Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana del Rey & Sylvia Plath
Archetypes are real. Muses are real. Writers are the channels of these spirits & if that sounds like witchcraft that's because it is. These stories gave me chills. Sylvia Plath & Lana Del Rey course through the veins of these dark, sexy, mind-bending, fantastical, romantic, & haunting tales. Authors from different genres came together in their love &...more
Cathartic, psychedelic and brimming with torrential emotion, these expertly written stories are of their time and part of a timeless sad-girl canon pre-paved by women like Del Rey and Plath. One of the best anthologies I've read in a good while!
While I found several of the stories forgettable, I still recommend Tragedy Queens. There’s an incredible range of diverse types of stories and I think every reader will find a lot to enjoy in this anthology. The ones I enjoyed I believe are good enough to pick up this book and I believe that others who have more of an affinity for artists like Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath than I do will get even more out of it.
There is such a wide variety of unusual stories in this collection, and I loved that. The authors all took on the theme and gave it their own unique twist with Sylvia and Lana serving as more of spiritual guides for the stories rather than taking over the tale entirely. In the best stories, it is just like you can sense their influence.
My favorite thing about reading anthologies is uncovering voices I’ve ...more
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There are 23 stories and was thinking of my favorite(s), there are 14 that ...more
Out of the 24 short stories I loved almost every single one, they are inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath (though in my opinion more so Plath than Lana) and were written beautifully. I did find myself hoping that we would see some stories inspired by Lana's songs as I'm a huge fan. There was one story by Laura Diaz de Arce where the ending of the story reminded me of the song 'Ride' which I enjoyed. I also liked that some stories involved lesbian and transgender ...more
I was so excited when I heard about Tragedy Queens! I adore Sylvia Plath and Lana Del Rey, and I love that so many authors were inspired by them. The idea for this anthology is amazing.
Unfortunately, my experience with reading it was kind of uneven. There are some amazing stories in here, but there are many that I couldn't connect with. I think I may have expected something different, and that led to ...more
I really wanted to enjoy this, as the concept is genius. But I found it severely missing the mark, even a little offensive. I'm no prude, but does everyone nowadays only "fuck". Or rather, is that the only word used for it these days? Perhaps it was a requisite for making it into this collection.
Not a spoiler per se, but if you have squeamish sensibilities or ...more
The collection is a bit eclectic, and honestly, none of the pieces stand out to me as profoundly moving. They work efficiently together, but would not stand separately.
Most of them picked a controversial topic or focus, but the topic was more important than any other aspect of storytelling.
I don’t ...more
First, let me clear about something. I had high hopes for this book based on the title alone. Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath-- it sounded like a dream come true. And while there are a few (very few) really captivating stories, the overall compilation leaves me feeling confused. 80% of the stories don't seem inspired by Lana Del Rey and if they're going for Sylvia Plath was dark and depressed in her life and in her writing style-- and the stories are all ...more
She's also the author of a few poetry collections, including the recent "Nympholepsy." She has written for The New York Times, Chakrubs, Narratively, Catapult, Sabat Magazine, Venefica, ...more