I saw this tag on Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts’ blog, and I couldn’t resist. Let’s get started!
- What is your favourite genre?
I love all things gothic.
- Who is your favourite author from that genre?
The masters of the genre, as far as I’ve explored it thus far, are Daphne du Maurier and Shirley Jackson.
- What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
I love books that are dark, atmospheric, lyrical, and engrossing; woven together by a damn good story, with intrigue and well-developed characters. That sounds like I’m asking for a lot, but when gothic fiction is done well, it epitomises all of these qualities. I also love its versatility, in that gothic fiction can incorporate elements of some of my other favourite genres, such as literary fiction, family sagas, and horror.
- What is the book that started your love for that genre?
Possibly The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It’s an unsettling ghost story that plays brilliantly with the power of the unknown. It’s got many hallmarks of the genre, including a spooky manor setting, an unreliable narrator, an oppressive atmosphere, and a heavy dose of ambiguity – which means we’re never sure how much of what’s going on is down to the supernatural, or the possible madness of our heroine.
- If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
I guess I’d just recommend some of my personal favourites. Since they’re the ones that made me love the genre as much as I do, they’d hopefully do the same for others. They include: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier; Frankenstein by Mary Shelley; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson; The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell; and The Book Collector by Alice Thompson.
- Why do you read?
For me, reading is all about escapism, the art of storytelling, and the joy of letting your imagination take over. I suppose that’s part of why I love gothic fiction so much; the best examples of the genre know exactly how much to give us, and how much to hold back, leaving the real horror to linger in our minds long after the final page.
Since I wasn’t tagged myself, I’ll leave this open to anyone who’d like to take part. Pingback to me if you do it so I can check out your answers!