IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ‘A PERVASIVE NOVEL’?
CAN YOU COMPOSE A NOVEL INTO THE LANDSCAPE?
WHAT SORT OF NOVEL BEST FITS?
SHOULD IT STILL BE CALLED ‘A NOVEL’ – OR MAYBE ‘A LOCATED AUDIO-PLAY’?
Oh well – let it sit here in the expectation someone somewhere sometime will say ‘what a brilliant idea! Let’s do it!‘. As Daphne Du Maurier’s books are set in real places with characters who could/did exist – or ought to have if not – it’s a fascinating exercise to use her books as a guide and go to the actual places. Obviously, then, the no-brainer is to link what her characters say with the place they said them. Ergo – GPS-trigger the dialogues in the locations the characters were. Got as far as a first draft, a wonderful couple of days camping and matching The House on the Strand to these places. Hmm – the Champernoune Manor House took quite some detective work to locate above Tywardreath … then the tunnel where Dick’s professor was killed by a train whilst under the influence. Then the fair Isolde. Isolde.