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!

Led Astray by the Smut Peddler

June is my book amnesty month.  For 30 days, I will try anyone’s recommendations, no matter how ridiculous they sound.  It would be easy to back out, but every year I find one or two things that make the whole exercise worthwhile.

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Last June, at the urging of a librarian friend (the titular Smut Peddler), I picked up a few titles for a trip.  They were adventure novels with a touch of the supernatural and a LOT of sex.   They were full of smart, feisty women who couldn’t be controlled by the patriarchal hierarchy that raised them. To my great surprise, I loved them.

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10 Cent Review – Super 8

super 8

Thought provoking family sci-fi film about loneliness and alienation (pun intended)

Super 8 was not the best movie of 2011.  Super 8  may not have even been the best alien movie of 2011 (I hear great things about  Attack the Block which I still have to see).  It was, however, the best live-action, family film I’ve seen in a very long time.  Heartfelt performances (can someone give Kyle Chandler the awards he deserves?), geeky childhood enthusiasm, and small town desperation combine to create something special.

3 1/2 Alien Thumbs Up

Finding Feminist Narratives

When I think of modern feminist narratives, one of the first things that comes to mind is:

The Vampire Diaries

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You’re probably thinking, “What is she talking about?  Look at those sexualized women on the poster.  How can this show possible promote healthy self esteem?”

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