Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber: For the Classroom

Posted November 3, 2011 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

As a modern story written with a 19th century flair, Darker Still is the perfect fodder for taking a new YA novel and bringing it into the classroom … especially because author Leanna Renee Hieber drew upon the classic novel The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde!

So first things first … we share with you a brilliant quiz about Darker Still and related content, written by Hieber herself:

DARKER STILL’s Favorite Fantastical Fiction

The Magic Most Foul series takes many of its cues from famous Victorian Era books, all of which have had long careers on the page and in film. Can you guess which ones?

1. What novel by Oscar Wilde features a mysterious, supernatural painting and has been made into both a classic film and a modern film adaptation starring Ben Barnes?

2. What novel was written all in diary entries and letters (an epistolary novel) starring the most famous vampire of all time?

3. One of Natalie’s favourite authors is Charles Dickens, particularly when he writes about ghosts. What’s the title of his most famous holiday ghost story?

4. When Natalie finds herself in a dangerous situation, she comforts herself by thinking she’s playing a part in a famous French adventure novel: The Count of ____.

5. The next Magic Most Foul book will introduce the idea of reanimation, a concept famously dealt with in what story written by the 18 year old Mary Shelley?

If you want to use Darker Still for a school project or bring it into the classroom, here are some authors and novels you can use to draw a correlation:

  • The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

And for a fun writing exercise, try channeling your inner 19th century self and write a few diary entries about your life. For an authentic feel, do some research on what life was like in those times for women before you start writing!

Quiz Answers: (1) The Picture of Dorian Gray (2) Dracula (3) A Christmas Carol (4) The Count of Monte Christo (5) Frankenstein

Sara | Novel Novice

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