Later today my book group is discussing I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This classic British story first came out in 1948 and has delighted readers for many years. I will have a full report on our discussion later in the week.
But today I want to share something I was thinking of as I ready the novel. The book is written as journal entries by a 15 year old girl named Cassandra. But the entire time I just kept thinking, she is just like Flavia de Luce from the Alan Bradley mystery series. Click here to read how much I adore Flavia.
In fact, if I only had 2 minutes to describe I Capture the Castle to someone, I would begin by asking if they like Flavia and move on from there. I would describe the older book in relation to a Flavia novel.
However, I had to keep reminding myself that Cassandra is not like Flavia, rather, Flavia is obviously inspired by Cassandra. Both are young girls who used to be wealthy, living in dilapidated grand homes in the British countryside during the same era (1948 and 1951). They both are quite bright, but still naive, which makes them extremely compelling as narrators. Also Cassandra's sister totally reminded me of Flavia's sisters.
Personally, I like the Flavia books more, but it is mostly because of the writing style. Since the Flavia books are written now, they have a more modern story telling technique.
The similarities were astonishing to me, and yet, I never read an interview or review of Bradley's work which mentions the connection. And I have read a lot about Bradley since I like Flavia so much.
This got me wondering how many other characters out there now, remind people of characters from the past.
So for today's Monday Discussion, let me know of any past characters who you see reflected in some of your favorite characters today.
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