I am passionate about literature and always will be (lucky, considering that’s my degree…) – I read a LOT, both for my degree and for pleasure. Divulging my thoughts on novels has allowed me to explore them in more depth as well as inviting interesting feedback, so see below for a few of my favourites & check out my book reviews.
- William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, Othello, A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal
- Alexander Pope: The Rape of the Lock
- Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway, The Mark on the Wall
- Charles Dickens: Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist
- Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility
- F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
- L.P. Hartley: The Go Between
- C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
- Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
- Molière: Tartuffe
- Andrea Levy: Small Island
- Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Kite Runner
- Ian McEwan: Atonement, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love
- Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart
- Graham Greene: Brighton Rock
- Eva Ibbotson: The Morning Gift, Journey to the River Sea
Dystopian Literature – My Favourite Genre
- I really love the classic dystopian novels, like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, but there are so many lesser known works that are INCREDIBLE. Here are my top picks.
- John Wyndham: The Chrysalids, The Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos – I love the frightening plausibility of his novels; unlike many authors before him who limited science fiction to outer space, Wyndham somewhat redefined the genre by creating worlds that simply extend everyday situations. This leads to his books possessing “the reality of a vividly realised nightmare.” (The Times)
- Mervyn Peake: The Gormenghast Trilogy (Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone) – Never have works of fiction so completely engulfed me in their intricacies, rituals and shadows – Peake’s writing is so uniquely imaginative and descriptive that the scenes, voices and characters are conjured around you, and as clichéd as this sounds, it is all too easy to lose yourself.
- Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale – This novel encompasses the idea of power through gender; it is a male-dominated society where women are present for specific purposes – simply stated, it may not be too far-fetched to draw interesting parallels to our own history. My interest in Psychology is also drawn upon here; this dystopian society uses the theme of uniform maintaining power through loss os any sense of individuality.
- Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games – An example of a great modern dystopia, this series is attractive due to its unique plotline of a televised battle amongst children to the death – but this is by no means its greatest feature. Combined with an intricate love triangle, thought-provoking, uncomfortable political logic and the uplifting triumph of survival, these books have a vice like grip from the starting page.