Do the British Tell Better Stories?

Month: August 2016

Do the British Tell Better Stories?

Sometimes my Facebook news feed can be uncanny. I haven’t been Googling for information about fantasy and the supernatural in American fiction, but I have been thinking about it now that we’re watching Penny Dreadful and Stranger Things on Netflix. This morning Colleen Gillard’s article “Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories” from January 6, 2016, popped up in my feed, and I’ve been thinking about it for the last few hours. I don’t disagree with Gillard’s general premise, but with more consideration of context and literary history, it could have been so much richer. Gillard blames the Puritans (it

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