Friday, 9 May 2014

Gothicky fun

There's a fun item at the Guardian books pages entitled 'How to tell if you're reading a Gothic novel - in pictures'. (Thanks to Helen Grant for alerting me to this.) It's a good reminder of how pervasive and plain crazy the original, 18th century Gothic novel was, and it underlines the importance of the supernatural to the genre - even when the ghost has a Scooby Do-style explanation. Anyway, here are a couple of the pictures to give you a flavour of the thing.

Gothic novels: The villain is a  murderous tyrant

Gothic novels: There is (probably) a ghost or monster

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