Jo Walton over at Tor.com wrote a history of the gothic genre entitled "A Girl and a House: The Gothic Novel." There were more than a few points that niggled at me just the slightest, such as the following:
- What is Twilight if not a gothic romance? Perhaps the gothic genre isn't quite the same as it was, but many romantic suspense novels written today still fit the bill for the most part.
- Walton also writes: "She may be abducted and rescued, she may scream, but she earns her reward and wedding and her house—the hero is her reward, she is not his." She seems to think that this is strange and noteworthy. Here's the thing we must about the gothics: they were one of the first genres written by women for women--of course they're woman-centric. Therefore, rather than focusing so explicity on the sexual repression of the characters, we should be grateful that there were female characters with any agency whatsoever.
- Finally, Walton spends a looong time talking about romance in gothics and completely ignores the fact that some gothics don't have romance as a main plot point. Frankenstein, anyone?
I think Walton is among that group of people who underestimate the gothic genre and therefore feel qualified to write about it. Those of us who know a little something about it, no matter what our opinion of it may be, however, wouldn't dream of writing a single article about an entire literary genre with such a tone of dripping disdain without risking censure in the comments below.