Spotlight on: Gothic Literature

Hi everyone,

Apologies for the rather large break between blog posts. University work has been draining me, but I’ve planned my next few days and organised myself slightly better so fingers crossed this won’t happen again!

Today I’m going to be writing my thoughts on one of my favourite genres of literature; Gothic fiction. As well as offering you some bookish suggestions if you want to delve into the mystery and excitement that is Gothic literature.

Gothic literature is typically very landscape-heavy. Think dark, wild, rolling hills, storm clouds and grand castles in the distance. The atmosphere created in Gothic literature is often very mysterious, dramatic and ominous (sometimes with a hint of romance, the supernatural or adventure). For me, it’s the perfect combination for cold, winter days. I’ve always been fascinated and drawn to Gothic architecture so Gothic literature seemed the natural progression (most Gothic novels take place in/around some sort of decaying, ancient Gothic building!)

Here are some of my favourite Gothic novels:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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There’s still so many more Gothic novels I have in my collection that I want to read!

What’s your favourite genre to read? I’m hoping to make this “Spotlight on:…” structure a regular thing, talking about specific authors, time periods, genres of literature, countries… Let me know if you think this is a good idea! I’d love to hear your ideas.

Zoe xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Great post! I really love Gothic novels too, so I will definitely have to check out some of your suggestions 🙂 Jane Eyre and The Picture of Dorian Gray are two of my favorites as well. And if you liked Jane Eyre, I would really recommend Villette also by Charlotte Bronte! I really enjoyed it and definitely need to read her sister’s book, Wuthering Heights 🙂

    -Lo

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  2. Jane Eyre and Dracula for sure. I didn’t love Wuthering Heights as much, but I can’t really put my finger on why. Frankenstein is on my list for Halloween this year.

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    1. I read Dracula last Halloween and it was perfect for those cosy nights under a blanket with a huge cup of tea. I think Frankenstein will be great for that too! I’ve spoken to a few people who loved Jane Eyre but didn’t love Wuthering Heights as much and vice versa. I think I prefer Jane Eyre (just slightly) but I love the descriptions of landscape and the role the Moors play in Wuthering Heights too! xx

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