It is easy to be too harsh on this novel: as the founder of an entire genre, one which flourishes to this day in literature, cinema, and other media, Otranto has been surpassed by more famous successors. It is hard to view it as its original audience did, since we are privy to the classic conventions of the genre and a little removed from the melodramatic flourishes of the story. However, Otranto is still quite enjoyable. I was able to finish it in three sittings.
I wasn’t expecting much from this story, I thought it would be a bit flimsy in plot and substance but it’s not exactly a book to ignore when you’re reading through the Gothic classics.
I found myself quite enjoying the story though. Why the women in these novels are always so willing to forgive is beyond me and why they don’t ever expect something bad to happen is incomprehensible but it was over the top fun and a cute romance.
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