Bleakness Is My Weakness.

“Happiness is but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.”

It may surprise no one that I like my fiction dark with a side of grinding poverty, execution, murder, miscarriage, and animal genitalia related injuries – you know, general death, violence, and misery. Maybe a few dashed dreams here and there.

No wonder Daria is my spirit animal.

Without having previously made the connection – and only tenuously doing so now, at best – my early love of Thomas Hardy may have influenced my love of the may-be-a-genre (or maybe not) grit lit. Because nobody writes with more AMPS – abject misery per sentence – than Thomas Hardy.  The Brothers Grimm have nothing on him.

I missed this when it first came out (from The Guardian), but this infographic is brilliant. My apologies if you’ve already seen it – there may be no one more behind the blogging times than me (or more abusive of dashes and parentheses) – but it’s worth a second glance (in my humble opinion).

I know some of you share my love of a well done brutal novel (Andi and Shannon come immediately to mind), but what about the rest of you? Have you ever noticed that brutal, heart-wrenching novels seem to better accepted if they are classics? Jude the Obscure, Wuthering Heights, and The Monk come immediately to mind. Discuss.


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