So I’ve just finished Pandemonium, but I’m not ready to air my views on it yet. I am going to read the final installment of the series and then approach them together, hopefully that way I will be more excited about the prospect.
Anyway, I recently read Rebecca, which is the favorite of a family friend who is into anything Stephen King and scary, and that’s not my usual cup of tea. But I like to go back and read some classics every once in a while and make myself feel sophisticated so I thought, “why not?” And you know what, it was amazing! I read it in the fast paced way I read the dystopians I love to get all nerdy about.
Afterwards when I was thinking about why I read it that fast I couldn’t really figure out why, it was not full of a ton of action, the protagonist, who remains nameless, wasn’t all that assertive, but I kept reading because I had to know what was going to happen. Who was Rebecca, what was she really like, how was she haunting the new wife and the house? And that is the masterpiece that is Rebecca. The writing is amazing, even though it was written in the early twentieth century it’s easy to follow and I think its general creepiness is something that still makes it applicable.
Also, unlike spoofs on the classic Gothic, like Northanger Abbey (which I also love, because, I mean its Austen) it’s able to modernize the traditional interpretations of the Gothic theme. Our female protagonist is still insecure, a bit naive, and has the familiar attitude of expecting the worst. However, she is smart and eventually finds her voice, the husband turns out to be someone we hoped he would but expected he wasn’t, and Rebecca turns out to be the bitch we all hoped she would prove to be. And even though the vast majority of the book doesn’t give us adrenalin pumping action scenes or epic romances that have to fight for themselves and the betterment of the world, we get these incredibly written characters, vivid imagery, and the lasting question when we read the last page of “what was Rebecca doing exactly?”
So even if you don’t normally go for the Gothics, or the classics, you definitely need to give Rebecca a shot, it didn’t win best book of the century for nothing!