If you were the author of the book, what would you like to change about Rebecca?If you were the author of the book, what would you like to change about Rebecca?
I am making a prejudicial statement because I adore Du Maurier's novel Rebecca:
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again ... And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.
I truly wouldn't change a thing about Rebecca. It is horrifyingly suspenseful, heartbreakingly eerie, tragically mysterious, and romantically endearing enough just the way it is.
The ending is always a tragic shock--so much so that I must go back and reread as much as possible to see if I missed something or several things that will produce a different meaning to the words on the last pages. But it always ends the same, no matter what I reread--and like any great work--the ending always has the same sorrowful affect upon me. No--I wouldn't change a thing, not a thing.
If I could change anything about Daphne du Marier's book Rebecca it would be to give the main character a name. When I read the book for the first time, many years ago, at first I assumed that Rebecca was the name of the new Mrs. de Winter, the main character and narrator. But as you read, you discover that Rebecca was the first wife, who died mysteriously. I'd like to ask du Marier why she didn't name this woman. Did she think the mystery added to the suspense? Does the fact that we know the dead wife's name make her somehow make her another character? Surely the omission wasn't just an oversight.