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Novellas in November - week 4

Novellas in November is hosted by Cathy of 746 Books and Rebecca of Bookish Beck.

The theme of week 4 is:

The Short and the Long of It

Pair a novella with a nonfiction book or novel that deals with similar themes or topics.

Not entirely easy for me, but then I remembered a novella I read some years ago, Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. I really liked this Gothic novella about a female vampire. It comes natural to pair it with Dracula by Bram Stoker. It turns out that Le Fanu's story was published in 1872, 25 years before Dracula. Could Bram Stoker have been inspired by this story?

"The story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein. The character is a prototypical example of the lesbian vampire, expressing romantic desires toward the protagonist." (Wikipedia)

There is an interesting analysis on Wikipedia on the story, influences and what might have influenced Le Fanu to write it. There is also an interesting point of view: "Some critics, among them William Veeder, suggest that Carmilla, notably in its outlandish use of narrative frames, was an important influence on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw (1898).

This is a very interesting novella. I think you can download it from the internet. If you read it, I would be happy to hear what you think about it.

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Debbie Nance
Debbie Nance
24 nov 2023

I love the idea of pairing a novella with a long novel. Thank you for sharing these.

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26 nov 2023
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I was thinking it rather difficult, but then I remembered this novella about Carmilla. Dracula was the natural choice for pairing.

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