Posted by J.L. on September 14, 1998 at 07:26:27:
In response to NA, written by Chael on September 13, 1998 at 21:01:24
] ] ] OK so JA is using a device to criticise the absurdity of the gothic genre but also creating a novel in its own right, which I am not so fond of as the others, but still enjoy.
] ] I'm not trying to criticize or pass judgement on the novel or the character of Catherine. Heck, I haven't even read it! I was just passing along what I had read about it...
] I didn't mean to sound like I hated NA or Catherine by any means. I just didn't enjoy that one as much as the others. I guess the best way I can put it is that the story and characters seem more superficial. There isn't the same kind of depth to them...
Now, if that's the case, then JA really was trying to follow the Gothic writing style. One of the things it's marked by is that characters and plot sometimes tend to be sacrificed in the name of wierd scenery and occurances which are designed to scare the reader. Unlike a novel like P&P, Emma, Tess, etc., where there are deep, 3-D characters, a well-concieved plot, and meaningful messages contained within, the Gothic Novel tends to be a literary horror flick--it's there to frighten you out of your pants, or pretty close to it.
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