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Evil is On The Rise: Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange

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Wickham's Diary
Wickham’s Diary

The most interesting villain stories are told from the inside. It’s pat and easy to tell the story of a villain from the point of view of those who are affected by his villainy, but as no villain is evil in his own mind (or at least his actions feel necessary), interior villains have been the stuff of literature since Frankenstein.

Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange s a short work, barely classifying as a novel, though it’s sold in novel form. I read it in a long soaking bath plus a few minutes before bed. I liked it. It doesn’t rehash the events of Pride and Prejudice, instead being a ‘prequel’, leading us through the life choices that get Wickham to the beginning of the novel.

As a person who deals with people living with the consequences of mental illness, addiction, and poor choices for a living, I was impressed with Grange’s grasp of the nuances of why people do what they do. Wickham was well sketched, if not exactly sympathetic.

Like watching the young Anakin Skywalker screw up in the Star Wars sequels, knowing the outcome leads one to be constantly thinking ‘No! Don’t do that! It’s going to turn out badly for you!’

It also made me think of the song from Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog quoted in the title of this post.

I picked Wickham’s Diary up from my local library and gobbled it down. If you’re an Austenalia fan, I suggest you do the same.

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