The first time you read The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, you should read it sober, just so you know what the hell is going on. Any subsequent reads after that, well, friend, indulge as much as you want.
The Woman In White was the first readalong book I completed in January, and OMFG I loved it. However, I was nagged by how awesome of a drinking game I could make from it. As this is a long weekend for those of us who are Americans and this is the week of posts for the first half of the Woman In White and I already finished it, I thought why not post my drinking game for it.
A little background on The Woman In White:
The story is told by multiple narrators. The main cast consists of Marion Halcombe, Laura Fairlie, and Walter Hartright. Anyways, the book begins with Walter being employed by Marion and Laura to teach them art. So, Walter walks on over and comes across a nutty lady dressed all in white. Adventures and WTFery ensue. Villains do dastardly deeds, I’m looking at you Sir Percival and Count Fosco. Mystery is had. Overall, free of flowery prose and 15 pages on a tree, etc, The Woman In White is quite readable for those of us who aren’t exactly dipping in the classics well very often.
Right-o. Now that you kind of have a background and have read this sober, it is time to play The Woman In White drinking game, so crack open your book, have something delicious by your side and prepare to get sloshed. It’s Hammer Time.
Take One Drink:
Every time the narrator changes
Every time Marion says something along the lines of how lame women are
Every time we hear about Laura being weak/delicate/fragile
Take Two Drinks:
Every time Count Fosco keeps the peace
Every time Sir Percival’s money troubles are referred to
Every time Frederick Fairlie is acting the hypochondriac
Take Three Drinks:
Every time Sir Percival’s SECRET is mentioned
Every time we hear about how wild, etc Countess Fosco used to be
Every time Marion comes up with A PLAN
Take Four Drinks:
Every time Anne Catherick shows up.. bonus drink when they mention why she dresses the way she does
Every time Walter Hartright takes a journey
Every time you read the word Typhus
Friends, you are welcome for this excellent opportunity to get plastered in the name of LITERATURE!