YouTube license

This film adaptation differs in several ways from Bram Stoker’s original and groundbreaking source novel. I will not take time out here to enumerate those differences; for a list of them, visit the film’s IMDb.com trivia page. The broad strokes of the main storyline remain relatively intact, however, so I will also not go into detail about the plot. I am also assuming that the reader is familiar with the basic storyline of Dracula and characters like Harker, Lucy, Van Helsing, and Arthur Holmwood.

***SPOILER ALERTS THROUGHOUT***

Meet Jonathan Harker, librarian?

John Van Eyssen, a South African actor who later became a literary agent-turned-movie producer, plays Jonathan Harker. Although he only earned seventh billing in the film’s credits, he essentially opens the film, narrating from his diary upon arrival at Count Dracula’s castle in Klausenburg. (Note that the entire film takes place in Germany.)

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The diary of Jonathan Harker

His first words:

The Diary of Jonathan Harker. The 3rd of May, 1885. At last, my long journey is drawing to its close. What the eventual end, I cannot foresee. But whatever may happen, I may rest secure that I have done all in my power to achieve success. […] I deemed myself lucky to have secured this post and did not intend to falter in my purpose.

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First glimpse of Jonathan Harker, who poses as a librarian in this Dracula adaptation

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Count Dracula’s castle in ‘Horror of Dracula’ (1958)

Right away, it’s clear that Harker is on a mission.

While Harker eats dinner in the castle and waits for Dracula, he takes out a couple of books from his case. The slim volume with the red cover is Harker’s diary — we will see that volume several times throughout the film. In fact, that diary is so important and onscreen so frequently it’s kind of a wonder the film wasn’t retitled The Diary of Jonathan Harker!

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My self, my diary

A beautiful but mysterious woman enters the room. Harker hastens to introduce himself.

My name’s Jonathan Harker. I’m the new librarian.

This is the first mention of Harker being a librarian. And tellingly, the word “new” in that introduction indicates there has been a prior librarian. This thread is never followed, but it’s an interesting idea to think about. (The fan fiction practically writes itself, right?! “To all the librarians I’ve loved and lost, XOXO Dracula” ♥ )

His next words are also interesting:

How can I help you?

What I found intriguing about this line is that this is TOTALLY what a (real) librarian *would* say, but Harker says this line in a completely different context than how a librarian would mean it while at, say, a reference desk. Harker says this in response to the lady’s distress, who is insistent that she is being kept in the castle against her will.

She runs away, and then we get our first glimpse of Christopher Lee’s iconic portrayal of Dracula, as he pauses for full dramatic effect at the top of the stairs. (My husband mused at this point, “Why did capes EVER go out of style?!” 😉 )

Dracula and Harker then “meet cute,” and Harker puts away his diary.

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Count Dracula, Jonathan Harker, and the all-important diary

These next exchanges between Dracula and Harker constitute the bulk of the context of Harker’s position as the librarian.

They continue talking as Dracula shows him up the stairs to his room, when Dracula references his private library collection.

HarkerHow soon may I start work, sir?

DraculaAs soon as you wish. There are a very large number of volumes to be indexed.

When they get into his room, Dracula reveals Harker’s qualifications to be engaged as his private librarian.

DraculaI consider myself fortunate to have found such a distinguished scholar to act as my librarian.

HarkerI like quiet and seclusion. This house, I think, offers that.

DraculaThen we are both satisfied. An admirable arrangement.

Dracula then leaves. But after Harker unpacks a few things, Dracula comes back into the room and gives him a key.

Dracula:  As I shall be away so long, I think it’s better that you have a key to the library, Mr. Harker. You will find the library to the left of the hall.

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The key to the library!

Dracula then leaves for the night, and he utters the last words we will hear him speak onscreen, “Sleep well, Mr. Harker.” (Dracula only speaks 13 lines in the entire film, all to Harker!)

Harker then sits down to write in his diary, and he reveals to the audience the specifics of his mission — and his subterfuge!

At last, I have met Count Dracula. He accepts me as a man who has agreed to work among his books, as I intended. It only remains for me now to await the daylight hours, when with God’s help, I will forever end this man’s reign of terror.

Ending at less than 15 minutes, this is quite an efficient opening sequence.

First fight in the castle library

Harker dozes off in a chair by the fire and awakes when he hears his door knob start to turn. He goes downstairs and into the library, the room opposite the main dining hall. It’s our first peek at the library, and considering what we had heard Dracula say before (“There are a very large number of volumes to be indexed“), the first impression is… underwhelming. There look to be only a few rows of bookshelves along the back wall. I think the fireplace in this set may be larger than Dracula’s private library!

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

First glimpse of Dracula’s private library

As Harker enters the room, he is startled to find the mysterious woman behind him.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

I don’t think she’s there to help index the books

Once again, she pleads with him to help her escape Dracula… and of course she turns out to be a vampire! (The three brides of Dracula in the novel are condensed into this sole role.) After she bites his neck, Harker pushes her away as Dracula rushes in through a door in the middle of the bookshelves. Harker attempts to stop Dracula from hurting the woman, but Dracula pushes him away and then grabs his bride and takes her through the door in the library.

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Fight in the library!

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Harker and Dracula duel in the library

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There’s a shortcut tunnel in and out of the library!

Lights out

Harker then wakes up on his bed, still fully clothed, and realizes that he has been bit. He takes out his diary again and writes:

I have become a victim of Dracula and a woman in his power. It may be that I am doomed to be one of them; if that is so, I can only pray that whoever finds my body will possess the knowledge to do what is necessary, to release my soul. I have lost a day. Soon it will be dark. While my senses are still my own, I must do what I set out to do. I must find the resting place of Dracula and there, end his existence forever.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

Dear diary

He then hides his diary in a boulder outside the house. This detail will be important later!

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Hiding the diary before he looks for Dracula’s lair

Harker then discovers a door to an underground lair, where he finds caskets for both Dracula and his bride. He has a wooden stake and hammer, yet his instincts are not as sharp as his stake. Instead of fulfilling his stated mission — “I will forever end this man’s reign of terror” — he starts by staking the woman.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

Dracula’s lair

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Stake and shake

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Uh-oh!

Dracula wakes up, and OF COURSE night then falls, right on cue. Harker’s brain starts to work again, as he realizes the mistake he’s made when he finds Dracula’s casket empty. But it’s too late, and it’s (literally) lights out for Harker.

And I know what y’all must be thinking right now… will Dracula’s books NEVER get indexed now?! 😉

The diary of Jonathan Harker

But never fear, at least ONE book doesn’t get forgotten — Harker’s diary!

The next scene takes us into the village, where Dr. Van Helsing, played by top-billed Peter Cushing, enters a local inn. Van Helsing starts immediately asking questions about his friend, but the innkeeper is reticent to tell him any information. Inga, the innkeeper’s daughter, lets slip, however, that she remembers Harker and a letter he had her post.

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Do you remember this letter?

The innkeeper and Van Helsing continue talking, and Van Helsing reveals more information about why and how he and Harker were working together.

InnkeeperLook, sir, you’re a stranger here in Klausenburg. Some things are best left alone, such as interfering in things which are beyond our powers.

Van HelsingPlease don’t misunderstand me. This is more than a superstition, I know. The danger is very real. If the investigation that Mr. Harker and I are engaged upon is successful, then not only you, but the whole world will benefit. 

The innkeeper’s daughter then comes back to serve Van Helsing dinner, with a little extra on the side.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

Have you seen this diary?

IngaThis was found at the crossroads near that place. He told me to burn it. But your friend was such a nice gentleman, I couldn’t.

This then leads Van Helsing to Dracula’s castle, where he finds the underground lair… and his friend, Harker.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

Librarian turned vampire?

As a distraught Van Helsing takes up the stake and hammer Harker had left on the floor, the camera fades.

The next scene reveals Van Helsing informing Arthur Holmwood and his wife, Mina, about Harker’s death. In this film, Arthur is the brother of Lucy, Harker’s fiancée. In this short scene, when learn that Arthur is suspicious of Harker’s death; that Harker died 10 days ago; that Harker was cremated (“As his friend and colleague, he told me some time ago that he would wish it“); that Arthur and his wife will tell Lucy the news; and that Lucy is ill. This film is certainly efficient in its storytelling, isn’t it?!

Thirty-five minutes into the film, Van Helsing reviews Harker’s diary while a recording plays on a gramophone. The recording is Van Helsing’s own voice, detailing the dangers and signs of vampires. Again, a clever way to include a lot of expository details in a short amount of time!

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Reviewing Harker’s diary

Van Helsing then starts recording himself, likening vampirism to drug addiction. He also invokes the death of Harker as further reasons to kill Dracula:

Since the death of Jonathan Harker, Count Dracula, the propagator of this unspeakable evil, has disappeared. He must be found and destroyed.

So although Harker is no longer physically part of the film, he and his diary remain central to the film and propel the plot forward. This time, it’s personal!

The last mention of Harker’s diary occurs at 47 minutes into the film, when Arthur is upset at Van Helsing and blames him for (SPOILER!) Lucy’s death. Van Helsing gives Jonathan’s diary to Arthur, stating:

I cannot expect you to believe me, but you will I know believe Jonathan. Here are his last words, his diary. When you have read it, you will understand.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

The diary holds the key

Final fight in the castle library

The final scene and showdown between Van Helsing and Dracula occurs five minutes before the end of the film.

As Van Helsing follows Dracula to this castle, they meet up in the library — where else?! — and Van Helsing spies sunlight peeking in through the heavy curtains at one end of a large table scattered with piles of books. Van Helsing dashes across the table and throws upon the curtains. Van Helsing leaps back upon the table — scattering books in his wake, and the librarian in me could not help but exclaim, “Don’t take it out on the books!” — and grabs candlesticks to form a cross and force Dracula into the sunlight. Dracula then starts crumbling to ash in the sunlight.

Screenshot from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

Final showdown in the library — don’t take it out on the books!

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Aftermath in the library

Why a librarian?

Harker is clearly posing as a librarian, as the line in the opening sequence that Dracula “accepts [Harker] as a man who has agreed to work among his books, as [Harker] intended” reveals. However, it does stand to reason that Harker is a scholar of some merit. It would be too easy to check otherwise, especially as the action takes place in such a limited geographic area. And Van Helsing is a scientist, so it is plausible that he and Harker met because of common scientific, or psychiatric, interests.

The idea that Jonathan is a scholar does, theoretically, provide some kind of plausibility about him being able to pass himself off as a librarian — or rather a freelance kind of indexer or cataloger — for Count Dracula’s private library.

I also wonder if the screenwriter, Jimmy Sangster, chose “librarian” for Harker’s reason for being at Dracula’s castle (rather than as a solicitor arranging real estate transactions for Dracula, as in the source novel) as a way for Harker to throw Dracula off the scent; i.e. that posing as a librarian would not arouse suspicion in Dracula, as librarians are generally (and stereotypically) mild-mannered. Of course, that reasoning only works when Harker goes in knowing about Dracula to begin with, as is obvious from the beginning narration of this film.

Ultimately, although Harker has quite a significant role in this film, his attempts at being a reel librarian really only amount to that of being an Information Provider. He is there to provide context for thwarting Dracula, and his diary provides clues along the way for Van Helsing, as well as for the audience.

Final tidbits

Although we don’t really learn much about Harker on a personal level, I was greatly amused by the variety of facial expressions John Van Eyssen packed into his supporting role.

Behold:

The many faces of Jonathan Harker from 'Horror of Dracula' (1958)

The many faces of Jonathan Harker

Although Harker’s change of occupation did not get mentioned on the VHS copy I have of this film, I was amused to discover that the first library scene DID make the side cover!

Reel Librarians | Horror of Dracula VHS cover collage

VHS cover of ‘Horror of Dracula’ (1958)

Past classification struggles

I first saw this film years ago — clearly, when VHS tapes were commonplace! — and I have to admit, that I have found it difficult to classify this film, according to my usual “Reel Substance” categories.

I first classified this film under the Class V category, films in which there are no actual librarians, because Harker is posing as a librarian in this film. But that never felt quite right, so I eventually decided to reclassify the film under the Class I category, because the fact that he’s posing as a librarian serves as the catalyst for the rest of the film’s plot as well as Van Helsing’s (re)commitment to destroying Dracula.

What are your thoughts on this? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your thoughts on this or other aspects of Horror of Dracula.

And thanks to everyone who voted for Horror of Dracula! It was fun to revisit this horror classic.

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Past reader poll winners

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Reader poll winner | Scary movie edition 2018

The votes for the most recent reader poll are in… and the winner is 1958’s Horror of Dracula! Each film made a strong showing in the poll, which pleased me. 🙂

Fall 2018 reader poll results

So I will be watching and analyzing Horror of Dracula this week, and next Wednesday, I will be back with a film analysis post — stay tuned!

Horror of Dracula Official Trailer #1 – Christopher Lee Movie (1958) HD” video uploaded by Movieclips Classic Trailers, Standard YouTube license

Past reader poll winners

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Reader poll | Choose your next adventure (scary movie edition 2018)

If you’re a regular reader — as always, thank you! — then you know that I highlight scary movies every October. You’ll also know that every few months, I do a reader poll, when I ask readers to vote for the next film for me to analyze. This year, I’m combining both traditions again!

I’ve pulled together the following four scary movies, arranged alphabetically by title, and the poll is at the bottom of this post.


A Haunting at the Hoyt Library (2015)


A Haunting at the Hoyt ” World Wide Premiere! – Trailer #1” video uploaded by Haunted Saginaw, Standard YouTube license

This one’s a bit different from my usual round of choices, as it’s a documentary! Here’s the write-up from Amazon Prime:

For years, the Hoyt Library in Saginaw, Michigan, has made headlines as one of the most haunted locations in the entire Midwest. Finally, a documentary film crew was granted access to investigate the numerous claims of paranormal activity.

I don’t know if there are any *real* librarians featured or interviewed in this documentary, but it would be interesting to learn more about the hauntings at this public library!

I have access to watch a streaming version of this film via Amazon Prime.


Horror of Dracula (1958)


Horror of Dracula Official Trailer #1 – Christopher Lee Movie (1958) HD” video uploaded by Movieclips Classic Trailers, Standard YouTube license

Jonathan Harker (John Van Eyssen) poses as a librarian to catalog Count Dracula’s rare book collection—for an opportunity to kill Dracula (played by Christopher Lee). Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) battles Dracula in the castle’s library. A classic horror movie!

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Personals (TV, 1990)


Personals/City Killer promos & USA Network ID, 1989” video uploaded by Chuck D’s All-New Classic TV Clubhouse, Standard YouTube license

In this TV movie, Jennifer O’Neill plays a librarian who finds men through newspaper personal ads and kills them on the first date. A meek librarian by day, a killer by night!

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)


Movie Trailer – 1983 – Something Wicked This Way Comes” video uploaded by C64b, Standard YouTube license

Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his circus come to a small town and begin granting sinister wishes to the townsfolk. A boy (Vidal Peterson) and his father (Jason Robards), the town librarian, figure out what’s going on and challenge Mr. Dark. Based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.

I have a copy of this film in my personal library.


Now is the time to choose your next adventure, scary movie edition! What should I watch next? You decide!

The poll will stay open through this week, and I will reveal the winner on next Wednesday’s post. I will then analyze the winning film in a post the following Wednesday after that.

Browse through all my posts tagged “reader poll” if you’re interested in past reader polls.

Librarians save the day!

I recently came across this old Huffington Post piece entitled, “Librarians Save The Day! 11 Great Movies In Which They Star.”

Huffington Post article screenshot

Although the piece is from 2010 (!), I still thought it appropriate to highlight during Banned Books Week, an annual event that spotlights librarians’ and readers’ efforts to fight censorship and book-banning. This year, Banned Books Week takes place Sept. 23-29, with the theme of “Speak Out!”

Here are the 11 movies Huffington Post included in its post, full of reel librarians who did speak out and save the day! I’ve also included links to prior posts I’ve written on this blog about each film.


1. The Music Man (1962)


Marian the Librarian (Shirley Jones) foils the plans of conman Harold Hill (Robert Preston) when she asks the school board about his background and credentials.

I’ve written before about here in this “Marian or Marion?” posthere in this “Marian and Ms. Jones” post, and included it in the updated “Best Picture nominees featuring librarians” post.

03_Marian The Librarian,” uploaded by Night Owl TV, Standard YouTube license


2. The Mummy (1999)


Evie Carnahan literally saves EVERYONE in this action adventure film, while also demonstrating pride of her librarian/archivist/Egyptologist roots in the famous drunken “I am a librarian!” scene.

I’ve analyzed the film and Evie’s heroic role here in this “Revisiting the reel librarian hero in 1999’s ‘The Mummy'” post.

The Mummy library scene – Rachel Weisz,” uploaded by Veronique Laurent, Standard YouTube license


3. Party Girl (1995)


Parker Posey stars as a party girl who redeems herself — and finds her true purpose in life! — by working at a library for her “librarian godmother” who bailed her out of jail.

I’ve highlighted Party Girl’s style here in this “Stylish female reel librarians” post and highlighted the call number musical scene here in this “Musical numbers for the library-minded” round-up post.

Librarian Lays Down the Law,” uploaded by evilkingdedede, Standard YouTube license


4. National Treasure (2004)


The Huffington Post gallery highlights how Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) “[s]eeking a treasure the founding fathers buried, he enlists the help of Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), the curator of the National Archives.” That’s DR. CHASE, thank you very much!

Although Dr. Chase is a reel archivist, and not technically a reel librarian, I do applaud the inclusion of this character on this list. She is a total badass! And I recently explored Dr. Chase’s role in two recent posts, here in the “Get out your white gloves and lemon juice! Reel archivist in ‘National Treasure'” post and here in the “A reel archivist returns in ‘National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets’” post.

National Treasure,” uploaded by YouTube Movies, Standard YouTube license


5. Desk Set (1957)


Huffington Post gets it wrong when they state, “When Spencer Tracey becomes the new supervisor, the librarians get angry and the sparks start to fly.” Tracey does NOT become the new library supervisor; rather, he is an efficiency expert tasked to evaluate a TV network’s research library. Katharine Hepburns plays the head librarian in this film — which is one of my personal favorites!

I have written about this film several times on this Reel Librarians blog, including:

Desk Set 1957 math quiz,” uploaded by Antoinette Marchese Powell, Standard YouTube license


6. Foul Play (1978)


Another one of my favorite reel librarian leads! Goldie Hawn plays the lead role, a librarian, who unwittingly finds herself mixed up in a deadly murder plot, and teams up with Chevy Chase in this comic action-mystery film. She shows real spunkiness and creativity to get herself out of scrapes!

I included this film in my “Best librarian films by decade, Part II: 1960s-2000s” post and in my “Hall of Fame” list.

Goldie Hawn e William Frankfather – Foul Play (1978),” uploaded by Felipe Nobrega, Standard YouTube license


7. Storm Center (1956)


Bette Davis stars in this film as small-town librarian Alicia Hull, who refuses to remove a controversial book from the library and stands up to censorship. This film is loosely based on events that happened to real-life librarian Ruth Brown, who was the public librarian at the Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Public Library, for over 30 years.

I included Storm Center in my “Reel librarian in political-themed films” round-up.

Let’s celebrate both the reel AND real librarian heroes who stand up to and speak out about censorship!

Storm Center (1956) – Just one book,” uploaded by 1956clips, Standard YouTube license


8. Miranda (2002)


A male reel librarian hero! This film stars John Simm whose library is being torn down. When a mysterious woman, played by Christina Ricci, comes into the library, he becomes romantically involved with her — and tracks her down when she goes missing.

I analyzed this film here in this “Special double feature: Miranda and the bibliothecaire” post, which also featured a French librarian blogger’s perspective on the film! Definitely worth a read (or a re-read!) for the dual librarian perspectives of this reel librarian film.

Miranda – John Simm” uploaded by JohnSimmSociety, Standard YouTube license


9. Peeping Tom (1960)


Anna Massey plays a librarian who befriends a neighbor, who turns out to be “compulsive murderer on a mission to make a documentary about fear.” Yikes. She does have a hand in bringing his crimes to light.

I included this film in my post of “banned reel librarian movies” and in my “Victims or villains? Librarians in horror films & thrillers” post.

The controversial film Peeping Tom–a review and analysis of the 1960 shocker by Michael Powell” uploaded by Johnny B, Standard YouTube license


10. The Station Agent (2003)


In this movie, “A man born with dwarfism moves to New Jersey after the death of his best friend. There, he becomes friends with a hot dog vendor and Emily, a divorced librarian (played by Michelle Williams).”

It’s a beautiful film, which I included in my “Best librarian films by decade, Part II: 1960s-2000s” post.

The Station Agent | ‘Friends’ (HD) – Peter Dinklage, Michelle Williams | MIRAMAX,” uploaded by Miramax, Standard YouTube license


11. “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear” (2004)


I’m so glad this TV movie made the list! Noah Wyle stars as Flynn Carson, aka “THE Librarian.” This TV movie spawned two TV movie sequels, as well as a spin-off TV series, “The Librarians.”

I analyzed Flynn Carson’s “Liberated Librarian” role in my “Quest for the ‘Liberated Librarian'” post, and I included the series in my “Best librarian films by decade, Part II: 1960s-2000s” post. I also highlighted Carson’s style in my “Stylish male reel librarians” post.

The Librarian Quest for the Spear,” uploaded by umlugarinthesun, Standard YouTube license


Any favorites here of yours here? Please leave a comment and share.

And please revisit my “list of banned reel librarian movies” post that I wrote for last year’s Banned Books Week!

 

Reel Librarians turns 7!

Reel Librarians celebrates its 7th blog anniversary this week! I published my first post on Reel Librarians back on September 19th, 2011, with the “Where do I begin? A love story.” post, which also details how my interest in reel librarians began.

Reel Librarians turns 7!

Reel Librarians turns 7!

Quick stats comparison:

Looking back over the previous “blog anniversary” posts, below is an update on how this blog has grown:

2012
(1 year)

2018
(7 years)

Total views:  19,000+  235,000+
Total visitors:  900+ 160,500+
Total comments:  165 628
Total posts:  153 posts + 21 pages  467 posts + 21 pages
Total shares: 121 4,500+
Daily visits, average:  65 123
Total followers:  45  428

Previous blog anniversary posts:

Top 10 most popular posts this past year:

  1. First impressions: ‘Hidden Figures’ and its library scene — a 2017 post with over 4,000 views this past year
  2. Marian or Marion? — a 2012 post with over 1,700 views this past year
  3. Librarian t-shirt collection — a 2014 post with over 1,400 views this past year
  4. Books and book-burning in ‘Fahrenheit 451’ — a 2017 post new to this list, with almost 1,400 views this past year
  5. The Jedi librarian — a perennial favorite from 2013 with over 1,300 views this year
  6. Naughty Librarians (ladies, take it away) — a 2012 post with almost 1,300 views this past year
  7. The Killing Kind vs. The Attic —  a 2013 post still going strong with almost 1,000 views this year
  8. You, Me, Dupree, and the Naughty Librarian — this 2015 post has collected almost 900 views this year
  9. Harry Potter and Madam Pince — this 2012 post has magicked up over 850 views this year
  10. First impressions:  Monsters University — this 2013 post garnered almost 650 views this past year

Thank you all for reading, whether it’s your first or seventh year! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀