Hello! As we are in the spirit of Halloween, the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group‘s topic for this week is WITCHES. I’m not as excited as you think. On the contrary, I am way more thrilled by this topic.
5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
So, when I read this play, I was maybe fourteen and in high school. While most people had some chill, I didn’t. I remember being so ANGRY at these girls in the play. But, the funny thing is: we read it and analyzed it for class in high school, and I still remember that rage. What’s fascinating to me is that there is no exact “witch” here, but it’s like, “Are you sure? For real, for real?” Because, for me? I’m not sure who really is a witch and who isn’t in this play.
I love that blurred distinction.
4. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The way those three witches showed up in the beginning of the play is one of the most memorable entrances ever. To me, they drove a nice haunting tone home to audiences–no mater the medium. Pun somewhat intended. Macbeth is like one of my most dear reading experiences ever. Witches play a role in that fact.
3. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia
They’re called “Castors” here, but my goodness, they are so freaking cool. And, also, there is a witch (like for real witch) and she is capable and central to the story.
2. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Uh. It’s obviously a spoiler for me to reveal who becomes a witch and/or who is already a witch in this series. But, just so you know, this person is AWESOME. I’ll never fully recover from the surprise of seeing said character transforming throughout the series into a powerful witch.
1. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore
Kind of a major throw-back to Shakespearean witches, coupled with the uncertainty of their nature from The Crucible, I adore how mysterious these sisters were. I’m in love with how complicated they were up close.