Another Uncharitable (Though Hopefully Entertaining) Post : Those Ten Female Counterparts to Those Ten Most Annoying Heroes

Having posted about the Ten Most Annoying Heroes from popular books by deceased authors, it only seems fair to post about the Ten Most Annoying Heroines. The problem here, as I said on that earlier post, was that I generally found these female leads provoking because the woman tended to lose most of her separate … Continue reading Another Uncharitable (Though Hopefully Entertaining) Post : Those Ten Female Counterparts to Those Ten Most Annoying Heroes

Victorian Sexuality and Prudery: Some Victorian Novels

  The following article follows a line that has become more popular in recent years. This suggests that the previous view, that Victorian’s were repressed regarding sexuality, and prudish to the point of hiding the legs of tables by long tablecloths, was at the least, exaggerated. It argues that in fact, sexuality was widely discussed … Continue reading Victorian Sexuality and Prudery: Some Victorian Novels

Characters’ First Names: How Do Authors Choose Them?

I am a fully paid up, card holding name’s geek. I have been, since my sister bought me a book on first names and their meanings  when I was thirteen (more years ago than I care to admit).  It was a little Collins’ Gem Dictionary,  with a red leather cover. I found it fascinating. I … Continue reading Characters’ First Names: How Do Authors Choose Them?

‘The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories’ edited by Robert Aikman – Wonderful Classic Tales of Terror

I recently re-read ‘The Fontana Book of  Great Ghost Stories’ Edited by Robert Aikman, dated 1964.  I would still say that this is one of the best collections of tales of terror – not all of them are truly ghost stories – that I have ever read. To some extent, I would say that for … Continue reading ‘The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories’ edited by Robert Aikman – Wonderful Classic Tales of Terror

Writing, Real Life Events, and the Works of Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Georgette Heyer and Louisa M Alcott

Writers, of course, would not be human if many of the circumstances of their lives did not affect their fiction. Even writers of the fantastic must combine these impressions with the imaginative creations in their books. The authors world of fantasy is to some extent part of his or her particular ‘take’ on reality, his … Continue reading Writing, Real Life Events, and the Works of Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Georgette Heyer and Louisa M Alcott

Some Thoughts on Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’

Recently, I’ve been reading another classic I have been intending to get down to for years; Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ To be unsparingly honest, I don’t know what I think of it; my feelings are mixed. I fid the style convoluted, but some of the descriptions are highly evocative, the characters are … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’

Writers’ Terror of Writing a Derivative Novel: Comparing George Elliot’s ‘Adam Bede’ and Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’

I’ve always meant to read ‘Adam Bede’; I don’t know why really, except that I’ve seen it described in various places as one of George Eliot’s best novels, and while I was a little disappointed in ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘The Mill on the Floss’, I’ve always admired her as a woman who defied conventional morality in … Continue reading Writers’ Terror of Writing a Derivative Novel: Comparing George Elliot’s ‘Adam Bede’ and Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’

Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’ Protagonists and Antagonists and More Farce

Lucinda Elliot, ascending platform: OK, so I am back again after escaping the clutches of that press gang in that time warp occasioned by my last post; here I am, restored to being a blogger sitting at my pc and typing up a geeky post and planning on making a cup of tea… On protagonists … Continue reading Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’ Protagonists and Antagonists and More Farce

Some Complete Madness: A Post Interrupted by Progatonist(s) and Antagonist(s) from Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’.

Lucinda Elliot: Here I go on to discuss the issue of the role of the ‘Protagonist and Antagonist in Elizaeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’. I warn you, when I get started on one of my favourite topics I go and on, so this post will probably stretch into three… [The last words are shouted above the … Continue reading Some Complete Madness: A Post Interrupted by Progatonist(s) and Antagonist(s) from Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’.

Moral Complexities and Good and Bad Characters

Francis Franklin’s intriguing and disturbing book '’Suzy and the Monsters’, which is about a predatory bi sexuaol vampire who routinely abuses women as well as men , and her war on a far worse group of abusers, human traffickers, examines the moral complexities in this vendetta where Suzy displays ‘the rage of Artemis’. No punches … Continue reading Moral Complexities and Good and Bad Characters