Day 24 (Book that you wish more people would’ve read) | The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Though the stories contained in The Bloody Chamber are fantastic, it is beautiful just to hear them read aloud or to enjoy the words on the page in and of themselves. Content aside for a moment, this book is one of the most well-written pieces of literature I have have consumed. Angela Carter’s writing just leaves you in awe. She has such a profound vocabulary and she applies it in a way that seems so effortless. I would say she is one of the writers I could only over hope to be half as good as. For that reason alone I think her work should be more widely recognized. However, the content itself is also very interesting. Even if you’re not into the actual literary craft and would not find interest in the mechanics of the text, the stories in The Bloody Chamber are unique.
The Bloody Chamber is a collection of short stories that all revolve around the fairy tale tradition. Original fairy tales such as Bluebeard, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast are all reworked to emphasize aspects of the original fairy tales that were already existing, or at least things that Angela Carter saw in the originals. Most of the stories have dark undertones, some of them being just straight up bizarre. From creepy husbands with strange sexual fetishes to a frail vampire searching for true love to a feral child trying to find her friend in the palace of a ghoulish Lord, this book has a little bit of everything morbid. My favorites in the collection are “The Bloody Chamber,” “The Erl King,” and “Lady in the House of Love.”
This is a really underrated book and sometimes I wish more people had read it so I could discuss it with them. The darkness of these fairy tale adaptations, accompanied by the spectacular writing, make it a real treat to read.