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18 July 2014 ~ 9 Comments

Jane Eyre, the first Mary Sue

Jane Eyre Mary Sue

A discussion on Facebook with Sarah Zettel about Victorian literature led to a discussion of Jane Eyre, and I was reminded once again how the iconic character is the very first Mary Sue. This much-maligned cliche, usually found in fanfiction, is the name for the process by which the author puts herself in a story […]

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06 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

The special magic of the orphan girl

Patrice’s note: This is a repeat of one of my favorite posts from past years. In this discussion of the orphan as redeemer, I talk about the particular role of girl orphans in Victorian literature. Ann of Green Gables Emily of New Moon Sarah Crewe Mary Lennox What do all of these famous orphans have […]

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08 June 2014 ~ 3 Comments

“A Tiny Feast” by Chris Adrian should be nominated for the World Fantasy Award

Chris Adrian’s novel The Great Night is on my to-read list. I can’t believe I just found out about it; Adrian wrote one of my very favorite stories, “A Tiny Feast,” and The Great Night is a further expansion of this remarkable and poignant story. I’m so looking forward to going back into his world. […]

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