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At the moment, Kathleen Winsor's "Forever Amber". Legolas Send a noteboard - 02/07/2013 06:42:15 PM

Which started out promisingly, but by now is starting to look like an inferior imitation of Gone with the Wind, set in the English Restoriation period (it was published in 1944). I'm only halfway, so maybe it'll pick up again, but at the moment the key element in this kind of novel - the heroine's personality - is not working out for me. Writing a protagonist as profoundly selfish as Scarlett or her predecessor Becky Sharp is easy enough; it's giving them the necessary rounding to make them work in spite of that that is tricky. (If you intend to have a protagonist whom your readers can sympathize with, that is; Madame Bovary is generally supposed to be an excellent novel, but hardly a popular one.)

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