Books in Pairs: Classic-meets-Modern
Updated: Nov 24, 2022
If you like: The Crucible by Arthur Miller or: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood you might like: The Seawomen by Chloe Timms or The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld or: The Women Could Fly by Megan Giddings feminist fiction set in ultra-patriarchical dystopia's featuring themes of witch-hunts and female-oppression throughout our modern history.
If you liked: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson you might like: In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey or: House of Glass by Susan Fletcher gothic hauntings set in remote English manors, where the ghost could be supernatural or psychological in nature.
If you liked: The Willows by Algernon Black you might like: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher gothic-inspired horror set in a disorienting and hostile landscape of willow-trees. Any more info would be spoilers, but the vibes were so similar to me!
If you liked: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham you might like: Semiosis by Sue Burke or Bloom by Kenneth Oppel A dystopian future in which humans are at odds with a species of sentient (extra-terrestrial) plants...
If you liked: The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft you might like: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge Eldridge horrors from the deepsea warp the minds of the inhabitants of a small fishermans-town in these gothic horror stories.
If you liked: Lord of the Flies by William Golding you might like: The Gray House by Miriam Petrosyan or Wilder Girls by Rory Power survival of the fittest amongst a group of young teens left to their own devices in an isolated setting. All-boys-group in the case of the first 2, and all-girls-group in the case of Wilder Girls.
If you liked: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck you might like: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah two powerful family-saga's about finding hope in times of severe hardship during the American Great Depression.
If you liked: Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll you might like: Arcadia by Iain Pearce two refractory and slightly disorienting tales about characters who find themselves tumbling into the whimsical worlds of the books they're reading.
If you liked: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley you might like: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro although these two might not seem too similar at first sight, both had me contemplating similar questions long after finishing it. Both feature themes of bodily autonomy, the moral edges of medical science, and what it means to be an individual.
If you liked: Solaris by Stanislav Lem you might like: Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds or The Sea in the Sky by Jackson Musker perhaps one of my most highly-specific favourite tropes is the alien ocean from Solaris, and I've looked all over the sci-fi genre for something similar. The closest I've found was Turquoise Days, although Audible Original production The Sea in the Sky has a quite original take on it as well.