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Spotlight: The Resurgence of Gothic Literature with Bethany Griffin

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Bethany Griffin today to talk about the resurgence of Gothic Literature. I would like to further thank Bethany for the post as it makes a terrific resource for Year 9 to go alongside their Gothic module.

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The Resurgence of Gothic Literature

Elements of Gothic Literature
–a creeping sense of impending doom
–females in peril (but not too much screaming and fainting—not for modern audiences)
–ruined architecture/ancient moldering ruins
–ghosts or the suggestion of the supernatural
–a mystery
–secret passages or tunnels, or possibly both!

(OMG, I love every one of those elements, let Gothic literature never go away)

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Historically Gothic literature was a response to realism, it was a return to the fanciful, and in many ways as young adult literature opens up to the Gothic sensibility, I guess it’s the same sort of thing. The big trends in Young Adult have run the gamut from vampires to dystopian, and while Gothic literature has never been the super hot trend, the other hot trends have perhaps created readers who are open to elements of fantasy and supernatural, and who doesn’t like a brooding hero, or secret passages, or mystery? And Gothic very often overlapped with horror, and though horror itself isn’t a huge subgenre it seems to be finding more popularity with readers.

Personally, I prefer my Gothic to have historical or ambiguously historical settings, but we’re seeing Gothic stories with all sorts of settings. I mean, as long as there are moors, it’s okay, right?

I do feel that I should comment on the females-in-peril trope. In many of the original Gothic stories, female characters were really only props in the stories, including Madeline in Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. I think it’s important in modern stories that female characters have equal voices and equal roles with male characters, which isn’t to say that they can NEVER scream or faint, but it’s also possible for male characters to scream and/or faint. :) All characters must have motivations and minds of their own, particularly the females in Gothic lit.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Letting Go by Molly McAdams

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Synopsis

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author returns with a sizzling novel of love, loss, guilt, and forgiveness.

Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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About the Author

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach, which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. When she’s not at work, she can be found hiding out in her bedroom surrounded by her laptop, cell, Kindle and fighting over the TV remote. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm…or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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Spotlight: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

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About ALL BROKE DOWN

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with ALL LINED UP, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.

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About Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

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About the book

Some promises are made to be broken…

Music is my everything.

After my parents died when I was a kid, moving into my grandparents’ ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo seemed like a nightmare. Until I stumbled upon my grandfather’s shed full of instruments. My soul lives between the strings of Oz, my secondhand fiddle, and it soars when I play.

In Houston, I’m a typical college student on my way to becoming a classically trained violinist headed straight for the orchestra pit. But on the road with my band, Leaving Amarillo, I’m free.

We have one shot to make it, and I have one shot to live the life I was meant to. Leaving Amarillo got into Austin Music Fest and everything is riding on this next week. This is our moment.

There’s only one problem. I have a secret…One that could destroy everyone I care about.

His name is Gavin Garrison and he’s our drummer. He’s also my brother’s best friend, the one who promised he’d never lay a hand on me. He’s the one person I can’t have, and yet he’s the only one I want.

One week.

One hotel room.

I don’t know if I can do this.

I just know that I have to.

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: The Collectors Society by Heather Lyons

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—she’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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