The Inner Life of Characters in Classic Early Novels – Some Musings on Rinaldo Rinaldini and Richardson

Recently, I did some reading, and re-reading of several 'classic' novels of varying merit. These included Joseph Conrad's 'The Heart of Darkness' – a brilliant classic which should be appreciated in all the complexity of its moral vision  – Elizabeth Gaskell – generally very good, sometimes brilliant, often uneven. Also, Christian Auguste Vulpius – an … Continue reading The Inner Life of Characters in Classic Early Novels – Some Musings on Rinaldo Rinaldini and Richardson

Those Elusive Endings

Those ‘How To’ books on writing seem generally to lay less emphasis on endings than on beginnings; of their advice about endings, I can only remember that they said that you should resolve the conflict that drives the plot and leave the reader feeling satisfied.  James N Frey in ‘How to Write a Damn Good … Continue reading Those Elusive Endings

Messieurs Gilles and Georges, Gentlemen of the Road, in Brentford

For a while after their fellow highwyaman Tom's shooting by a patrol of soldiers, Emile (known as Monsieur Gilles) and Georges lie low.  They have been dividing life between Emile's town house, where Georges is Emile's valet  and life in Brentford, where they are equals and stay with  the jovial rascal Mr Kit and his … Continue reading Messieurs Gilles and Georges, Gentlemen of the Road, in Brentford

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

A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

Now for some comic relief. Who’s for a Gothic historical romance, full of anachronisms (which the re-cycled characters know too well). Scene: A castle in the wilds of Yorkshire, UK, on the moors.  Date – Regency [ A darkly handsome and brooding man appears  at the bolt studded door holding a modern electric torch. Although … Continue reading A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

The Brilliant ‘Bodily Harm’ by Margaret Atwood Revisited

Recently, I broke off from my ongoing good old independent research into women's escapism  (and if anyone reading this has read anything recent  and not partisian on the topic of women’s escapism and reading romances, do let me know). Finding Margaret Atwood’s Bodily Harm on the shelves of someone I was visiting, I pounced on … Continue reading The Brilliant ‘Bodily Harm’ by Margaret Atwood Revisited

Interview of Emile Dubois (The Eponymous ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’) By Laura Lee

  Here's an interview with one Émile Dubios... Laura Lee: Come in. Sit down. Would you like something to drink? Émile Dubois: Thank you, Madame. The red wine for a certainty. Georges – my right hand man, you know, though some might spread the rumour that he was my companion in crime – organized this … Continue reading Interview of Emile Dubois (The Eponymous ‘That Scoundrel Emile Dubois’) By Laura Lee

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.

A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

Now for some comic relief. Who’s for a Gothic historical romance, full of anachronisms (which the re-cycled characters know too well). Scene: A castle in the wilds of Yorkshire, UK, on the moors.  Date – Regency [ A darkly handsome and brooding man appears  at the bolt studded door holding a modern electric torch. Although … Continue reading A Spoof Gothic Historical Romance Episode

Borrowing from the Great Bad Writer of Victorian Romances

I hope to bring out my next novel, ‘The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse of the Venns’ within weeks. There’s been a long delay – over two years – between this and my last ‘Ravensdale’. That was only partly because I’ve written half of the sequel to ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois as well. This is … Continue reading Borrowing from the Great Bad Writer of Victorian Romances