As the penultimate stop on the Oliver Twisted blog tour, I am extremely happy to welcome debut author JD Sharp to the blog to talk about an aspect of her book.
I have always loved the story of Oliver Twist, the musical, the book, the Disney cartoon, you name it, I’ve read or watched it! I’ve always thought how awesome it was that Dickens chose to show us a face of Victorian England that no other writer of the age was brave enough or really interested enough to do so.
I think a big part of my enjoyment of Oliver Twist is the characters - they are big and complex. There is one exception, though, Oliver.
I feel that Oliver is a conduit for action in Oliver Twist, and an effective one at that. He is the catalyst for the other characters’ journeys, and sometimes metamorphoses, but Oliver somehow remains elusive. Indeed for large parts of the book he isn’t around much at all.
So with Oliver Twisted, I really wanted the reader to get to know Oliver. I wanted them to understand his struggles and triumphs. I didn’t want to make him passive - he was going to have a measure of control over his destiny.
With the woe-begottens, I really wanted to create creatures who the reader could be scared of but also, as the story progresses, feel sympathy for as well. I like the idea that good and evil have shades of grey in this novel.
Thanks so much for reading. Stay Twisted!
Thank you JD Sharpe for joining us today.