Books I have read recently

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte — I'm reading a giant biography of the Brontes "Wild Genius on the Moors" By Juliet Barker (amazing!! but I'll post on that when I finish) So I'm reading each novel as it's discussed in the book. I loved Shirley. I have to agree with the critics that it is a slow painful start and it does take about 150 pages till we meet the title character Shirley. But besides that, it is so well written. Caroline Helstone’s angst is beautiful and poignant. And knowing that the last third of the book was written after Emily & Anne died explains so much about the change in the book. Charlotte likes to fix her world by writing about it and in her version the sick heroine recovers where her sisters did not. I definitely recommend Shirley for the Bronte fan. Don’t skip it.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas --- It took me a couple chapters to really dive in but after that I was in love. I had read somewhere that it was based on Beauty & the Beast, which is great. What I did not know is that it is a retelling of one of my favorite fairytales: East of the Sun, West of the Moon!!! What a treat when I discovered that. I love that story. It's whimsical and the girl saves the day which I love love love. Sarah does a beautiful job of it and I can't wait for the next one!!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book by D. E. Stevenson —What a little treat. My mom gave these books to me for my birthday and there are so much fun. It’s a light easy read and it made me chuckle.
  • Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder— I adore her soul finder books. I’ve been reading them for years. She builds beautiful strong women and sweeping romance. Her magic system is unique and I want to live in her world.
  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E. B. White — A must read for every writer. Thanks to Stephen King for the recommendation. It has all those little things that I had questions about and answered them quickly and succinctly. It’s not the funnest read but it’s helpful.
  • Click of Titles to go to the book's Amazon page

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Courtly Love

So i am doing this project for my *British* Literature Class. I have this questions that asks me to compare shakespearian love to courtly love. anyways when I wikipedia-ed courtly love it gave me this lovely formula. You are not really in love if they follow have not happened.

Stages of courtly love
1. Attraction to the lady, usually via eyes/glance
2. Worship of the lady from afar
3. Declaration of passionate devotion
4. Virtuous rejection by the lady
5. Renewed wooing with oaths of virtue and eternal fealty
6. Moans of approaching death from unsatisfied desire (and other physical manifestations of lovesickness)
7. Heroic deeds of valor which win the lady's heart
8. Consummation of the secret love
9. Endless adventures and subterfuges avoiding detection

(Adapted from Barbara Tuchman[13])

Isn't this priceless. I'm sure at least T will enjoy this. It sounds like something we would make up.


Luna said...

How could you underestimate us? That was priceless but I dare say our tales run circles around these rules. I do love them though I think I will print them out using some outlandishly extravegant cursive and live by them from now on......
PS i got another account its the same address as before. I published my love story with a few updates to keep britts attention :)

Britt said...

I got upset when I saw brit but it stood for british poop.... I didn't even read your blog HA

Megan said...

I'm sorry brittany. I fixed the error . Forgive me dear. Read it, It's entertaining

Harrison said...

i wrote a new post just for you.

Anonymous said...

MEGAN GILLMING I FOUND THIS JOURNAL VIA HEATHER ORR'S VIA BRITTANY'S!!! Im so very excited and the contents of this post have become my new love creed.