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34 Works of Ethel May Dell
Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Choose Store. Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Charles Rex by Ethel M. The Rocks of Valpre by Ethel M. The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell 4. The Black Knight by Ethel M. Tetherstones by Ethel M. The Juice of the Pomegranate by Ethel M.
Those Who Wait by Ethel M. Dell 2. The Unknown Quantity by Ethel M. The Works of Ethel M. Dell by Ethel M. The First Ethel M. Dell it was amazing 5. To begin with, she uses stock characters.
While they are capably drawn, they never vary beyond the basic shape of her mould. After three or four stories, one begins to see the same characters playing out slightly different situations again and again.
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The characters exist for just one purpose: to create romantic thrills. Second, her stories revolve around romance. It's there from the first sentence to the last and is obviously the only topic she's interested in, although she'll try others if the story is sappy enough. Her aim was probably to make her public cry over every single story and she followed this aim religiously.
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Everything she wrote was aimed solely at instant, shallow emotional gratification for the reader. Third, Ethel M Dell's stories usually don't depict healthy romantic relationships: they are characterised by passion and fear and don't have any apparent foundation.
What made these characters fall in love? What shared views, visions, or faith do they have? Who knows? Just accept that they are, and enjoy the ride. As you probably learned in writing classes, the basic components of a good story are characters, plot, and theme. Each of these things has a theological weight behind them. We should be interested in characters because we are created in the image of a relational, triune God. To despise well-drawn, complex characters is to long to surround ourselves with imaginary people who only ever do what makes us feel good.
Focusing on realistic characters and studying the characters of real people is a form of rejoicing in Creation; failing to do so is selfish and myopic. To despise good plot and story structure is also unwise. Tolkien called this mythopoeia and explained how most stories are an echo of the Fall-and-Redemption pattern of history.
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Finally, theme is important because it is the lesson your story teaches, the viewpoint it espouses. Stories should have some purpose, some reason to exist; if it has no lesson or viewpoint, or if it exists only to tickle idle fancies, then it is a very bad story.
Dell's stories—unlike many romantic novels, from Jane Eyre to These Happy Golden Years —fail on at least two of the three requirements of characters, plot, and theme. Reading too many of her stories will warp your imagination. They'll shorten your attention-span, get you hooked on cheap emotional thrills, give you a twisted idea of love, and fail to edify on almost every level. Labels: feature week: bad , pg wodehouse , romance. Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom.