Reluctant Immortals Book Review

As much as many of us love our classic novels, there are often problematic elements that were not considered to be problematic at the time of publishing. It is only in hindsight (and modern eyes) that we can see that these elements require a second look.

Reluctant Immortals, by Gwendolyn Kiste, was published in August. It is set in the late 1960s in California. The gist of the novel is that Bertha Mason of Jane Eyre and Lucy Westenra of Dracula are undead immortals trying to get away from their respective tormentors. Both Edward Rochester and Dracula would love nothing more than to get back at their former paramours.

I enjoyed this book. Kiste takes two characters who have been written off by most readers and have given them the voice that they were initially denied. Granted, the original texts were written in the 19th century, when women lived more restricted lives than they do today.

What sold it for me was that Bertha and Lucy are more the victims that they were made out to be. Kiste has given them agency, and the will to survive when their individual trauma could have easily destroyed them.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Reluctant Immortals is available wherever books are sold.


Flashback Friday: Hotel Hell (2012 to 2016)

It is interesting (to me at least) the many sub-genres within the world of reality television. For every viewer, there is a program to keep them glued to the screen.

Hotel Hell was on the air from 2012-2016. Hosted by Gordon Ramsay, the purpose of the show is to figure out why the hotel of the week is failing and try to fix it. As usual with this kind of show, the barriers include owners who are either stubborn or have their heads in the clouds, lack of processes, bad finances, etc.

By the end, the problems are supposedly fixed and the hotel is on its way to being successful.

Like all reality shows, it is entertaining. But, as a viewer, I have to ask what has been “scripted” and what is being presented as it was filmed?

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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