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Blameless Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

Gentle Reader, here is a blast from the past for you. This blog post is all about extra bits relating to Blameless.

Blameless Cover Art

First off, we’ll start with the infamous cover art video!

Research & Characters

DELETED BITS from Blameless

In Which Alexia Compares Marriage to Kidnapping

Due, she suspected, entirely to the interference of Lord Conall Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, circumstances had arranged for Alexia to experience a series of kidnappings that culminated in a rather more long term version of the uncomfortable experience, if marriage can be referred to as such. Which, she felt, marriage to Lord Maccon, could be. Or was she, perhaps, besmirching the reputation of imprisonments everywhere through such a comparison?

Regardless, it appeared she was currently embroiled in yet another state of abduction. Although, it must be admitted, she wasn’t entirely certain that being confined to ones well-appointed room, with a delicious view of Italy’s premier artistic city could be, rightly, referred to as being kidnapped. It certainly was, so far, working out better than her marriage, but she did feel ever-so-slightly imprisoned. Since the Templars seemed to have discovered her weakness, and had been plying her with gnocchi and pesto for the entire day, she was, for the moment, disinclined to complain about the situation. She was even allowed regular trips to the library. She was not allowed into the city anymore, but this seemed a small price to pay for unending pesto and library privileges. However, as they appeared to believe they could keep her in such a state for the next seven months or so, she was figuring that at some point her love of the little green covered dumplings might deteriorate enough for her to contemplate escape. As it was, she was happy to chew and stare out into the orange glory of the Italian landscape with a head full of mild speculation and a hope for Floote and Genevieve’s safety.

Her peace was only broken by occasional visits from Mr. Lange-Wilsdorf, who insisted on running a series of intrusive and occasionally embarrassing tests, after which he would vanish once more, muttering to himself in his own language. No Templar, including the preceptor, intruded upon her peace and quiet, and if Alexia missed the bumbling clattering noises of Woolsey castle and its hairy inhabitants she did not admit it, even to herself. After the excitement of her European Tour so far, she was happy for the break, at least she was not running from anything, whacking at anyone, or passing out. Life, it might even be said, was looking up.

In Which the Origins of Ivy’s Letter are Discussed

Floote having – though some miraculous feet of butler-dum – hired a pony and trap to take their luggage back through the town, turned up at Alexia’s elbow. “If you are through here, madam?”
His tone, Alexia noticed, was unwarranted in its sharpness. “Something troubling you, Floote?”
“That letter is dangerous, madam.”
Alexia looked with shock at the innocent apple-blossom scented communiqué. “Is it really? Who would have thought?” Hurriedly she tucked it up one sleeve and followed her personal secretary towards the hired cart.
Floote explained. “Not in what in contains, madam, but in what it represents. If the honorable Mrs. Tunstell has managed to track us down here, then the vampires certainly cannot be far behind.”
Alexia considered the obsession. “Indeed. You raise very good question, Floote, how did Ivy manage such a thing?” She examined the outside of the letter. “It looks as though it came through to Monsieur Trouvé via your university contacts, Madame Lefoux. Your ghostly Aunt must have known where to send it and directed Ivy accordingly. I can’t imagine Ivy consulting with a ghost, but there you have it.”
“Oh dear,” Madame Lefoux looked apprehensive. “I did not mean to put any of my friends or scientific acquaintances in danger.”
Alexia nodded her agreement. “Nor I. After all, the vampires are after me. I do hope your associates remain unmolested. What about Monsieur Trouvé?”
Madame Lefoux sidled up to Alexia and nodded downwards. The Frenchwoman opened her tightly closed fist and flashed Alexia a peek of some small object she held clutched in her hand. It was a tiny brass octopus.
“Oh!” Alexia’s voice was soft. “Is that what was left sitting atop your hatbox! Is it a sign?”
Madame Lefoux began to explain in hushed tones, “Well, you see back when –”
Floote interrupted, sharply. “I think perhaps we ought to think on our own safety, for the moment, ladies.”

On the Danger of a Fly to One’s Reputation

Those few cabs that were available were all hansoms. While Alexia admitted a two-seat fly was speedy and agile, she couldn’t get over her feeling that it was a rather racy mode of transport for a mature lady. She preferred a proper coach. But she had to cast her scruples aside for Madame Lefoux and Floote swung themselves in with alacrity into the first fly that stopped and Alexia had no choice but to follow.

In Which Floote Talks (too much) About Alessandro Tarabotti

Floote cleared his throat delicately. “Perhaps we should return to our quarters, ladies. We are perilously close to being observed in familial proximity.”
Floote drew Alexia aside once they reached their apartments on a lower deck. Madame Lefoux having gone, so she said, to ‘handle the mustache.’
“He did come to see you once, madam. He watched you crawl about, from across Hyde Park, using a spyglass. You were still in nappies.”
“A spyglass? How reassuring.”
Floote gave a funny little half shoulder twitch that Alexia suspected was his version of a shrug. “If you knew Mr. Tarabotti, you would realize, that was practically a declaration of undying affection.”
“Not very demonstrative, my dad?”
“About as affectionate as a poisonous jellyfish, and just as easy to keep hold of.”
Alexia wrinkled her nose, “Yeach.”
“Just so, madam.”
Floote turned to leave.
“But Floote, I thought you liked my father.”
Floote’s perennially stiff back, stiffened ever so slightly more.
“Good evening, madam,” he said, in his no nonsense voice.
Alexia knew that tone well enough; she would get no more out of him tonight. “Good evening, Floote.”

Praise for Blameless

  • Review of Blameless in Portuguese by Over Shock.
    Lost in Librolandia says: “I cannot recommend this series enough! Honestly, if you are not reading Gail Carriger, you are severely deprived of the most amazing witty banter I have ever read. Her writing is superb!”
  • Blogger Lé Pimenta says: “O protetorado da sombrinha não é somente mais uma serie sobrenatural salpicada de romance ou vice versa e sim algo novo, criativo e descaradamente sarcástico que promove um enredo de tirar o fôlego e idéias novas sobre como misturar todo esse mundo que falei acima acrescentando a era vitoriana e personagens e objetos encontrados nos livros de ficção cientifica e é o desenvolvimento da ideia que faz com que cada novo livro da série seja único e divertidíssimo.”
  • Thanny of Who’s Thanny? says: “Os livros anteriores eram incríveis, mas esse aqui? Esse é espetacular! Com mais ação, como no primeiro livro, cheio de novas informações sobre a mitologia criada/explorada por Carriger e divertidíssimo como ela nunca tinha sido, passar por cada página do livro foi extremamente fácil assim que começado, e era com dor no coração que se chegava às últimas páginas.”
  • Britt Kris from For the Love of the Read says:
    “This is the third in the Parasol Protectorate series, and I enjoyed this one as much as the other two. The writing style follows the same pattern as the other books, with characters speaking in a dialogue appropriate for the indicated time period but also utilizes humor to keep the reader interested.”

{Coop de Book: Gail’s monthly read along for July is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.}

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  • Meat Cute ~ A Parasolverse Short
    Status: Rough draft complete. Layaway.
    Possible anchor short story for Secret Project A or SS collected/omnibus in 2018 0r 2019.

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Contemporary m/m paranormal romance featuring a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

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Your Tisane of Smart . . .

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A Very Alexia Christmas (Amended Reboot)

Posted by Gail Carriger

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Lord Akeldama, however, is overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pudding, above.)

3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan. Unfortunately, swans are protected by the queen, so we can’t eat them. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable palates. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly delicious and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

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{Gail’s monthly read along for December is Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins.}

PROJECT ROUND UP  

  • Romancing the Werewolf ~ A Supernatural Society Novella
    Status: Rough Draft.
    LBGTQ reunion romance featuring your favorite reluctant werewolf dandy, the return of a certain quietly efficient Beta, and a very unexpected gift.
  • Secret Project SAS ~ Novel
    Status: First draft done. Resting before second draft.
    Contemporary m/m paranormal romance between a snarky mage and a gruff werewolf. Hella raunchy. Super dirty. Very very fun. Spin off of Marine Biology.

OUT NOW

Romancing the Inventor

Romancing the Inventor: A Supernatural Society Novella

A steampunk lesbian romance featuring a maid bent on seducing a brilliant cross-dressing scientist who’s too brokenhearted to notice. Or is she?

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Your Moment of Parasol . . .

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Your Infusion of Cute . . .

The Camelback Library

Your Tisane of Smart . . .

9 Rules for Female Travelers from the Victorian Era

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  

The Hybrid Author: Everything You Need to Know

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Soulless Special Edition Extras ~ Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I do apologize, Gentle Reader, but it seems that the special editions of Soulless in hardcover are delayed. Subterranean now estimated March 16th. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do about it, would that there were. The hard cover has been a while in coming, six years or more, so I hope it’s not too bad to wait a few more weeks? In recompense, I give you some deleted bits from my first book from way back when.

Please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

DELETED BITS from Soulless

The Hypocras Club Objectives
* Attentiveness — Identify and understand the supernatural threat, assess vulnerabilities, determine potential impacts and disseminate information to our members and security partners.
* Preclusion — Detect, deter and mitigate the supernatural threat to the commonwealth.
* Precaution — Safeguard normal humans and their freedoms, and maintain critical infrastructure and intellectual advancement of the scientific community.

1870s  antique-royals tumblr

Alexia’s Father’s Journal
Ivy had always been faintly cheered by the fact that should a marriage bed ever be in her future, she could go to Alexia for an explanation of what might occur there. Sadly for Miss Hisselpenny, such an explanation was likely to contain concepts that would shock the most experienced whore down dockside, let alone a gently bred lady. Mr. Tarabotti had had very exotic interests indeed, and Alexia hadn’t the experience to provide any kind of filter.

{Gail’s monthly read along for February is Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper Book 1 by Tamora Pierce.}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Edgar Degas (French artist, 1834–1917)  In the Tuileries, Woman with a Parasol

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

 Victorian Era Pocket Watch Spy Camera – c.1890 via steampunktendancies tumblr

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
19th Century Fortune Telling: From the Drawing Room to the Court Room

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Periodic Table of Storytelling

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Poison or Protect ~ A Delightfully Deadly Novella. Reworking & trimming. Release date to come. Gail’s first foray into hybrid land, featuring a grown up and several-times widowed Preshea and the gentle Scottish captain who could change everything.



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 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

 
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Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;
The Curious Case (featuring Alessandro Tarabotti)

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A Very Alexia Christmas

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Reminder! There is a poll going right now here on this blog, just to your left. See it? Just there. Sadly not mobile friendly. Someday blogspot will allow incorporated polls, but until then I apprciate your humoring them, and me.
~ Gail

And now for the blog…

Lady Maccon, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Her sisters are overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pud, above.)

3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan and, unfortunately, swans are protected by Queen Victoria. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable pallets. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood, resulting in a truly excellent and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

Queen Victoria and Her Grandson dine in 1899.
Victorian Christmas

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1915 British Paintings tumblr Fashion 1915

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Queen Victoria’s children photographed by Roger Fenton in Tableaux of the Seasons, 1854.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Zeppelin: Aboard ‘the hotel in the sky’

Your Writerly Tinctures . . . 
Literary Advent Calendar

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Edit pass. Releases July 19, 2016 in print & eBook to US.
  • Secret Project Novella 1 ~ Gail’s first foray into hybrid land. Working rough draft.



Gail Carriger’s Books! 

 The Finishing School Series (1850s ~ completed)
1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies,
3 Waistcoats & Weaponry, 4 Manners & Mutiny

 

The Parasol Protectorate Series (1870s ~ completed)
1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless

 The Custard Protocol Series (1890s ~ ongoing)
1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence (July 19, 2016)

Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels (1870s)
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only)
Marine Biology; My Sister’s Song; Fairy Debt;

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“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
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Easter Egg Extras ~ Prudence Deleted Scenes

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

So I’ve updated the website with a few deleted scenes from Prudence for your amusement.

Deleted Scenes from Prudence

Since this series is currently being written, please be aware that deleted scenes may and often do contain spoilers for this series AND both other series (since this is chronologically last). Read at your own risk.

Dama & Uncle Rabiffano Conflict over Shopping with Rue & Primrose

Dama took Prim’s deviance from her mother’s questionable taste as a point of personal pride. When, in fact, Rue suspected Uncle Rabiffano had more of an effect. Uncle Rabiffano was a very odd sort of werewolf. He often shopped with them, and was always open to advise on outfit coordination, hair, and hats. Adoring him as she did, Primrose was wide open to his influence. Fortunately, Uncle Biffy was the most fashionable member of Rue’s father’s household. Which wasn’t saying much, when one considered Lord Maccon and his pack. But was saying a great deal if pitted against Rue’s adopted father and all the drones. Lord Akeldama’s taste was flashy, Uncle Rabiffano’s was elegant. Both girls had adored Dama’s style when they were six, but now they sought Rabiffano’s council and Lord Akeldama’s approval afterward. It was a delicate wardrobe situation that Rue only managed to balance because the two gentlemen lived in separate houses. They both knew, of course, that the other had influence. It took a great deal of wheedling to convince each that the other didn’t have too much influence.

Rue’s Mother’s Profession

Her mother’s profession, that of secret preternatural adviser to Queen Victoria, sometime spymaster, and member of the Shadow Council, was supposed to be just that . . . secret. Only Britain’s most respectable vampires and werewolves, and a select handful of progressive politicians, even knew of the Shadow Council’s existence, let alone the muhjah. Rue had never quite figured out what her mother specifically did, but it certainly kept said mother busy most nights. Her Paw had once said, not entirely sarcastically, that, “It is a position that allows my darling wife to meddle on as wide a scale as possible. She has the whole Empire to organize and terrorize. Keeps her mostly out of household business, offspring. I should be grateful, if I were you.” Rue had taken this as advice, and given her mother’s personality, been very grateful indeed.

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{Gail’s monthly read along for June is: Uprooted by Naomi Novik}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Longchamps feathered parasol | Feathers fluff) via fawnvelveteen tumblr

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Epic underwater harbour chase between an octopus and crab caught on camera

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
A sense of class

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
5 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Book Editor

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Final stages.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

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The Intellectual Salon ~ Ofelia & Alexia

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, please welcome Clare P to our little assembly. Some time ago Clare wrote an essay on Alexia and I asked if I might showcase it here. Sadly it has been too long since I made that request, but I found it hiding out in my pending file and brushed it off. I hope you enjoy her offering, long as it has been in coming.

Without further ado I present unto you…

Ophelia and Alexia

by Clare P
Alexia from Gail Carrigers’s novel Soulless, and Ofelia from Del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth, have a striking number of similarities. Not only are they both undeniably rebellious but the common character they represent is widespread throughout literature. I argue that this unruly character they embody is so appealing to read about because they represent someone people wish they could be—themselves. This familiar disobedient character breaks the moulds that others have imposed upon them and is self expressive and defiant, despite the consequences we commonly fear.

1870s Parasol Fashion Plate via michaelmoonsbookshop tumblr
Alexia Tarabotti is supposed to embody the perfect Victorian woman. The ideal 19th century Victorian woman is to be conservatively calm, serious, tasteful, educated (but only to spare her husband and family from embarrassment), and was often considered a possession of the family. Alexia has most certainly not conformed to what was intended for her. Lord Maccon frequently complains about how mouthy and cheeky Alexia is, which is undoubtedly not acceptable if one is to be the faultless Victorian woman. One of the most important values imposed on Victorian women is the value of family; women were often married young in order to start having children sooner. Alexia can be considered the opposite of what these values put forth. Neither of the two fundamental perfect Victorian women’s values of getting married and having children are appeased by Alexia.
Alexia’s mother attempts to secure one of these core Victorian women’s principles—matrimony, by forcing Lord Maccon to take her hand in marriage. However, Alexia’s dialog shows just how assertive she is. “I will not marry under duress, Mama. Nor will I force the earl into such bondage. Lord Maccon has not tendered me an offer, and I will not have him commit unwillingly. Don’t you dare press the issue!” (Soulless, page 211). This quote reveals how assertive Alexia is and how marriage, one of the values she should be pursuing, is not of the utmost importance to her. On top of these already striking differences between Alexia and the perfect Victorian woman, it is also subtly noted multiple times in the novel that Alexia is often kissing Lord Maccon, although they only have a casual relationship. Such a thing would be unthinkable to the truly perfect Victorian woman.

1870s Parasol Fashion Plate via michaelmoonsbookshop tumblr
Now that it is clear Alexia is not conforming to the mould she was intended to, the novel further emphasizes it by presenting her half-sisters, the Loontwill girls. Felicity and Evylin are the blatant opposite of Alexia and flawlessly fit the template of being the perfect Victorian women. “No one upon meeting the three together would have though Alexia related to the other two at all” (page 27). Not only do the Loontwill girls look different but they are intellectually inferior to Alexia, like the typical basic educated Victorian woman is. To further contrast Alexia, her half-sisters are much more set on those core values a perfect Victorian woman should possess—such as marriage.
Ofelia from Pan’s Labyrinth, like Alexia, also has an idyllic mould already picked out for her. Because she is a woman in Spain during the fascist regime, her role is to be mature, obedient, and submissive, with the same core goals in mind as Alexia, to be a child bearer and faithful wife. Like Alexia and her character foils, the Loontwill half-sisters, Ofelia also arguably has one—her mother, Carmen. Carmen can be seen as the ideal woman in times of fascist regime. Although her origin qualifies her to be of unequal status, compared to her new husband, Captain Vidal, her demeanour, attitude and goals seem to match quite perfectly to those of a principle woman in fascist rule. She follows orders from Captain Vidal to move to the mill where he is located although it was not advised to travel so late in the pregnancy for health reasons. “A son should be born where his father is” (Captain Vidal, Pan’s Labyrinth). Although unsafe for Carmen to come to Vidal it seems that it was never considered the other, safer, way around—Vidal coming to Carmen. Though this occurrence is seemingly minute, it reinforces Carmen’s lack of say—she has no voice or worth, which is a common view among women under fascist regime. Carmen is controlled, oppressed and demeaned by Vidal and it becomes very apparent when she attempts to tell a story of how Vidal and she had met, through her now deceased husband who had made his shoes. Vidal cringes when he hears her spill the story as it reveals her to be of a lower class than him. “Please forgive my wife. She hasn’t been exposed to the world. She thinks these silly stories are interesting to others” (Captain Vidal, Pan’s Labyrinth). Vidal undermines and arguably humiliates Carmen yet she says nothing and continues to obey him.

1870s Parasol Fashion Plate via michaelmoonsbookshop tumblr

Furthermore, Ofelia’s rebellious attitude is reinstated right from her first meeting with Vidal. When greeting the Captain she refuses to put down her juvenile books to offer him the correct hand to shake—and it is not tolerated by Vidal who violently grabs her hand and informs her that the other hand is appropriate to shake. From this scene we can gather that Ofelia is not willing to conform to be the ideal women in fascist times—she has a voice and an opinion and is not afraid to reveal it. Another scene where we see Ofelia rebel from what she is supposed to be is after she leaves the fig tree and returns to a bath, missing the dinner she was anticipated to attend. Carmen informs her that the Captain was very upset by her absence, and Ofelia smiles. Although another diminutive incident it stands to reinforce that she is not upset by offending her authority and is a genuine rebel. Additionally, we see the differences between Ofelia and the ideal women in fascist times when she continues to believe and pursue fairy tales. She is oppressed by her mother, who I argue is just passing down the oppression she receives from Vidal on to her daughter. “You’re getting older, and you’ll see that life isn’t like your fairy tales. The world is a cruel place. And you’ll learn that, even if it hurts” (Carmen, Pan’s Labyrinth). It is evident that Carmen is trying to replace her personal traits of a blossoming imagination, creativity, and a voice with seriousness, maturity and obedience. Ofelia also refuses to call Vidal her father, despite her mother’s wishes, “The captain has been so good to us… Please, Ofelia, call him father. It’s just a word, Ofelia, just a word” (Carmen, Pan’s Labyrinth). While this is just one more outwardly small incident it just continues to strengthen Ofelia’s attitude and personality towards blindly following orders and rule.

Jennifer Orme’s essay on Pan’s Labyrinth allows for an in-depth and accurate interpretation of the film. I agree with her, the core notion of the film is disobedience, and I think Ofelia underlines this theme of the film. She refuses to comply with others’ desires, even if she will have to bear the consequences later, “Key to my reading of Pan’s Labyrinth is the notion of disobedience: the refusal of characters to submit to the narrative desires of others at their own expense…” (Orme, page 1). This notion of noncompliance is apparent throughout the film whether that be through the fascist war that is taking place or the fairy tale occurrences Ofelia experiences. Orme goes on to say how this is a common motif throughout literature. I strongly agree, disobedience, rule-breaking, noncompliance are all common among characters of not only fairy tales but of literature in general. It is because we as readers are intrigued by this rebellious character, perhaps we wish to be more like them. I argue that there are situations in everyday life whether that is school, relationships, or work related situations where people often wish they could rebel- break the rules or refuse to blindly comply with the request of authority. “Indeed, it is often a specific disobedient act that sets the tale in motion or continues it on its trajectory: Snow White disobeys the dwarves and answers the door to the witch; Dorothy runs away from the farm; Alice leaves her sister to chase the white rabbit. In Pan’s Labyrinth disobedience is a primary theme that is coded as positive, and even essential to survival” (Orme, 2). Here Orme explicitly points out just how common the motif of rebellion really is. This questioning and rebellion against the ideology of what they are supposed to be is common to both Alexia and Ofelia and it is what makes the so desirable to read about. Roger Clark, like Orme, also successfully recognizes this blunt and common theme, “A crucial part of Ofelia’s (and Alice’s) ‘‘finding’’ emerges from their questioning and interrogating of ideology and orthodoxy, whether it be the iron grip of patriarchy and fascism or the anarchy and absurdity of the Wonderland and Looking-Glass worlds” (Clark, 2). Here Clark once again reinforces this idea of rebellion and refusal to comply and once again, “Disobedience is an important factor in fairy tales” (Orme, 2).
 ¨Princess Alexandra of Wales. Late 1870s. via carolathhabsburg tumblr

To conclude, I have recognized the common character throughout literature who is rebellious, refuses to blindly comply to authorities- even if they face consequences in doing so and most importantly, does not conform to the mould chosen for them. In comparing Alexia and Ofelia it becomes explicitly apparent that they both represent this common rebellious character. Whether they are refusing to comply to their mould of the perfect Victorian woman or the ideal woman during fascist rule, they are both undoubtedly rebelling against their imposed ways. I have argued that the reason this character shows up so frequently is because they are enjoyable to read about because people often face everyday situations where they could be more like one of these character, they wish they could break the mould that they are being forced into and reveal their voice to their authority, however they don’t because of the obvious consequences that would follow. Furthermore, Orme and Clark’s articles further reinforce and embellish this common character motif.

Works Cited
Carriger, Gail. Soulless. New York: Orbit, 2009. 1-357. Print.
Clark, Roger. “A Constant Transit of Finding”: Fantasy as Realisation in Pan’s Labyrinth. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 1-13. Faculty of Arts, York St John University. Web. 11 Apr. 2011.
Orme, Jennifer. Narrative Desire and Disobedience in Pan’s Labyrinth. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 1-17. Web. 11 Apr. 2011.
Pan’s Labyrinth. 2006. DVD.

{Gail’s monthly read along for May is The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

Victorian Parasols Drawing by Adam Zebediah Joseph

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Unsinkable Sam

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Chutney of Alubokhara.

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
In Which Chuck Answers Why Adults Read So Much Young Adult Fiction

PROJECT ROUND UP 

  • Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Releases Nov. 3, 2015. Available for pre-order! Awaiting proofs.
  • Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First. OUT NOW!  
  • Imprudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the Second. Working rough draft, about 1/2 way.



The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence, 2 Imprudence
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
YA Bibliophile says of Waistcoats & Weaponry: “I’ve loved seeing Sophronia’s character develop and simply cannot wait to see where she ends up in Manners & Mutiny! YOU REALLY NEED TO READ THESE BOOKS!!!!”

Quote of the Day:
“Lastly, tea—unless one is drinking it in the Russian style—should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea lover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt.”
~ A Nice Cup of Tea (1946)

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The Intellectual Salon ~ Does Alexia Dream?

Posted by Gail Carriger

 


One of an Occasional Series of Intellectual Salons, wherein a scientist of note hijacks this blog for the purposes of in-Gail’s-world discourse.

I received a very interesting calling card, Gentle Reader, from Dr. Kelly (she has a PhD, my readers are smart!). She graciously gave me permission to pose her question to you (slightly modified by me).

Dear Miss Carriger,

I am a new fan of your tales of Alexia Tarabotti and her feats of supernatural derring-do in Victorian London. I have read Soulless and Changeless so far, and I look forward to your further volumes.

Perhaps you speak to this question in a later story, but my professional interests urge me to make the inquiry directly to you:

Does Alexia dream?

As a scientific matter, the answer would seem to be no.  Primitive peoples from the dawn of history have explained dreaming as the night journeys of the soul, temporarily liberated during sleep from the shackles of the body.  (This idea was proposed by famed British anthropologist E.B. Tylor in the 1870?s, perhaps Alexia knew him?)  If Alexia has no soul, then she could not dream, and sleep for her would simply be a state of quiet physical inactivity.

I find that a dissatisfying conclusion.  The first piece of counter-evidence would be Alexia?s enthusiastic responsiveness to her husband?s amorous solicitations.  As Dr. Freud of Vienna would begin to theorize in the 1890?s, the energies of dreaming can be intimately intertwined with the energies of erotic arousal and desire.  I find it hard to imagine, as a purely professional matter of course, that a woman with so much libidinal vitality would never have dreams that express her instinctual familiarity with those deep yearnings and timeless pleasures.

A second piece of counter-evidence is Alexia?s admirable resourcefulness, which I believe should count as a species of creativity, indeed as one of the noblest forms of creativity.  She may not know how to wield a brush or pluck at a harp, but she knows how to navigate through the most trying circumstances with good grace and proper decorum.  That is an art form in itself, one at which Alexia is a grand master.  Numerous scientific studies have suggested connections between dreaming and creative thinking, so again I have to wonder if a person with such an abundance of this type of creativity would never experience dreams reflecting the nocturnal activation of the same cerebral mechanisms that underlie creativity in the waking state.

I could adduce further evidence, but then I would have to begin using footnotes, and that would become unwieldy.  Suffice it to say there are sound reasons to doubt?on purely theoretical grounds?the Tylorian hypothesis that a soulless person, a preternatural, is incapable of dreaming.

Please let me know if you possess any information that might help to cast the clear light of scientific understanding on this intriguing (to me, in any case) question.

Thank you for your consideration,

Dr. Kelly, Scientist in Good Standing

P.S. Scholarly experience has taught me that people who say they never dream often find themselves surprised when they awaken one morning and, lo and behold, a dream has rather rudely invited itself into their conscious minds and made irritatingly permanent residence there.  One never knows….

Dr. Kelly adds this website for your perusal

So, my dear, Gentle Reader, I pose this same question to you. Do preternaturals dream? For that matter, do supernaturals? How much of dreaming is a matter for the soul? How much is sourced in the the creative part of human make up? 

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for January? Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

saisonciel-tumblr Gladys Cooper by Bassano, 1910

Your Infusion of Cute . . .

Contest entry vampangel79_LJ

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Stuff You Should Know podcast talks about blimps

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the history of London

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 available for pre-order! 


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
Aurian of Boeklogboek says of Waistcoats & Weaponry, “I love this series, and I am in awe of Gail Carrigers’ imagination. Sophronia is such a great heroine, she thinks fast on her feet, and doesn’t care about a person’s standing in society…”

Quote of the Day:
“Oil and potatoes both grow underground so french fries may have eventually produced themselves, had they not been invented.”
~ A.J. Esther

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A Very Alexia Christmas

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Miss Tarabotti, as some of you may well know, is rather fond of comestibles. Thusly, the holiday season is one of great joy to her ~ from a food standpoint if nothing else. (The shopping, it must be admitted, she could do without. Her sisters are overly enthusiastic on the subject.) However, she has some tips for coping with the holidays Victorian-style.

1. Mincemeat pie. Sounds awful, looks revolting, tastes spectacular. The Americans have sadly neglected this part of their British heritage but there is much to be said for meat soaked in alcohol and then encased in pastry. If unwilling to venture in the mincemeat direction, how about exploring the fine art of Christmas Pudding? (AKA Plum Pudding ~ and no, there are no plums involved, don’t ask.) A dense fruity cake that is covered in alcohol and then set on fire. Fantastic.

Via NPR

2. Cloth wrapped presents. Instead of paper, why not invest in some fabric remnants from a craft shop or colorful little scarves from a thrift store, and then tie with a ribbon? All the fun of unwrapping, none of the waste, and perhaps it will encourage others to reuse as well. As an added bonus cloth wrappers can be used as emergency clean-up towels for the inevitable alcohol-related spill (see: inebriation caused by over-consumption of Christmas Pud, above.)

3. Roast goose. Benefits? Well, a goose is bigger than a turkey and more mean-spirited. Have you ever met a goose? The only bird nastier is a swan and, unfortunately, swans are protected by Queen Victoria. Thus goose consumption gives one a sense of self-righteousness and satisfaction all rolled into one.

Roast Goose with Giblet Stuffing

4. Frills and lace. Perhaps not a particular favorite amongst gentlemen for themselves (unless one is of a Lord Akeldama inclination) but for the ladies… Donning a pretty frock and perhaps a corset is bound to make one feel better ~ a little constricted but definitely better. On the other hand nothing (I am convinced) is funnier than a werewolf with a doily on his head.

5. Which brings us back around to drinkies. Lord Akeldama suggests a Pink Slurp (champagne & blood) but he’s a vampire and they have questionable pallets. Alexia recommends substituting blackberry cordial for the blood resulting in a truly excellent and festive drink. Alternatively, for those particularly cold nights, one might opt for mulled wine, which can be a most excellent way to disguise the quality of one’s vino. And one can never go wrong with hot apple cider.

Bottoms up!

Lord A at Christmas nennesis via tumblr

 Queen Victoria and Her Grandson dine in 1899.

{What is Gail’s Book Group reading for December? Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts}

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .

1915 British Paintings tumblr Fashion 1915

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Queen Victoria’s children photographed by Roger Fenton in Tableaux of the Seasons, 1854.

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Zeppelin: Aboard ‘the hotel in the sky’

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Cool Tools for Writers

PROJECT ROUND UP 

Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last Releases November 2015. Not yet available for pre-order. Edits stage.

Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First Release date March 17, 2015 now available for pre-order! 


The Books! 

 The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies, 3
 The Custard Protocol Series: 1 Prudence (Coming March 17, 2015)
The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels

Book News:
To Each Their Own says of Waistcoats & Weaponry, “I devoured this book from start to finish forgetting that I had to write a review of it. I *loved* it. I laughed, I shook my head at the antics and I *bawled* at one point. Huge, gasping, sobs.”

Quote of the Day:
“A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money.  Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

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Ketchup: Bowl Xylophones, Deadlines, and What Ho, Automaton!

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

I still have much catch up to do, Gentle Reader, from my weeks in France. I imagine there will be a number of rather oddball and random bits and bobs showing up on this here blog as I get my head together and acclimatize. Here, for example, is a bowl xylophone (aka glass harmonica).

BowlXylephone copy
You can hear glass harmonica in the Frida movie soundtrack. Here’s an example at 0:48

Apart from All Those Things that pile up when one is away, right now I am on a deadline. Plus jet lag (I always have a harder time coming this direction) this has combined to make me scatty. OK, fine, well, more scatty than normal. I hope you will forgive me?

White on White at Bernhardt — High Point Spring Market 2013Apartmentherapy
White on White at Bernhardt — High Point Spring Market 2013 via Apartmentherapy
How must do I want that fuzzy stool? It’d be kind of like a pet.

Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third Finishing School book, is due in a few weeks. My editor graciously gave me a bit of an extension (unasked for, I swear, I could have done it). It means I feel bound and determined to hand in a nice clean beta-read draft. So I’m plugging away diligently with the imaginary red pen, as are three of my betas. We shall learn how well Libre handles combining track changes. Gulp. (It doesn’t handle one document multiple different end user changes well, we recently discovered.)

One of the things I keep meaning to mention is that while I was a way I managed to read a bit. For fun. (I know, crazy talk.) And I mean read fiction, as most of my pleasure reading is spent in research non-fiction and primary sources. I was experimenting with the Nook and I had some ebooks I’d been given to read years ago, so I branched out.

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One of them was What Ho, Automaton! (Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mysteries). Yours for a cool $2.99. I think it well worth the money. If you are a fan of my stuff and of Wodehouse’s this will suit admirably. There is even a little tiny bit of romance in there, not to mention a pipping strong female character.

It’s quite ideally ridiculous and definitely what I would call a mash up, like those Austen meets ninja zombie book things of a few years ago. There were a few modern language hiccups and a slow start, but both faded mid book (AKA during the second story ­– like Wodehouse this is written as a series of connected shorts/novellas rather than one large novel). Dolley got me to laugh out loud near the end. Which, frankly, is VERY hard to do. Once you write comedy it becomes harder and harder to laugh at other’s comedy writings, because the analyst brain is ever on. Dolley’s tone is spot on Wodehouse and the steampunk elements tie into both plot and silliness admirably. I enjoyed it over all. It was nice to read a Wodehouse story that I hadn’t read already!

Anyway, if any of you give it a shot, you’ll let me know what you think of it?

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Moment of Parasol . . .
ChocolatteParasols copy
Chocolate parasols at a shop in France

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 2.26.01 PM
Beautiful Colmar

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
StrangeThings copy
Strange tongs at the museum in Colmar.
Do you know what they are for? No guesses, just actually archaeological fact, please.

I thought toast as well, but they aren’t quite right to the Toast Tongs I’m familiar with.
Katharina: “fer a gaufres” also known as waffle iron.
So endith the mystery. (Thanks Katharina!)

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
HachetteBook copy
An old old book, published by Hachette. I had no idea the publishing company was so old.

PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Working third draft.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback available in the US October 13, 2013.
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Release date November 2013.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Available serialized through YenPlus. Print edition Nov. 19 2013.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions available in print.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ OUT NOW, The second Finishing School book ~ Nov. 5, 2013

Book News:
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Alessandro’s shop in France. I guess he dabbled in trade at some point.

Quote of the Day:
“He held a prebendal stall in the diocese; one of the best residences in the close; and the two large rectories of Crabtree Canonicorum, and Stogpingum.”
~ Trollope (and you thought it was just me and Wodehouse with the silly names)

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The Official Option Announcement

Posted by Gail Carriger

 

Gentle Reader, I thought you might like to read the official announcement of the Parasol Protectorate deal. It appeared recently in the PW Lunch as follows . . .

Film
NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS, a humorous Jane Austen-style steampunk fantasy about an avowed spinster who, being soulless, can negate supernatural ability and is thus shunned by London’s society vampires until one rudely attacks her, upsetting the social balance and revealing a dark cult, to Parallel Films with screenwriter Ted Elliot (Pirates of The Caribbean and Shrek) attached, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency, Michael Cendejas of Lynn Pleshette Agency, and Wayne Alexander of ANLF.

Others discuss the option.

The Parasol Protectorate Facebook Group discusses casting.

And now I have a novel to write and edits incoming. Next week looks to be busy in that typeity-clackity staring-at-screens kind of way. An author’s life is so much frantic on the inside, stationary on the outside. No wonder we have a well deserved reputation for going insane.

GAIL’S DAILY DOSE

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Captive Land Animal

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fixing a Stalled Scene

PROJECT ROUND UP
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Working rough draft. Release date Fall 2013. Gotta get these peeps floating.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 5, 2013. Working promo schemes.Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Third draft handed in to editor, awaiting edits.
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 2: (AKA Changeless) Reviewing chapter by chapter, each drops on YenPlus by subscription. Print release tentatively Dec. 2012.


BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!

The Omnibus hardback editions are limited run through the SciFi Bookclub only.

The manga editions, Vol. available in print, Vol. 2 by subscription to YenPlus.

Most short stories available in ebook form world wide!

The first Finishing School book ~ Out Feb. 5, 2013

Book News:
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Quote of the Day:
“Not only did Isabel frequent Turkish baths and spend days on end in harems, but she had taken to smoking the narghileh, or water pipe. Her fondness for wearing man’s dress when she went traveling with Richard, especially, was considered not just eccentric, but thoroughly reprehensible.”
~ Famous ambassadress Isabel Burton or Brazil and Damascus in the 1860s, about whom a movie would be wonderful


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