Carson McCullers is often thought of ‘as somehow frozen into youth’ having done most of her work before she was thirty and dying when was fifty. As Kasia Boddy says, ‘[McCullers] did not simply write about female adolescents but wrote with the sensibility of one; forever thirteen…’ With this in mind, I thought an adaptation of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, would be perfect for social media. Considering the themes of social isolation of the novel, I thought it also tapped in the modern debate of how much social media is affecting social interaction; and whether despite connecting us on a global level, are social media platforms actually socially isolating us more? Having known of the success of last year’s social media adaptation of The Great Gatsby, I was keen to replicate their success.
I didn’t think I was going to like Year of the Flood. Science Fiction isn’t really my bag, and my opinion of Atwood had been slightly coloured by people at six-form complaining about The Handmaiden’s Tale. I bought the eBook version, thinking that if I didn’t like, well, at least it was only £3 down the drain. I really regret that decision now.
I read it during summer, when I was at home and I’d read it while eating in my breakfast. The first hundred pages were a bit of a slog, and I kept trying to push myself to at least finish the chapter before I put it down. But soon, breakfast started getting longer and longer, to the point that it was lasting over an hour. So yeah, surprise to me, I got hooked.