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Plain Bad Heroines boarding schools and horror movies and all round creepiness sounds exactly like my kind of book and it s by the author who wrote The Miseducation of Cameron Post so pls pls be gay. Brimming From Start To Finish With Sly Humor And Gothic Mischief Brilliant SARAH WATERSThe Award Winning Author Of The Miseducation Of Cameron Post Makes Her Adult Debut With This Highly Imaginative And Original Horror Comedy Centered Around A Cursed New England Boarding School For Girls A Wickedly Whimsical Celebration Of The Art Of Storytelling, Sapphic Love, And The Rebellious Female SpiritOur Story Begins In , At The Brookhants School For Girls Flo And Clara, Two Impressionable Students, Are Obsessed With Each Other And With A Daring Young Writer Named Mary MacLane, The Author Of A Scandalous Bestselling Memoir To Show Their Devotion To Mary, The Girls Establish Their Own Private Club And Call It The Plain Bad Heroine Society They Meet In Secret In A Nearby Apple Orchard, The Setting Of Their Wildest Happiness And, Ultimately, Of Their Macabre Deaths This Is Where Their Bodies Are Later Discovered With A Copy Of Mary S Book Splayed Beside Them, The Victims Of A Swarm Of Stinging, Angry Yellow Jackets Less Than Five Years Later, The Brookhants School For Girls Closes Its Doors Forever But Not Before Three People Mysteriously Die On The Property, Each In A Most Troubling Way Over A Century Later, The Now Abandoned And Crumbling Brookhants Is Back In The News When Wunderkind Writer, Merritt Emmons, Publishes A Breakout Book Celebrating The Queer, Feminist History Surrounding The Haunted And Cursed Gilded Age Institution Her Bestselling Book Inspires A Controversial Horror Film Adaptation Starring Celebrity Actor And Lesbian It Girl Harper Harper Playing The Ill Fated Heroine Flo, Opposite B List Actress And Former Child Star Audrey Wells As Clara But As Brookhants Opens Its Gates Once Again, And Our Three Modern Heroines Arrive On Set To Begin Filming, Past And Present Become Grimly Entangled Or Perhaps Just Grimly Exploited And Soon It S Impossible To Tell Where The Curse Leaves Off And Hollywood Begins A Story Within A Story Within A Story And Featuring Black And White Period Illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines Is A Devilishly Haunting, Modern Masterwork Of Metafiction That Manages To Combine The Ghostly Sensibility Of Sarah Waters With The Dark Imagination Of Marisha Pessl And The Sharp Humor And Incisive Social Commentary Of Curtis Sittenfeld Into One Laugh Out Loud Funny, Spellbinding, And Wonderfully Luxuriant Read This book left my brain buzzing so much it s hard to know where to start It is a big fat doorstop of a novel with multiple storylines spanning over a century, a horror novel about a curse that follows a certain kind of independent minded woman, a Hollywood novel with a behind the scenes feel, and a book where almost every single character is queer.A big doorstop of a horror novel should have a few plots and several characters to help drive the momentum and this book mostly does the trick It st This book left my brain buzzing so much it s hard to know where to start It is a big fat doorstop of a novel with multiple storylines spanning over a century, a horror novel about a curse that follows a certain kind of independent minded woman, a Hollywood novel with a behind the scenes feel, and a book where almost every single character is queer.A big doorstop of a horror novel should have a few plots and several characters to help drive the momentum and this book mostly does the trick It stalls out in certain sections, but having another timeline to jump back to makes up for much of that Meandering is pretty much inevitable in the big doorstop, it is baked in, the important thing is whether you want to keep coming back to it and I always did What s particularly impressive is that I wasn t really reading to find out the Why, which is usually the horror novel way I just wanted to see what happened to these characters, how they would crack under the intensifying conditions You do get the Why, but Danforth wisely doesn t dive all the way into it, you have to leave a little mystery and I think she gets the balance just right Readers who are not usually that into horror will find a lot to enjoy here, though the book is not trying to be sneaky about what it is It starts right off with a rather gruesome pair of deaths and it tells you that is what it s going to do, who will die and how is right up front, as is the unique voice and style of the unnamed narrator and this is clearly Just the Beginning But while there may be a Big Unspeakable Evil, there is so muchI am sure queer readers will approach with both excitement and caution Several queer women die in this book So let s just get that right out in the open And there is queer suffering in this book, but there is a lot less of it than you expect Mostly it s from our early 1900 s storyline, a time when girls are allowed to fall in love but only while at school with other girls and then they must go off and marry men The book starts with a man being mad at a woman for not being womanly enough and indulging in general sapphic inappropriateness, but that first chapter is about as much as you ll get for the rest of it The general difficulty of being a queer woman in the early 1900 s is certainly a part of the story, but actually our protagonists of the time have a pretty good situation for themselves and are able to live basically how they like You get plenty of indulging in happy early 20th century lesbians along with the horrors a horror novel promises And then we have the contrast with our modern protagonists, a trio of young queer women including celesbian Harper whose queerness is almost never a hindrance to their lives My critiques are pretty minor Our present day trio, Harper, Audrey, and Merritt, each get shortchanged in slightly different ways We get so much of Merritt s prickliness and frustration that we get none of her identity as an artist Harper almost disappears part way through the book for structural suspense reasons but the loss is felt And Audrey, having to do so much of the latter half s plot, becomes flat on the page, so consumed with the plot that we lose her as a person But with critiques this specific, you have to actually be good With many horror novels I don t get to know characters well enough to get anywhere near this kind of criticism The horror relies too heavily on the same few cues and the premise of the present day storyline removes much suspense and the growing dread I would have liked But I can t be mad, I didn t want to worry that much about the safety of the characters, honestly The narration is also worth discussing It is its own character, even if it doesn t make it clear exactly who it is It is definitely someone, there is far too much happening in the text and the abundant footnotes for it to be omniscience Good horror knows when to let you relax and laugh, and this is one of the ways this book is smartest.I wasn t sure what to expect from this book, but it definitely exceeded my expectations, both as someone who loves queer fiction and as someone who loves horror a highbrow horror comedy centered around a New England boarding school for girls, with a dual timeline narrative split between 1902 and modern day, focusing on the mysterious deaths that led to the school s closing, and a new horror movie being filmed on the school s grounds that is soon plagued by dark and haunting incidents i fucking love boarding schools and split timelines so p l e a s e b e g o o d insta twitter blog booksirens duolingo a highbrow horror comedy centered around a New England boarding school for girls, with a dual timeline narrative split between 1902 and modern day, focusing on the mysterious deaths that led to the school s closing, and a new horror movie being filmed on the school s grounds that is soon plagued by dark and haunting incidents i fucking love boarding schools and split timelines so p l e a s e b e g o o d insta twitter blog booksirens duolingo A new all time favorite So gothic and so queer Smart funny and sometimes grossly horrific I am completely enad A new all time favorite So gothic and so queer Smart funny and sometimes grossly horrific I am completely enad watch this become my favorite book of 2021 I was loving this book until it was like wait what it s ending It was a surprisingly fast and enjoyable read for me I thought the characters were really well done, particularly the modern women It was one of the first modern books like handled modernity in easily and naturally I do think this book could have been cut down a bit and the author did have a habit of adding many ridiculously small comments and details that I don t think were essential for the voice of the novel which was stron I was loving this book until it was like wait what it s ending It was a surprisingly fast and enjoyable read for me I thought the characters were really well done, particularly the modern women It was one of the first modern books like handled modernity in easily and naturally I do think this book could have been cut down a bit and the author did have a habit of adding many ridiculously small comments and details that I don t think were essential for the voice of the novel which was strong enough as it was, but they hardly took me out of the story I read an ARC and the astricks in here are so INSANELY small, I missed them half of the time and I hardly ever enjoyed the footnotes, a huge example of the novel s sense of humor that was sometimes a little too much , so I hope they fix that in the finished novel I loved how the author handled its queer characters, which essentially made up the entire cast apart from a few side characters who were shoved in at the end for an unsatisfying explanation white straight guys Though we do spend time in therestrictive Victorian era, queer love is accepted as natural for most of the novel and not completely character defining which is incredibly refreshing in the age of diversity for profit It was awesome being introduced to Mary McLane and of course using censored literature as the source of a curse is awesome, and it should have been explored eventbh But the ending I guess it did a good job imitating the sense of bewilderment and disappointment I usually feel at the end of horror movies I m in it, this seems wild, I m expecting something good, something to tie things together, give some answers, maybe open up to something profound, but usually I m just left scratching my head I guess it works in the sense that I want to talk to people about the book and get their take on what exactly the curse was, what the obsession with France was, who were half of these people, what actually happened, but also I m feel snuffed enough that I don t care view spoiler I m happy no one died in modern times I m very sick of dead lesbians hide spoiler But for me the ending fell really flat Half of the characters involved in the curse were completely underdeveloped and rushed which is ridiculous when it s a 600 page novel It s like the good people are done really well and the villains, meh they are bad you know, what else is there to say But even saying that, I wantedout of Harper Harper especially and even Merritt and Audrey kind of fell into the pit of their role eventually The pacing definitely needs to be tweaked in my opinion and because of that, I have a hard time completely recommending it to people, but I probably will because I want to hear your theories on the ending Plain Bad Heroines is turn of the century queer boarding school horror and then some It is not just a book within a book It is a book about a book about a book No wait It s about a movie about a book within a book And did I mention someone in the book is writing a book about the movie about a book about a book Anyway, I think you get it It s a complicated idea that doesn t feel complicated at all when you re reading it It feels twisty and magical And creepy So creepy I made the mistak Plain Bad Heroines is turn of the century queer boarding school horror and then some It is not just a book within a book It is a book about a book about a book No wait It s about a movie about a book within a book And did I mention someone in the book is writing a book about the movie about a book about a book Anyway, I think you get it It s a complicated idea that doesn t feel complicated at all when you re reading it It feels twisty and magical And creepy So creepy I made the mistake of reading it outside where flying bugs live and almost jumped out of my skin An example of how much I liked this book this book has a ton of very clever footnotes, but the arc I received was only downloadable in Adobe Digital Editions 1.3 rating in the app store if that gives you an idea of how bad it is and the footnotes caused the app to freeze continuously But I kept reading the book And I read every footnote And it was totally worth it Fans of gothic fiction, horror flicks, queer romance both contemporary and historical and books within books, this is the book of the year for you emily danforth has interwoven two tales around a haunted girls school and the real memoir of an out bisexual woman in the early 1900s It s a book about the filming of a story and the original story Plus it has a running commentary by the narrator in footnotes It s voluptuous It s delicious It s my favorite horror fiction of the year and I hope Fans of gothic fiction, horror flicks, queer romance both contemporary and historical and books within books, this is the book of the year for you emily danforth has interwoven two tales around a haunted girls school and the real memoir of an out bisexual woman in the early 1900s It s a book about the filming of a story and the original story Plus it has a running commentary by the narrator in footnotes It s voluptuous It s delicious It s my favorite horror fiction of the year and I hope it wins all sorts of prizes You had me at New England and boarding schools.


About the Author: Emily M. Danforth

emily m danforth s first novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a coming of GAYge story set largely in Miles City, Montana, the cattle ranching town where she was born and raised It was made into a feature film of the same name in 2018.emily s second novel is a sapphic gothic comedy titled Plain Bad Heroines Plain Bad Heroines is set largely in Rhode Island, the state where she s lived for almost a decade with her wife Erica and two dogs, Kevin and Sally O Malley emily has her MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska Lincoln For several years, she was an Assistant Professor of English at Rhode Island college emily has also worked as a lifeguard, a swim instructor, a bartender, a waiter, an aquatics director at a YWCA, a door to door salesperson for one summer in college , and a telemarketer for about 2 weeks in college.emily favorite slasher movie is April Fool s Day 1986 Her favorite drink is iced coffee with extra ice Followed closely by the Aperol Spritz.


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