Friday, 9 September 2011

Le Vanity Victorienne gone GOTHIC

My Blog is currently devoted to Classics, Pre-Victorian, Victorian & Gothic Lit * old and modern* ; otherwise reads would be for my personal joy meaning I will not accept any book unless it fits under the Gothic or Historical Genera -YA or MG Books-.

My definition of a Good YA & MG Gothic Novel;

  • A book with;
  1. Vampires.
  2. Werewolves.
  3. Ghosts 
  4. Zombies
  5. Fallen Angels.
  6. Dystopian.
  7. Victorian.
  8. Gothic Romance.
  9. Witches & Magic.
  10. Historical (Romance and Fiction)..
  11. Steampunk.
  12. Myths and Legends .
  13. Warriors .
  14. Fantasy (Especially Dark Fantasy, Epic and High Fantasy).
  15. Paranormal Books in general.
  16. Horror.
  17. Classics (Especially those with Gothic or Sad elements).
  18. Might read some Children or Middle Grade books for every gener above.

  • Books like;
  1. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray .
  2. Clockwork angel cassandra clare.
  3. The girl in the steel corset kady cross.
  4. The Death of Yorik Mortwell, pubbed by Stephen Messer illustrated by Gris Grimly.
  5. Ghostgirl (Ghostgirl, #1) by Tonya Hurley.


Gothic Elements

This is a non-inclusive list of elements to look for when defining your reading as Gothic. This list comes from the website Virtual Salt by Robert Harris:

  • Setting in a castle. The action takes place in and around an old castle, sometimes seemingly abandoned, sometimes occupied. The castle often contains secret passages, trap doors, secret rooms, dark or hidden staircases, and possibly ruined sections. The castle may be near or connected to caves, which lend their own haunting flavor with their branchings, claustrophobia, and mystery.

  • An atmosphere of mystery and suspense. The work is pervaded by a threatening feeling, a fear enhanced by the unknown. Often the plot itself is built around a mystery, such as unknown parentage, a disappearance, or some other inexplicable event. Elements 3, 4, and 5 below contribute to this atmosphere. 

  • An ancient prophecy is connected with the castle or its inhabitants (either former or present). The prophecy is usually obscure, partial, or confusing. "What could it mean?" In more watered down modern examples, this may amount to merely a legend: "It's said that the ghost of old man Krebs still wanders these halls."

  • Omens, portents, visions. A character may have a disturbing dream vision, or some phenomenon may be seen as a portent of coming events. For example, if the statue of the lord of the manor falls over, it may portend his death. In modern fiction, a character might see something (a shadowy figure stabbing another shadowy figure) and think that it was a dream. This might be thought of as an "imitation vision."

  • Supernatural or otherwise inexplicable events. Dramatic, amazing events occur, such as ghosts or giants walking, or inanimate objects (such as a suit of armor or painting) coming to life. In some works, the events are ultimately given a natural explanation, while in others the events are truly supernatural.

  • High, even overwrought emotion. The narration may be highly sentimental, and the characters are often overcome by anger, sorrow, surprise, and especially, terror. Characters suffer from raw nerves and a feeling of impending doom. Crying and emotional speeches are frequent. Breathlessness and panic are common.

  • Women in distress. As an appeal to the pathos and sympathy of the reader, the female characters often face events that leave them fainting, terrified, screaming, and/or sobbing. A lonely, pensive, and oppressed heroine is often the central figure of the novel, so her sufferings are even more pronounced and the focus of attention. The women suffer all the more because they are often abandoned, left alone (either on purpose or by accident), and have no protector at times.

  • Women threatened by a powerful, impulsive, tyrannical male. One or more male characters has the power, as king, lord of the manor, father, or guardian, to demand that one or more of the female characters do something intolerable. The woman may be commanded to marry someone she does not love (it may even be the powerful male himself), or commit a crime.

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1 comment:

  1. So from now on, you're reviewing only books I love! I love you.... I would do something like this, but I'd miss the odd contemporary and other thing. Can't wait to see the awesome new book recommendations you come out with? I get the feeling my TBR list might grow. A lot.
    Enjoy life xx


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