Friday, 2 November 2012
Scarlet Read-Along: First Thoughts
The first assignment of the read-along for A. C. Gaughen's Scarlet is to post our thoughts on the 1st chapter:
No one really knows 'bout me. I'm Rob's secret, I'm his informant, I'm his shadow in dark places.
Scarlet definitely interested me from its opening lines; the first chapter was easy to breeze through in minutes and it made me want to read more. Scarlet's voice is written with a Northern English accent and grammar-style, which is a nice way of making her sound distinctive and it adds to the roughness of her character. It's similar to the style of The Assassin's Curse, which I'm also reading, but I think it fits better in Scarlet, as it is how characters in Nottingham would speak.
So far, Scarlet is about as soft as my two front teeth - she's very sharp-tongued and aggressive in the first chapter, but she's also putting her life on the line helping the poor, so she gets a lot of points with me. Rob will likely turn out to be her vulnerability, as Scarlet's feelings for him are already being hinted at - as are John's feelings for her. The thread that's been introduced that interests me most, though, is the idea that Scarlet has some sort of past with Gisbourne, the thief-catcher.
Right now I'm liking the spin Gaughen has put on the Robin Hood story and I'm very happy to keep reading.