Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dark Souls: Character Book Pick

Welcome Author Paula Morris to Flippin' Fabulous today as well as Miranda who we are getting a close look at her book picks! Pretty fab, right? Thank You for stopping by Paula!
Original Post Date: October 05

Miranda in DARK SOULS is going through a big Gothic-lit phase at the moment. She got into it by reading NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen, which is a satire about the kind of novels really popular when Austen was a teen – books involving creepy castles, dark stairways, locked doors, dark heroes, wide-eyed girls getting into all sorts of trouble …

So the next book Miranda wants to read is one name-checked by Austen: Anne Radcliffe’s THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO. This was a huge bestseller, published when Jane Austen was just 19.

I’m not sure if she’ll like it all that much. Miranda has already read two of the great Victorian Gothic novels – WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte, and JANE EYRE by Emily’s sister Charlotte. She liked them both a lot, though she’s still freaked out by the idea of ‘the madwoman in the attic’ in JANE EYRE. Her mother suggested that Miranda read WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys, which is kind of a prequel to JANE EYRE, telling the story of the ‘madwoman’ and her childhood in the Caribbean, before she married Mr. Rochester and got locked up in his attic.

Because Miranda has just visited Yorkshire in England – which is where DARK SOULS is set – she’s decided to read Bram Stoker’s novel DRACULA. Count Dracula himself comes ashore in England on the coast of North Yorkshire, near a beautiful fishing town called Whitby. Miranda wishes they’d made a day-trip to Whitby while they were staying in the city of York. Maybe she and her brother will have to go back there sometime soon …

Dark Souls by Paula Morris
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Welcome to York, England. Mist lingers in the streets. Narrow buildings cast long shadows. This is the most haunted city in the world. . . . 
Miranda Tennant arrives in York with a terrible, tragic secret. She is eager to lose herself amid the quaint cobblestones, hoping she won't run into the countless ghosts who supposedly roam the city. . . . 
Then she meets Nick, an intense, dark-eyed boy who knows all of York's hidden places and histories. Miranda wonders if Nick is falling for her, but she is distracted by another boy -- one even more handsome and mysterious than Nick. He lives in the house across from Miranda and seems desperate to send her some sort of message. Could this boy be one of York's haunted souls? 
Soon, Miranda realizes that something dangerous -- and deadly -- is being planned. And she may have to face the darkest part of herself in order to unravel the mystery -- and find redemption.

Return on October 18th for my review of Dark Souls!

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