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
In my last post, I was talking about my new fledged writer friend being upset at the savagery of a one star review (though she felt a bit better when I showed some of the fine specimens I have come by). Readers of this blog might remember that the main criticism was that her book … Continue reading Cardboard Characters, Lovable, Rounded Characters, Larger Than Life Characters,and Mere Ciphers: How Sympathetic Must a Character Be to Keep You Reading?
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’
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
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’.
Before I get on to being what followers of various forms of New Age 'Courses on Miracles' would call ‘negative’, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and especially wish one to my wonderful fellow writers and to my readers. Thank you for all your inspiration and support. The ‘negativity’? Well, as I … Continue reading The Seven Most Annoying Heroes in Famous Novels – Uncharitable New Year’s Rant
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
'O wha's like my Johnnie, Sae leish, sae blithe, sae bonnie? He's foremost 'mang the mony Keel lads o' coaly Tyne; He'll set or row sae tightly Or, in the dance sae sprightly, He'll cut and shuffle slightly, 'Tis true, were he nae mine.' 'He wears a blue bonnet, Blue bonnet, blue bonnet, He wears … Continue reading Characters Both Flat and Round – Charley Kinraid from ‘Sylvia’s Lovers’
In an earlier post, I discussed how Elizabeth Gaskell used a particular character type - suely largely based on her lost and beloved brother - the charming, brave, dashing and handsome sailor, three times, in slightly different variations. She used this character type possibly four times, if I count the returned sailor 'Poor Peter' in … Continue reading Plasticity,Recycled Characters and Beloved Brothers: Part One: Elizabeth Gaskell
A year or so ago I took some time off from reading a selection of the classic robber novels -ie ‘Rinaldo Rinaldini’ and ‘Rob Roy’ - for a change of genre with Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘North and South’. What interested me particularly about this book – though it’s a good read anyway, all about the terrible … Continue reading Plasticity and Evolving Characters