Thursday Quotables: Northanger Abbey (by Val McDermid)


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.Β  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
(published March 27, 2014)

This modern retelling of Jane Austen’s first novel is pretty adorable, reimagining Catherine Morland as 17-year-old Cat, a teen girl with an overactive imagination thanks to her obsessive reading of Twilight and other vampire- and beasty-themed YA novels. Upon first view of Northanger:

“OMG,” Cat breathed. The abbey was vampire heaven.

Is it any wonder that she overreacts?

Before she could open the book, there was a clap of thunder so loud and close that Cat cried out in terror. The room was abruptly plunged into darkness and a second deafening thunderclap vibrated through the air. Cat curled into a ball and moaned softly. What terrible powers had her discovery unleashed?

The story is all quite cute, even in the quieter interludes, such as this one hanging out in the younger Tilneys’ rec room:

Cat pushed the door open and Henry looked up from a somewhat battered old guitar. He gave her a welcoming smile. “You found us. Ellie was afraid she hadn’t give you clear enough directions. Come in and join us. We like to think of this as the Slytherin common room.”

“Hardly,” Ellie said, rising from the comfy chintz sofa where she was sprawled. “When you’re around, it’s more like Hufflepuff. Typical lawyer, all hot air and bluster.”

This book is light and fluffy, and perfectly suits my short attention span right now.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (, if you’d be so kind!
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9 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Northanger Abbey (by Val McDermid)

  1. OK, Lisa, you convinced me! I’ve bought Val’s version of Northanger Abbey. Am reading some beautiful short stories by classic Scottish author Neil Munro. Shall write them up on my blog and try to work out your linky thingy whatsit!

  2. I hope you enjoy the book πŸ™‚ I have to say, I’m not really in the mood for light and fluffy at the minute (I’m currently reading a heavy fantasy novel), but the quotes were quite interesting πŸ™‚
    Amy x

    • Thanks! I have a lot going on with a big family event coming up next week, and I don’t think I can concentrate on anything right now that requires too much brain power. πŸ™‚

    • For sure — although I suppose otherwise it reads like a more or less contemporary YA novel, but with some plot elements that wouldn’t necessarily be expected in YA. For me, it really works because I’ve revisited all the Austen novels this year via audio, and I just ended up watching a movie version of Northanger Abbey recently too. πŸ™‚

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