Characters in Classic Novels with Personality Disorders

Laughs are at a premium these days, what with the pandemic still going on as a second Christmas approaches.That being so, I thought I’d use my recent renewed interest in personality disorders by subjecting some classic characters in fiction to a bit of the dreaded lay analysis.If this post gives a few readers a laugh, … Continue reading Characters in Classic Novels with Personality Disorders

Review of Balazac’s ‘Cousin Bette’.

I enjoyed Balzac’s ‘Pére Goriot’ overall, despite – maybe because of – the melodramatic scenes. I particularly enjoyed the chapters which dealt with the villain Vautrin, and the sordid lodging Parisian house where he is in hiding. I expected to enjoy ‘Cousin Bette’, too, especially as it is considered to be one of Balzac’s masterpieces.Sadly, … Continue reading Review of Balazac’s ‘Cousin Bette’.

The Villainous Viscount Or the Cure of the Venns has won a BRAG medallion.

After confessing to my less than uplifting news a short while ago - that I had to jettison 40,000 words of the novel I'm working on at the moment  - due originally, no doubt, to my usual disorganised habit of not writing a plan - I am happy to give some good news. That is … Continue reading The Villainous Viscount Or the Cure of the Venns has won a BRAG medallion.

Anti-Heroine’s: Part Two Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Novels

I wrote in my last post that I have difficulty in finding anti-heroines in both classic and modern novels. I must have been reading the wrong books. Surely an anti-heroine is to be found from amongst all those katana wielding, leather clad female warrior leads? However, as I mentioned, I haven’t read that much modern … Continue reading Anti-Heroine’s: Part Two Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Novels

The Anti-Heroine

I have often thought, on and off, what a shame it is how few anti-heroines there are in both traditionally published and self published fiction. Anti -heroes suffer from overpopulation in the fiction world- particularly in romance – but their female equivalents seem thin on the ground. This anyway, is my experience, but maybe I … Continue reading The Anti-Heroine