Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Why we should cheer Lisbeth Salander - CSMonitor.com:
"Salander is a controversial figure; feminists and other observers are divided over the message she sends to women today. That debate, while valid, misses a key point: We should all celebrate the emergence of an utterly original female literary character. In an action-story landscape where women are too often relegated to girlfriend, sidekick or prey in need of defending, Salander grabs the spotlight and refuses to let it go."Read more.
Surely action movies, as well as horror films, could benefit from an injection of Austenian wit, social satire, moral insight and depth of characterization? Because, let's face it: Too much of popular entertainment relies on fight scenes to gin up "excitement," and the dirty little secret is that, for a lot of us, the never-ending parade of fisticuffs, martial arts and car chases gets pretty dull.My suggestion? "Inception 2: Pride and Inception". Instead of dodging endless, extremely boring dream-projections with machine guns, our crack team of dream infiltrators must weasel their way past a wit and social-status bearing army of scheming Lady Catherine and insinuating Caroline Bingley types in order to reach the Darcy at the center of the subconscious.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
So recently two of my absolute favorite UK-based actors, both notable for playing slightly unhinged (or worse) characters, have popped into the popular consciousness, big time. I just thought I'd point out that before they were mainstream, they were BBC/ITV idols starring in highfalutin' adaptations of timeless British literature classics.
TOM HARDY: Before he won American hearts as sassy counterfeit man Eames in Chris Nolan's "Inception," Hardy smoldered and avenged himself across the moors as Heathcliff in Coky Giedroy's "Wuthering Heights." And he terrorized gold-hearted prostitutes and street urchins most magnificently, (along with his dog Bulls-eye) as murderous bloke Bill Sikes in Giedroy's "Oliver Twist."
10. Torture your protagonist.
The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story. Sometimes we try to protect them from getting booboos that are too big. Don’t. This is your protagonist, not your kid.
Read the rest of Janet Fitch's 10 rules for writers, at LA Times' Jacket Copy.
Monday, July 12, 2010
A review via gchat with my new sister-in-law, the queen of Egalitarian Bookworms. To give you some background; this book deals with all sorts of family issues, from Eric's maker to Sam's mom to Bill's "sister" to Sookie's little cousin, who has the same "disability" that she does... and the fairy war that wreaked so much havoc on the characters in the last book has just come to a bloody end. This is probably the last part of this post you'll understand.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Short Story Cllections
- Alternatives/selected stories: Willa Cather, Alice Munro, Sherwood Anderson, Katherine Mansfield, New Yorker readings, etc
Saturday, July 03, 2010
(WOMENSENEWS)--Female authors this year have produced something for every type of summer reading, from light, fluffy and popular to feminist tracts and epic literary explorations.