My main motivation in attending was that it was there, and such opportunities are few and far between in these parts.
Somewhere in the back of my head I remembered that many of my favourite novels are branded "Gothic", so I expected to be on familiar ground: Jane Eyre, Villette...
But I hadn't really appreciated that there is a modern version of the Gothic Imagination, and that the genre had crossed over into film. Interesting.
My fellow participants wanted a definition. They wanted to be able to spot The Gothic at a hundred paces and slap a label on it.
The tutor preferred to give examples of books and films which exhibited elements of the Gothic: because, really, why would you want to conform strictly to a set of "rules" in your writing?
- The Gothic invites you to challenge anxieties - either in the culture or personally
- There is a Monster - real or symbolic
- "Special effects" are used to intensify the atmosphere
- The Hero is the one who makes the right choice
- It is a genre that forces you look at the thing you don't want to look at - it might be yourself
And much more.
So what is Roo rambling on about now, you ask?
Just to say, that I think I have found a direction (if not a genre) for my unwritten novel.
I already had the title.
I just need to write it now.
A minor detail.