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It seems, I have been reading many deliciously gothic novels recently. Well, I am not complaining! Affinity is yet another addition to my love for anything gothic. Sarah Waters, who is considered the "Queen of Victorian Gothic novels", churns out yet another winner.
I had a very clear vision, of Selina with her hair about her shoulders, a crimson hat upon her head, a velvet coat, ice-skates - I must have been remembering some picture. I imagined myself beside her, the air coming sharply into our mouths. I imagined how it would be if I took her, not to Italy, but only to Marishes, to my sister's house; if I sat with her at supper, and shared her room, and kissed her - The novel was adapted into a screenplay by Andrew Davies. A feature film based on Davies' adaptation of Affinity premiered on 19 June 2008 at the opening night of Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, at the Castro Theater.  
The Victorian prison system was abysmal for inmates. The idea of spending years with the notion of no news of the outside, four visits from family a year, questionable food quality, poor healthcare in poor living conditions, religious reading only, nothing to write with, and your entire focus should be rethinking your life choices and how to be better. It made me wonder if this actually worked as a crime deterrent. There is a repeat inmate in the book so I'm not sure how well it works. a b c d e Waters, Sarah. "Biography". sarahwaters.com. Archived from the original on 17 February 2007 . Retrieved 24 February 2007.
She shook her head, and closed her eyes. I felt her weariness then, and with it, my own. I felt it dark and heavy upon me, darker and heavier than any drug they ever gave me - it seemed heavy as death. I looked at the bed. I have seemed to see our kisses there sometimes, I've seen them hanging in the curtains, like bats, ready to swoop. Now, I thought, I might jolt the post and they would only fall, and shatter, and turn to powder.”Since turning 50 she has felt more at ease. “For all of my 40s I was really conscious of being an old young person. But suddenly I felt like a young old person and that was much more liberating,” she says. “And I’m quite looking forward to my 60s, because everyone says that in your 60s you are really calm and you don’t have any regrets any more.” Sarah Ann Waters OBE (born 21 July 1966 ) is a Welsh novelist. She is best known for her novels set in Victorian society and featuring lesbian protagonists, such as Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith. There’s something in this house that hates us,” Caroline Ayres ( Ruth Wilson) whispers towards the end of the new film adaptation of Sarah Waters’s 2009 novel The Little Stranger. Waters describes the novel as “a sort of supernatural country house whodunit”, and of all her books, it “is the one right from the heart of me … It’s the book that my 10-year-old self was destined to write. I was really into the gothic as a kid, and loved watching horror films.” So the idea that it has now become a horror film is “incredibly pleasing”.
El argumento es muy interesante. La ambientación genial, como en todas sus novelas, con ese aire victoriano, en las que es muy fácil sumergirse en los escenarios que está describiendo. Pero algo me ha flojeado, no sé si los personajes o bien el desarrollo de la trama la cual he encontrado demasiado lenta.
The story is alternatingly told by Selina and Margaret, who are so well described and developed, as to almost be in the room with me as they speak. So emotionally complex, multi-faceted, raw and passionate, yet unimaginably vulnerable and so totally distant that I was unable to connect with either of them on any level. Waters, Sarah (1994). " 'A Girton Girl on a throne': Queen Christina and versions of lesbianism, 1906-1933". Feminist Review (46): 41–60. doi: 10.2307/1395418. JSTOR 1395418.