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Practice Readings: Literature

I find it fun to go back to the source of a well-known story and read the original text before it was adapted or changed (from book to screen, for example). For me this usually means readings that are science fiction, horror and fantasy, which nicely feed into the kind of voice work I do.

It’s surprising to see how the original text’s ideas differ or how much clearer they were when compared to their translation to the silver or small screen! Sometimes the basic story seems almost unrecognizable! In movie adaptations, for instance, characters can be completely different (“Frankenstein”) or the story’s resolution completely changed (“Dracula”) or characters added that didn’t exist in the original source material (“Island of Dr. Moreau”).

Here are some original texts, with minimal trimming. Have fun!

Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde

Island of Dr. Moreau #1

Island of Dr. Moreau #2 

Alice in Wonderland’s “Mad Tea Party”



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow #1

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow #2

A Christmas Carol #1

A Christmas Carol #2

The Halloween Tree

From the Dust Returned

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Raven

H.P. Lovecraft Poems

Poems of Horror



4 Responses »

  1. Dee, this is a fantastic website, full of very practical advice and your own life experiences, thank you!

  2. Marvellous, and what’s so admirable is the way you pitch the whole site so that everyone can learn, beginner or seasoned.

  3. This helps alot thanks.

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