Are you drawn to a certain type of book? What genre do you enjoy reading (or avoid at all costs!)? It's day 23 of the #llfbookchallenge17
My favourite genre is one people seem to either love or hate: Horror. But I'm not talking 'slasher-gore-jump out of your skin' kind of horror; far from it. Rather, I like supernatural gothic tales full of atmosphere, suspense and an impending sense of doom. Slow burners that lure you in, unsettle you, jangle your nerves, and wring out your emotions.
Daphne du Maurier and Susan Hill are probably my two favourite authors from this genre as they are masters at creating atmosphere and letting a story slowly envelop the reader. It's probably no coincidence that my favourite film is Nicolas Roeg's "Don't Look Now" (based on du Maurier's short story of the same name).
Personally I blame Sheila K. McCullagh! My love of the supernatural-horror genre began when I was an impressionable 5/6 year old and my school used the "Tim and the Hidden People" reading scheme. It was a series of books featuring a talking cat, witches, magic and ghostly adventures (usually occurring under the cover of darkness).
I also remember my teacher wheeling out a giant tv on a regular basis so the class could watch "Dark Towers" which was an educational BBC tv series about a haunted house, obligatory ghosts and a mysterious legend.
Growing up in the 1980s there seemed to be an abundance of spooky children's tv programmes adapted from books. "Moondial", "The Children of Green Knowe", "Tom's Midnight Garden" and "The Box of Delights" were my firm favourites.
Do you remember watching any of these programmes? Or maybe you preferred the books they were based on? What's your favourite book genre?
Botanical bliss ~ Saturday escape with the @nationaltrust ~ #beltonhouse featured in one of my favourite childhood dramas #moondial and continues to be one of my favourite NT properties to visit. Go see the #orangery for a healthy dose of self soothing
@bryophyta2000 tries to work out how the #moondial works. I was so excited to see a moondial after the moondial at Belton House that was actually just a sundial. This is actually a #sundial too. But after the clocks went forward last night, sadly on the wrong time.
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