Quote of the week

“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Shelley


Laugh Out Loud!

What do you call an underwater spy?

Last week’s answer: On a diet.

Author of the week

Gothic Fiction

Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that incorporates fiction, horror and Romanticism.

Gothic fiction deals with terror, mostly in the form of pleasing terror, thereby associating it with romantic literature. Most gothic stories revolve around a few main characters, namely a virginal maiden, a villain, a hero and clergy. The setting of the novel is considered an essential element; and gothic fiction is usually set in a (pseudo)medieval building, such as a castle, monastery or abbey with Gothic architecture which is in ruins.

The genre originated in England in the 18th century, with the publication of English author Horace Walpole’s “The Castle of Otranto” in 1764, which is regarded as the first Gothic novel. This was followed by Clara Reeve’s “The Old English Baron (1778)” and Ann Radcliffe’s “A Sicilian Romance (1790)”. Romantic movements in continental Europe were being developed during this time and soon enough, the gothic novel gained popularity in Germany and the Russian Empire. The 19th century saw the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and John William Polidori, which contributed towards the success of the genre.

By the Victorian era, the popularity of the genre began to diminish and was replaced by the historical romance. Although the genre had lost its place as a dominant genre, gothic fiction was still being published, as proved by the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1847) and Charles Dickens’ work. Gothic fiction regained its fame in the 1880s. It is during this time that many of the notable works associated with this genre were published, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)”,Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891)”, Bram Stoker’s “Dracula (1897)”, Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw (1898)” as well Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera” in 1909.

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Creative Cornerbee

Welcome to the Creative Corner, our fellow bookworms!
And well, it’s all going to be done by you. Yes, we want all the Bookworms across the country to participate in this week’s challenge in celebration of 2 years of the BWC,  where you will get the chance to create a poem or a short story based on the given title and the winner will get his/her article published on our page. But that’s not all. The winner will also receive a special gift from us. So, grab all your pencils and paper and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to the The Nation when you’re done.
Good luck, Bookworms!
Title: The One-Eyed Monster
Deadline: September 8, 2015

Cartoon Corner


Kids’ Corner

Fun book to read

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Book of the week


Eragon – Christopher Paolini

Teens’ Corner

A Horror Story of the 1800s

Now many of you may have seen several adaptations of the scary-looking creature named Frankenstein, but do you actually know where he came from or what inspired the author to create this unimaginably vicious and brave character?

Frankenstein is a horror novel written by English author, Mary Shelley, set in Europe, where a  science lab accident led by science geek, Victor Frankenstein, turns into a monstrous-looking creature named Frankenstein. Shortly after, Victor abandons this creature only to find him killing all the beloved ones of Victor from his brother, Will, to his newly-wedded wife, Elizabeth. They finally strike a deal where Victor is supposed to create a female version of Frankenstein in order to keep his family safe but this doesn’t work out as he ends up destroying the female creature after realizing that it may lead up to destruction of the whole country with its increasing population. In the end, Victor ships off Frankenstein to the North Pole to avoid further problems.
This novel was first published on March 11, 1818 and up to today, it has been published by more than 100 companies.

Fun Facts

Shelley named the main characters after Frankenstein Castle in Hesse, Germany and she also got most of the ideas from its history.

The author wasn’t credited in the first publication.

‘Frankenstein’ was actually written for a contest between her friends, who were on holiday with her during that time.


Compiled by

Kids’ Corner
Kalindi Wimaladharma
Royal Institute

Teens’ Corner
Hemangi Wimaladharma
Girls’ High School

Cartoon Corner
Kulindu Wimaladharma
Royal Institute



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