Review: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

I chose Jane Eyre for my senior thesis on derivative works (by which I of course mean fanfiction) rather than any particular Austen for three reasons: Jane Eyre is often misunderstood and read through the lens of a romance novel, it already has a recognized and respected derivative work associated with it (Wide Sargasso Sea), and the sheer amount of Austen pastiches, even were I to limit myself to a single book, would, frankly, kill me. Of course, I didn’t realize it was the season for Jane Eyre-derived works, and this year alone has brought A Breath of Eyre, the upcoming Ironskin, and The Flight of Gemma Hardy, a novel which poses an interesting question in terms of derivative works.

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Booking Through Thursday: Discuss!

Do you like to talk about what you read? Do you have somebody to talk WITH?

…yes. Hence the blog.

Okay, all flippancy aside, yes, I do. I have a pretty awful memory, and I started this book blog to keep track of what I read and how I felt about it, partially because I don’t really have anyone in real life to consistently talk books with. Oh, I’ll occasionally catch someone reading what I’m reading—my academic advisor is reading The Flight of Gemma Hardy, which I finished the other day—but for the most part, not so much. I belonged to a book club in high school, which I enjoyed (I think there’s one or two reviews from the very end of high school on here, like The Interview with the Vampire), but my reading is half pleasure-reading and half-research at any given moment, so it’s impossible for someone to be reading everything I read.

But with a blog, people who have read what I’ve read or have any passing interest in what I’ve read can comment on its review and get a discussion going—even people I know in real life. The answer to this question isn’t yes or no; it’s book blogging. Even if you have someone to talk every one of your reads over in real life, it’s nice to get other perspectives.