Friday, November 8, 2013

Five of the least desirable fictional roommates

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Melissa Albert highlighted five interesting fictional characters who would make undesirable roommates. One entry on the list:
Miss Havisham.

Even if she offers to pay ALL the rent, you still shouldn’t move in with Miss Havisham. Not only will she leave rotten wedding cake on the counter for literally years, she’ll also never leave the house. Looking forward to some alone time? Just when you think you’re the only one in the house, what you thought was a pile of dirty laundry sitting in the corner will suddenly stand up and totter toward you. Surprise! It was Havisham all along.
Read about the other characters on the list.

Great Expectations appears on Janice Clark's list of seven top novels about the horrors of adolescence, Amy Wilkinson's list of five books Kate Middleton should have read while waiting to give birth, Kate Clanchy's top ten list of novels that reflect the real qualities of adolescence, Joseph Olshan's list of six favorite books, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best clocks in literature, ten of the best appropriate deaths in literature, ten of the best castles in literature, ten of the best Hamlets, ten of the best card games in literature, and ten best list of fights in fiction. It also made Tony Parsons' list of the top ten troubled males in fiction, David Nicholls' top ten list of literary tear jerkers, and numbers among Kurt Anderson's five most essential books. The novel is #1 on Melissa Katsoulis' list of "twenty-five films that made it from the book shelf to the box office with credibility intact."

Read an 1861 review of "Great Expectations".

--Marshal Zeringue