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

Character Development: Some Classic Best Sellers Without Much of It…

  A couple of years ago, the latest thing in discussing novels online  or leaving reviews seemed to be a lot of talk about ‘character development’. I haven’t heard so much about it of late- maybe I haven’t been looking – but back then it seemed as if you couldn’t read a single review without … Continue reading Character Development: Some Classic Best Sellers Without Much of It…

Character Development: Some Classic Best Sellers Without Much of It…

  A couple of years ago, the latest thing in discussing novels online  or leaving reviews seemed to be a lot of talk about ‘character development’. I haven’t heard so much about it of late- maybe I haven’t been looking – but back then it seemed as if you couldn’t read a single review without … Continue reading Character Development: Some Classic Best Sellers Without Much of It…

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?

‘Regency Hoax’ My New Article on the Popular Conception of the Regency Era Published by Public Books

  Here's my new article on the highly static and frivolous popular view of the UK of the Regency era, as taken from the twentieth century writer of historical romance Georgette Heyer, and her successors. This is a topic that has perturbed me for a while, and I brought my thoughts together as concisely as … Continue reading ‘Regency Hoax’ My New Article on the Popular Conception of the Regency Era Published by Public Books

Authors Basing Characters on Real People: Some Examples from Classic Novels

I don’t know how much most authors base their characters on people they have known. I would guess that most combine various characteristics taken from numerous people in real life with some from those they have encountered in fiction to create something original. A writer observes on this website https://litreactor.com/columns/keeping-it-real-a-rough-guide-to-using-real-people-as-fictional-characters 'Fictional characters, especially main characters, … Continue reading Authors Basing Characters on Real People: Some Examples from Classic Novels

That Dreaded Manuscript in Your Drawer: join Jane Austen and Pushkin in having a Manuscript in That Drawer of Doom

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone Season’s Greetings. Then I'd like to thank Robert Wingfield of INCA for designing for me such a wonderful new cover for 'Alex Sager's Demon'.  Here it is, above. You can get it on: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FDWD7BY?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660 http:/'www.amazon.com/Alex-Sagers-Demon-Pushkins-Nemesis-ebook/ or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alex-Sagers-Demon-Pushkins-Nemesis-ebook I wanted to write a skit for a Christmas post, … Continue reading That Dreaded Manuscript in Your Drawer: join Jane Austen and Pushkin in having a Manuscript in That Drawer of Doom

Jane Austen: A Writer of Romances?

In my last post on Jane Austen, I commented that: - ‘It is an irony that Jane Austen is seen as a writer of romances, when her own outlook on marriage, and the undesirability of marriage without a comfortable income, was highly practical and very much typical of the era, and the part of society … Continue reading Jane Austen: A Writer of Romances?

‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen: Some Thoughts on the Main Characters

On the characters in ‘Sense  and Sensibility’, I have already commented on my liking for both the primary heroine, Elinor and the secondary one, Marianne. In some ways I prefer Elinor to ‘Pride and Prejudice’s’ Elizabeth Bennett, as she seems less taken over by Edward than Elizabeth is by Mr Darcy. For instance, towards the … Continue reading ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen: Some Thoughts on the Main Characters

Laughing Out Loud With Jane Austen; ‘Sense and Sensibility’ as Tragi-Comedy…

Recently, I re-read ‘Sense and Sensibility’. That is my favourite Jane Austen novel. The humour is brilliant; it made me laugh out loud a few times, and I can be hard to please. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is equally funny, of course, and much lighter in overall tone; there is also the happy ending to the … Continue reading Laughing Out Loud With Jane Austen; ‘Sense and Sensibility’ as Tragi-Comedy…