Regular readers of Brontë Babe Blog will know by now how much I love not only the works of the Brontë siblings, but works inspired by them. In the past year I've discovered some truly wonderful Brontë inspired fiction including Lena Coakley's Worlds of Ink and Shadow; Juliet Bell's re-imagining of Wuthering Heights, The Heights, and, my… Continue reading Without the Veil Between, Anne Brontë: A Fine and Subtle Spirit by DM Denton
In addition to featuring posts on the works of the Brontës, I also like to discover and post about Brontë inspired fiction. This time it's the turn of Lena Coakley's 2016 novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës, which I recently finished reading and included on my list of 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës. Like Catherynne M. Valente's The Glass Town Game, this is a narrative which focuses on the Brontës' early writings, or juvenilia, set in their fictional fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Gondal, and Angria. I'm going to avoid spoilers in this post and attempt to review by summarising and sharing my overall thoughts on the text. Forgive my digressions on the history of the Brontë juvenilia, but why write a review of a text based on it without bothering to mention it?
The Glass Town Game is a 2017 children's novel by Catherynne M. Valente which is based on, you guessed it, the juvenilia of the Brontë siblings. As I'm not simply a diehard Brontëite, but also very slightly obsessed with the worlds of Glass Town and Angria, this was a book I just had to read. I was not familiar with Valente's work before stumbling across a mention of The Glass Town Game somewhere in the depths of book reviews on WordPress, so I didn't really know what to expect.