What Makes a Good Story?

  • Truthfulness: Frankenstein is on one level a fantastical story. But Victor’s obsession and ambition is portrayed in a very realistic way.
  • Good Structure & Plot: Andras Versalius the Anatomist by Petrus Borel uses a classic mystery plot, similar to Bluebeard. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell tells the story of a witchcraft trial, moving the story along quickly.
  • Convincing and Engaging Characters: Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla is a fascinating vilain. Mina Harker in Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a sympathetic character
  • Thought Provoking: Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles raises lots of issues about women, marriage, class, money. The Monk by Matthew Lewis, is about corruption in the church. Although it is fantastical, it is also topical.




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