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‘Ignoring Gravity’ & the literary sisterhood

Creating the characters of Rose and Lily in Ignoring Gravity, made me ponder the subject of literary sisterhood. I had to sit and think quietly for a while before I came up with a list of novels about sisters. Beyond Austen, who of course crams every book with sisters. Elinor and Marianne. Elizabeth and Jane. The one book where the main character has no sister, Emma, is about the nature of sisterhood. Emma, is the ultimate big sister, she is organising, controlling and superior, and for the lack of a sister she gets to interfere in the life of Harriet Smith. I never liked Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma, who in my head is definitely a brunette. I much preferred Kate Beckinsale [below] in the 1996 television series. Why sisters? Well there are two pairs of sisters in Ignoring Gravity, a generation apart. Diana and Kate Ingram. Rose and Lily Haldane. Alike as chalk and cheese, they do not fit the fluffy profile of sisters who live in each other’s pockets, who are in and out of each others’ houses all the time, who tell their exciting news first to their sister rather than their husband. So when things go wrong for
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Categories: Book Love, My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.