I was going to save this for tomorrow, to give myself some more time to think, but I can't wait that long. When I first read Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher (add on Goodreads | Book Website) in 2008, I was 11 and noticing that middle school was getting worse. I can't remember how I started reading: if I found it in the library or if it was recommended to me. And if it was recommended to me, I can't remember if it was my cousins who recommended The Golden Compass and The Giver or one of the librarians.
The book hit me hard. Not because I was bullied, or because I was suicidal (then), but because I knew someone who was bullied as much though differently as Hannah Baker was. I know Asher's book is set in high school, and I've heard more and more people tell me about the horrors of high school, but for me... middle school is where the horrors lie, though it makes sense that those would last into high school (and even college, according to some people). I'll say it: adolescents can be mean as shit and it's obvious these behaviors don't get eradicated in middle school when parents of bullies refuse to believe their child is a problem, schools look the other way, and our society breeds (cyber)bullying, slut-shaming, and rape culture.
You have been warned.
Continue at your own risk.
You may recall me writing a blog post on "Evil" Characters and now I will add another to the collection of TV-inspired character tips. I'll start with Penny Dreadful since I'm positively obsessed with the show. I mean, it combines Eva Green, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, places them in Victorian London, and has them all interact together.
The first season of the show had beautiful character portraits that had the tagline: "there is some thing within us all." The whole concept of the show, apart from its literary roots, is that humans are as monstrous, if not more so, than the monsters we all know from books, plays, movies, and TV. And, as you watch the show, you'll very quickly learn that while there are some "villains" and maybe one or two "heroes," almost everyone is an anti-hero with enough sins to paint the walls of Sir Malcolm Murray's London home with blood—something like this actually happens in Season 2.
For the sake of efficiency, though, I'll only be talking about the 5 characters shown above: Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green (center), Ethan Chandler played by Josh Hartnett (front right), Sir Malcolm Murray played by Timothy Dalton (front left)—who are all original characters (although Sir Malcolm is tied to Mina from Dracula)—Victor Frankenstein played by Harry Treadaway (back right), and Dorian Gray played by Reeve Carney (back left). The last two are obviously from books, and are in fact, the titular characters of their respective novels.
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