Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Neil Gaiman’s TV adaptation of his book Good Omens, written with his late friend and collaborator Terry Pratchett, has been picked up by Amazon Studios for a worldwide release in 2018.
What queer feminist books should you read this winter and spring? What books should you read right now? Early 2017 is, as long as you look only at this list and at literally nothing else going on anywhere in the world, off to a great start with new and forthcoming work from Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joan Didion, Jenny Zhang and so many more.
Me? I think that to understand a trope like the MPDG we must better understand from whence it came. The why behind its existence. And also, to understand a character type is to find ways to subvert it, which, in turn, can make a girl a better writer. Deeply sketched out characters beat out generic Polaroids any and every day.
That said, in thinking about the “from whence it came” part the other day, I realized: this trope has existed for far longer than most people acknowledge. In fact, I believe it started in the opening decade of the Nineteenth Century, with none other than Jane Austen and her most famous heroine: the beautiful and feisty Elizabeth Bennet.