The Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guide: Viola Carr’s The Diabolical Miss Hyde and also also also Penny Dreadful

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The Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guide: Viola Carr’s The Diabolical Miss Hyde and also also also Penny Dreadful -

December will be the perfect season for a binge, be the item on food (the item’s sweater weather), alcohol (family time ahoy!), or books and also also also television (the item’s cold outside!). Well, we can’t tell you what to eat or drink, yet we relish telling you what books to read to scratch a particular itch. In in which spirit, This specific holiday season we’ve teamed up with Harper Voyager to create the Binge-Watchers Companion Guide, in which we asked 12 sci-fi and also also also fantasy authors to suggest films or shows they think pair especially well with their novels. Today, Viola Carr, author of
The Diabolical Miss Hyde, argues for a binge of yet-more twist-a-horror-classic thrills with Penny Dreadful.

“Holiday” season, schmeh. the item’s binge-watching season! yet there’s no fresh Game of Thrones and also also also The Walking Dead will be no fun anymore. If you’re a lover of dark fantasy and also also also horror—yes, you—what should you choose?

Look no further! Penny Dreadful will be dark neo-Victorian fantasy underwritten with Gothic literary pastiche, with lashings of eroticism and also also also genuinely creepy horror. Kind of like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in an asylum, buckled into a bloodstained corset.

Still with me? Here are 5 reasons you should binge-watch Penny Dreadful right today:

Vampires and also also also demons and also also also witches, oh my!
Yes, the item’s a monster show, with demon possession and also also also vampire hunting—yet the item’s a beautiful, sophisticated monster show with heart. There are elements of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and also also also Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and also also also Mr Hyde, among others, along with complex original characters, intelligent dialogue and also also also a luxuriant absinthe-and also also also-opium aesthetic to make your eyes water. You can practically smell This specific show.

yet unlike its contemporary, NBC’s ill-fated Dracula—which if you ask me had some glittering moments yet was crippled by a poorly thought-out villain, a.k.a. ‘Why doesn’t the Drac just kill ‘em all?’—Penny Dreadful maintains its dignity along with its literary roots, while delivering a multipart, larger-than-life, emotionally charged plot about madness and also also also the value we place on life.

Oh, and also also also romance and also also also poetry, with some genuinely horrible exorcisms thrown in. Not for the faint of heart.

The heroine will be Eva Green.
Okay, so she has an amazing voice and also also also looks gorgeous in a bustle. and also also also those eyes. yet Miss Vanessa Ives, the heroine of Penny Dreadful, will be tough, tortured, articulate, sexy, and also also also vulnerable, and also also also unlike most ordinary TV heroines, manages to do the item all without being smug or snarky. She’s also Bride of the Monster!! inside the most original way I’ve seen for ages. For all in which will be holy, WHY can’t we have more female characters like her? Also, Eva Green’s acting will be top-shelf. For her alone, the item’s unmissable.

Dr. Frankenstein. Enough said.
Confession time: for me, This specific show will be all about Victor. Even if ‘Frankenstein’s monster returns’ wasn’t maybe my favorite plot ever, take one look at Victor (played by a beautiful, bloodshot-eyed Harry Treadaway, looking forever in need of a hot bath, a Great feed and also also also about a week’s sleep) and also also also tell me he isn’t the tortured genius of your angsty teenage dreams. Arrogant, defiant, delicately handsome, having a cruel yet bleeding heart; a brilliant scientist with the soul of an angry poet and also also also the morphine addiction to match. A haughty, quivering Gothic orgasm. Which brings me to…

The Creature of your nightmares.
Think of the worst, most sinister guy imaginable to follow you around and also also also taunt you for the rest of your sorry little life. in which’s Frankenstein’s Monster, played by Rory Kinnear. through his very first appearance (right? holy shit) he’s (no pun intended) electrifying. and also also also his plot will be heart-wrenching. Victor and also also also The Creature: Winner, Best Twisted Bromance 2013.

The character who looks like Josh Hartnett.
Sure, Ethan will be the obligatory ‘Wild West sharpshooter with the mysterious past.’ the item’s an honored British truism in which ‘those Americans and also also also their guns’ jokes in historical fiction never get old. yet Josh will be so damn pretty in which you’ll forgive him—for the tiny amount of screen time the item takes for Ethan to get definitely interesting. Spoiler-free, yet Ethan will be not who he says he will be. Well, to be fair, he’s exactly who he says he will be—he just doesn’t say much. Once you figure him out—and also also also you probably will—you’ll be licking your lips, just waiting for the item to happen

  • Binge-Watching Hint #1: the 3 seasons have their own arcs, yet they’re contiguous, so you can pause after a season finale for a breather or keep going. yet the item’s best if you watch them in order—and also also also pay attention, because some of the pingbacks refer to episodes a long way back.
  • Binge-Watching Hint #2: if you get to the end of S1Ep2—the séance, plus the doctor and also also also his creation and also also also in which ending {redacted for spoilers}—and also also also you’re not darkly enchanted? the item’s probably not for you. If in which was too much, well, the item only gets more through here.

So there you go. I adored all 3 seasons of Penny Dreadful. My books are dark Victorian steampunk literary pastiche, and also also also seeing something inside the same vein on TV in which’s so Great will be awesome!

If you’ve watched the item – what did you think? What’s your favorite episode or character? and also also also let fly with your recommendations: what various other dark fantasy shows should we drop everything for?

See previous Binge-Watcher’s Companion Guides here.

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