One of my favorite literary blogs these days is Drama, Daily, by Nicole Stodard. Nicole is a college professor, has an MA in Theatre from Trinity College in Dublin, and writes about Women’s Cardiovascular Health at Empowher.com.
She has started an online, summer book club of plays and works of fiction. This week, Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, is the book club selection. Nicole has posted many references and links to do with the play, and a list of questions to spark discussion.
I’m way out of my comfort zone with plays, but I need to expand my horizons. My motivation for reading plays is to strengthen dialogue in my own prose. Dialogue in a novel needs to be well-chosen and every word must push the plot forward, reveal the characters’ motivations, and inconspicuously deliver backstory. Since plays consist almost entirely of the spoken word, I’ll get much instruction in dialogue.