Captivating Characters: A Look at Penny Dreadful

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Photo Credit – Penny Dreadful

It’s no surprise that I’m studying literature (though I’ll probably be forever impoverished for the decision) because I just love a good story.  There is, in a book – or a good movie or television show – the plot, a chain of events driven by character actions, and then there’s the more subliminal but often pervasive mood created through all elements of work, including scenery and word choice.  But, my point in this post is not really to be technical.  My point is to proclaim, happily, that through the suggestion of one of Michael’s friends, we stumbled upon a phenomenal, intricate story thanks to the popular Showtime series, Penny Dreadful.  Penny Dreadful’s third season aired this spring, but Michael and I, in our infinite fandom, have been busy re-watching the first two seasons to “fully prepare” before we settle down and view the third.  This post, then, is my introductory post: I will likely write more on specific questions the show raises in future posts.  After all, Penny Dreadful is complex and intelligent, and many facets of the show could be explored.  In this post, I aim to discuss why I love the show through an exploration of the main characters.  And, bonus, if you haven’t seen Season Three yet, neither have I, so there will be no Season Three spoilers!  In fact, there are no major plot spoilers in this piece, so read away, without fear of any undesired revelations.

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