You’re expecting me to go from The Casual Vacancy to Harry Potter or maybe the Robert Galbraith books, but I’m not going to do that. I’m goin’ crazy, y’all.
F’real though. The use of heroin and methadone in The Casual Vacancy is a huge theme which makes me think of Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr. it’s such the perfect description of the slippery slope down into addiction. It’s also a book that I’m too scared to watch the movie because I’m afraid I will be so disturbed the images will never leave my head.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a book like that too. I had no issue getting through the book and the terrible descriptions of things happening, but I had to turn off the Kubrick movie halfway through because it was just too damn disturbing for me – which is saying a lot because I have a high tolerance for disturbing things.
If we’re talking about novels adapted to movies by Stanley Kubrick how could the next link not be The Shining by Stephen King. The movie is brilliant, the book is more brilliant. The Shining is a brilliant horror novel (incidentally, also about addiction), so where do we go from here?
How about a double connection and use Joe Hill’s brilliant novel Horns? Joe Hill is Steven King’s eldest son and Horns is a book about a man who wakes up as the devil (more or less). It’s a fascinating book that goes way beyond the horror genre into something examining what it means to be human.
I’ll move to Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock, (I don’t need to explain that connection, do I?) it’s an absolutely brilliant novel written in the Southern Gothic tradition that completely entranced me with its bizarre and compelling cast of characters.
Let’s end with something new and delightful. Also with a bizarre and compelling cast of characters is The Shore by Sara Taylor. It’s also written in a Southern Gothic tradition and is enchanting and wonderful and incredibly readable.
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So that’s how you get from The Casual Vacancy to The Shore in six easy steps! Where do you go from The Casual Vacancy, Reader?
It’s been a woefully long time since I participated in the amazing Six Degrees meme created by Annabel Smith and Emma Chapman. This month the starting title is Elizabeth is Missing. I don’t even know who wrote this book, so let’s get going!
‘Missing’ makes me think of Lost & Found by Brooke Davis, it’s a relatively decent little book by an Australian author about a little girl who is abandoned by her mother and befriended by an elderly man and woman in a quest to find her lost mother.
Australian authors inevitably lead me to think of Neville Shute. (It also leads me to think about our lovely Annabel Smith and her fab interactive novel The Ark.) My most favorite book by Shute must be On the Beach but today I want to talk about A Town Like Alice I read this one because it was on the 2010 1001 Books to Read list and was delighted by how feminist it was for both the time period and the fact that it was written by a man.
Feminist literature makes me think of a recent essay that we discussed over at the Socratic Salon, We All Should Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A short and sweet essay adapted from a TED talk about the importance of feminism in today’s society.
Since I went with a Socratic Salon title, another one that we discussed and I loved was Our Endless Numbered Days (TSS discussion) by Claire Fuller, a little child-in-peril, a little wilderness adventure, a whole lot of awesome writing.
Our Endless Numbered Days is a fabulous debut novel, do you know what another fabulous (feminist) debut novel is? An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. I really felt like this should have won Tournament of Books 2015 but instead The Rooster went to…..
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Other than having the longest name ever, this book was fantastic, especially if you’re a lover of literary dystopias. It was beautifully written and did everything I wanted it to do. If literary dystopias are your bag, I can’t recommend this highly enough.
So, from Elizabeth is Missing to Station Eleven in six easy steps! Do you want to play along? I know you do! Here’s how:
Where do you go from Elizabeth is Missing, Reader?