'People like myself and Mr. Blake create things that are strange and uncanny, where men may find themselves reflected. Sometimes people like yourselves mistakenly come to us when strange and uncanny things happen to them, rather than looking in the mirror and facing what is strange and uncanny in themselves. [...] What would we not do to defy death, Mr. Marlott? Might we not defy God's laws in order to be reunited with those we love?' ~ Anna Maxwell Martin as Mary Shelley, 'The Frankenstein Chronicles'. /💀✒ . 🌌 #twohundredstein day 11 ~ Frankenstein must be destroyed: ethical questions.📚 . I will never tire of recommending 'The Frankenstein Chronicles' to anyone and everyone, not just because a majestic Sean Bean stars as the main character in it! 😍🖥 This much underrated series deals with one of the most controversial aspects of mid-19th-century English society, especially in the wake of 'Frankenstein's publication: the clashing of complex ethical, moral and religious sets of values, held by the aristocracy and common people alike, against new scientific discoveries and medical progress, which peaked in the London Parliament with the passing of the Anatomy Act of 1832. 🏰⛈ Late Georgian/early Victorian England was a place full of superstition and amazingly picturesque contradictions, with desire for knowledge and atavic fears coexisting in a fragile, dirty, almost bleak quotidianity; it was home to both progressive thinking and the ruthless repression of it; to competent scientists and surgeons, and bigoted politicians and resurrectionists; to pioneering alienists and degrading asylums and mental institutions; to the noble and rich advocating philanthropy and the sick and poor dying in the streets. ⚰⚱ A perfect landscape for the creation of Mary's watershed novel.🕯🔬 . 🔹️Featured books: • 'The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the curse of Frankenstein', by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler [ISBN: 978-0-316-06640-2] . . #frankenstein
Starting off the weekend with some hot pink goodies served on a silver plate! Thank you so much @titan_books for sending these samplers my way! I'm so excited to dive into the first chapters of these very thrilling and interesting books! In case you didn't know, #thedevouringgray is my most anticipated book for next year so when I saw this stunning cover I couldn't keep it cool and totally freaked out! Keep your eyes peeled and make sure you snatch a copy of both these awesome books when the time comes!
Northanger Abbey is about as scary as I like my reading to get, which is to say: not scary at all. But I’m always willing to try something new. So, if you were to recommend a Halloween read to a Scaredy Cat (not that I’m naming any names here, but yes, it’s me), what would you suggest? 📚 #somethingstrangeoct18 Day 19 | Max: Rebellious Women. “Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked.” ~ Jane Austen. Me too, Rebel Jane, me too. Also, this prompt got Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill running through my head. Go give it a listen. And then watch The Punk Singer. You’ll thank me later. 📚 #clutteredpagesoctober Day 19 | They thrive on the dark and cold – Gothic books (HBD Karissa). Northanger Abbey’s Catherine Moreland is obsessed with gothic novels, in particular The Mysteries of Udolpho by Mrs. Radcliffe. Which I still have to read. 📚 #bookreadhappyhour Day 19 | Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore”. So I’m just going to leave one of my favorite quotes from Northanger Abbey here: “That person, be it gentlemen or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Got the t-shirt, wear it proudly. 📚 #janeausten#northangerabbey#austen18#bookishallure#classicbooks#classicreads#prettybooks#gothicnovel#bibliophile#bookstagram#booksandtea#booksandteacups#bookishteaparty#coverlove
Не представляю, как озаглавить отзыв об "Итальянце"... . Писательница Анна Радклиф считается одной из родоночальниц готического романа. И в графе "жанр" про "Итальянца" написано: "ужасы", "мистика" 🦇 . Мне лично не было так страшно, чтобы ассоциировать этот роман с ужасами, пусть там и есть жуткие вещи, совершенные людьми. В целом, мне хочется называть книгу славной. Но в сторону субъективизм. . Что вы найдете в "Итальянце": 🕷 монаха... убийцу; 🕷 богатого наследника, влюбившегося в девушку неизвестного происхождения; 🕷 неожиданно жестоко организованную разлуку влюбленных по инициативе матери юноши; 🕷 приключения... с задержкой на станции "Подвалы инквизиции"; 🕷 призраки... прошлого? Или... . 🕸 Хм... Да, это славный любовно-приключенческий роман ужасов. Читается легко. Сюжет просто хороший, современного читателя со стула не уронит. Но литературное удовольствие - доставит. . #книги#готика #готическийроман #аннарадклиф#итальянец#books#reading#annradcliffe#gothicnovel
'Look! It's moving. It's sha — it's...it's alive. It's alive...It's alive, it's moving, it's alive! It's alive, it's alive, it's alive! It's ALIVE!' 'Henry — in the name of God!' 'Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to BE God!' /🏰⛈ . 🌌 #twohundredstein day 10 ~ Frankenstein's Army: fans & pop culture.📚 . Seeing as this prompt clearly addresses the remarkable influence and power that the 'Frankenstein' trope has held in the last decades over popular culture and contemporary imagination, I feel like I can be a bit more silly and let my fangirling self loose for once LOL so I'm going to ramble as usual, just with more emphasis than truly necessary! 😂💀 I feel absolutely awed and amazed by the sheer weight that this tale has had on the ability of men to produce art; as Linda @lindabookmania and Jenn @soulsfiredesigns have very insightfully pointed out to me, mankind has found countless ways to celebrate, glorify, revere and exorcise Death throughout history, while desperately trying to defy it at the same time: myths and legends recounting stories of the undead roaming the realms of the living have always existed in popular folklore, and have persisted in haunting our darkest nightmares despite our constant technological and sociological advancement.🕯✒ So it goes without saying that a novel unfolding the ultimate fall of a man who selfishly tried to act as a modern Prometheus and the fate of his too-human creation would resonate strongly within people's consciences, making us naturally, cleverly inclined to empathise with both Victor and Adam, and able to detect a subtle reflection of ourselves in them (yeah sorry, Adam will always be his name for me. No way am I calling him 'Monster', 'wretch' or 'demon' as Victor does! 😑🙅♀️) . 🔹️Featured books: • 'Adapting Frankenstein: the Monster's eternal lives in popular culture', by Dennis R. Cutchins and Dennis R. Perry [ISBN: 978-1-5261-0891-3] . .