Amazing Adaptations! – Scents and Sensibility

Wow.  Just … wow.

Why did anyone think this was a good idea?

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Moaning on a Monday Morning

Dog Tired

 

New Years resolution to post 3-4 times/week officially busted.  Restarting resolution as of Jan 14.

The first two weeks of 2013 have been emotionally draining and I’d like nothing more than to curl up and go to sleep for a week.  However, there are new movies to mock, new issues to make me angry, and an ever-growing pile of books I want to read.

Today’s recommendations for wiling away the hours (but not procrastinating of course – that would be wrong):

Anything and everything by Bettie Sharp – fairy tales awesomely retold as erotic fiction.

Sharpe’s intriguing take on Cinderella is available for free on her website (Ember).  Her Cinder Girl is a clever witch and her Prince Charming leaves his subjects no choice but to love him.  A neat look at love, image, and compromise that also redeems the stepmother and stepsisters in a wholly original fashion.

My favorite is Cat’s Tale: A Fairy Tale Retold, but then I’ll always love the morally dubious heroine best.  Lady Catriona is an unabashed social climber who gets on a wizard’s bad side and winds up a cat for her troubles.  Although initially thrown by the transformation  she finds a strapping miller’s son and a great pair of boots and takes the kingdom by storm.  Hot, sweet, and full of human failings.  2 paws up!

New Section for a New Year – Amazing Adaptations!

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Lest anyone get the idea that I’m going to be writing about only GOOD movies here:

Amazing (n.) – causing great wonder or surprise.

Synonyms: surprising, astonishing, blindsiding, dumbfounding, eye-opening, flabbergasting, jarring, jaw-dropping, jolting, shocking, startling, stunning, stupefying

–Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, 2013

So my plan is to amaze, to stupefy, to dumbfound you with the absolute wonder that is the American media.

Let’s hope we all survive…

First up:   Scents and Sensibility

Anne Hathaway is awesome

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If you’ve been under a bridge for the last year, you might not be aware that the long-anticipated (for me, at least), mostly faithful, feature film adaptation of Les Miserables hits theaters this Christmas.

Lately, I’ve been avoiding gossip rags and entertainment news since they tend to SPOIL EVERYTHING, so I didn’t hear the buzz from the premiere until I heard about Ann Hathaway’s visit with Matt Lauer.  Sadly, discussion of Ms. Hathaway’s heartfelt performance as Fantine is not what got my attention.

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The Hawkeye Initiative

Everyone who has ever read comics should go check out The Hawkeye Initiative.

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The picture above is artist Blue‘s commentary on Marvel Comics’ choices in cover art.  Keep in mind, this is a cover for an All-Ages (marketed to children) comic.  I don’t know about you but, when I was seven, I would have been more interested in Black Widow’s kicks and punches than her sexy acrobatics.  Great job attracting more girl readers, guys!

And so, the Hawkeye Initiative was born.  The challenge is simple: redraw “empowered poses” from comic books with Hawkeye in the role of the female character.  I love the comments from some of the artists that they feel “pervy” adding the butt cheek highlights and other details.  We’re so used to these images that it takes a paradigm shift to see how sexualized they really are.It’s been eye-opening for a lot of the internet.  Here are a few of the reblogged comments:

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