Member Blogs > Gothica BooksVal McDermid's 'Northanger Abbey' – NYTimes.com

  • Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:08:29    Permalink

    Val McDermid’s “Northanger Abbey” is the second book to emerge from the Austen Project, in which Jane Austen’s published oeuvre is reimagined by 21st-­century authors. But early on her heroine, Cat Morland, encounters, via audiobook, the Gothic work of another 19th-century novelist — Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” “For Cat,” we are told, “schooled only in contemporary vampire romance, it was a curious and unsettling experience. It reminded her of the first time she’d tasted an olive. It was unlike everything that had crossed her palate before; strange and not quite pleasant, yet gilded with the promise of sophistication.”

    via Val McDermid’s ‘Northanger Abbey’ – NYTimes.com.

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