Sunday, March 31, 2019

Miranda in Milan, by Katharine Duckett

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(Fantasy Shakespearean Pastiche) After the events of The Tempest, Miranda finds herself in Milan worrying about her father’s behavior and trying to find out what really happened to her mother. (40,111 words; Time: 2h:13m)

You need to at least read a synopsis of The Tempest to appreciate this story.

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Review: 2019.188 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Prior to reading this story, I reread The Tempest, and I was pleased to see how many little references to the play turned up in the story.

Con: It’s tempting to dismiss the whole story as slash fiction. All the men are villains, but all the women have enlightened, politically correct, 21st-Century sensibilities.

Even if we give it a bit more credit than that, it certainly isn’t respectful of the characters described in Shakespeare’s play. The worst is how it turns Prospero into a violent monster who didn’t want his daughter to marry Fernando. It partly rehabilitates Antonio, even though in the play we see him urging Sebastian to murder his own brother.

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