You thought I would build on the extremely short light easy read from last week to something harder? HA! NO! I am of course going down to something even easier. Next week, perhaps fanfic? We don’t want to overtax our brains.
In Olden Days, magazines used to have short stories. Not like artsy short stories that are all poetic and delicate, but like a regular novel with a beginning and an end, only shorter so it could print in a magazine. I love these stories, all the pleasures of narrative fiction but in only a fraction of the time! They are also, of course, very much of their time. Expect some light classism, racism, and old-fashioned gender views.
Anyway, this week I am going to make you read three of my favorite old short stories and then we can discuss and figure out which one we would remake as an Indian movie and stuff.
L.M. Montgomery-“The Materializing of Cecil” (in Further Chronicles of Avonlea)
A freakin’ DELIGHTFUL older romance with a sensitive sweet older heroine, which has already inspired a fanfic from me, and which I want to spread about the world. Montgomery, of course, wrote the Anne of Green Gables series and a whole bunch of other books too. All of them, like this story, set in the old-fashioned relaxed gossipy farming towns of Canada.
And of course, also FREE!!!
L.M. Montgomery- “The Quarantine at Alexander Abrahams” (in Chronicles of Avonlea)
Another DELIGHTFUL older romance! Between a very bossy and terrifying church lady, and a very grumpy and isolationist old farmer. Obviously you want to read this!
And of course, also FREE!!!!
L.M. Montgomery- “The Hurrying of Ludovic” (Chronicles of Avonlea)
The simplest one of them all, but I kind of like the slight twist ending to it, and it has the most romance for our middle-aged heroine of them all.