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I've been reading the Mr Robot book, Red Wheelbarrow (eps1.91_redwheelbarr0w.txt) , which is designed to look like a composition book journal kept by the main character. It got me thinking about fictional journals and then about historical journals.

Does anyone have any recommendations of interesting fictional journals, particularly those that are commentaries on the act of journaling? I'm liking the Mr Robot one but it's really an extended exercise in unreliable narrative, so I'm curious as to how else journaling has been used in fiction in interesting ways.

It also made me think of the book Maud: The Illustrated Diary of a Victorian Woman which I loved as a kid/teenager. It's actually the book that inspired me to start keeping journals. Does anyone know of any other cool, creative or fascinating historical journals that might serve as inspiration for journal keepers today?

Date: 2017-05-06 06:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gokuma
I highly recommend "Microserfs" by Douglas Coupland => It's one of my favourite books ever and I love the author's writing style. You can find a small bit of the book (it was a short story first, then became a book) here =>

(I forgot how *much* I liked that book tbh. In fact, writing about it made me want to re-read it again XD)

Date: 2017-05-06 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gokuma
As for something with a completely different vibe: "Among Others" by Jo Walton =>

Date: 2017-05-06 01:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lunabee34
Oh, this is so cool. I am definitely going to check out Maud's diary.

I wish I had a good answer for you.

The closest thing I can think of isn't really what you're asking for. In House of Leaves, the main narrative is interspersed with excerpts from a diary, and the book does some interesting typographical things with the way it's printed.

Date: 2017-05-06 10:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lunabee34
I like it too!

I have to admit that I'm more interested in the narrative about what's happening in the house than I am in the diary parts, but it's been years since I read it. I should do a reread at some point.

Date: 2017-05-06 02:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] swingandswirl
Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series is told in the form of diary entries, and it's one of my favourites - I believe there is some, but not a lot, of commentary on diary-keeping itself but even without that I'd recommend the books, as they're well-written and hilarious, and nothing at all like the movie.

Date: 2017-05-07 11:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] independence1776
The only fictional journals I know of off the top of my head are the 'Dear America' books for kids. I do not know how well they've aged.


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