Sunday, August 4, 2013

Femnista July/August Issue

First off, welcome to my new readers! I suspect you found me through my Sherlock Holmes article for Femnista and that couldn't make me happier. I hope we get to know each other and I'm thrilled to have you on my blog!

Next, for those of you who didn't know, the newest issue for Jul/Aug of Femnista is now available! The theme this time is Best Friends and my article is for Sherlock and John. My sister, Caitlin, also wrote an article for Hugo and Isabelle from The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This issue is a fantastic homage to best friends everywhere, be it Spock and Kirk or Ryan and Esposito from one of my favorite shows of all time, Castle. Well done on that one, Hannah!


So, here you go, enjoy reading, and I hope you'll return for the next issue on October 1st, the Sept/Oct edition with a Literary Villains theme. Unless I have absolutely no inspiration to pen an article for him, my chosen villain is Brian de Bois-Guilbert from Sir Walter Scott's masterpiece, Ivanhoe.

19 comments:

  1. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about Brian. He's a fascinating character.

    I considered doing Aro, then Frollo, and finally settled on Hannibal Lecter. Wait, that sounds wrong... ;)

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    1. At least I have time to read the book! :)

      When is your issue for Speculative Fiction?

      You chose Hannibal! I'm so shocked over here!

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    2. Hop to it! ;)

      That's the Hallween issue, due Oct 17th.

      I know, right? Savvy has threatened me with violence if I don't let her read it first, but I figure -- I've read all the books now, I know this character, I don't need her to check my facts. ;)

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    3. Oh boy, good thing I checked!

      *snort* You're not at all deliberately withholding the article from her to see what she'll do, now are you? ;)

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    4. Well, plus I know she's going to disagree with my conclusions about Clarice Starling. She and Katie have some mumbo-jumbo theory about how it's true love -- I just see her ending as Stockholm Syndrome with a side of pyschotic drugs and re-condiotioning therapy. =P

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    5. True love with a psycho killer. Okay, I can get true love with Khan. He doesn't eat people! Clarice is intrigued by Hannibal's obvious intellect, probably confounded by it, but the idea that it could be true love outside of a Stockholm scenario is insane. True love brings out the best in the other person (or it should). It certainly doesn't degrade, diminish, and deceive the woman into agreeing with the psycho behavior of the man. Not true love, not ever. Savvy and Katie must be interesting gals to have arrived at that conclusion.

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    6. Khan... did it get hot in here?

      Um, well, the way Hannibal ends, you're not sure if Lecter did continue in his dietary habits. I mean, it's not a compulsion for him -- he chooses to do it, which means he could choose not to, and live happily ever after with Clarice somewhere without drawing any attention or piling up any bodies. But... I didn't really get a vibe on whether that happened or not. Hannibal completes Clarice by forcing her to confront her past, and she fills the hole left in his heart after the death of his little sister. So, I guess in that sense, I "get it," I just didn't BELIEVE it.

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    7. All I can say then is that Clarice is part crazy. Out of all the men she could be attracted to, why a serial killer? I'm relieved to hear that Hannibal could potentially turn "it" off and be normal. Which is weird because what does that make him? Is he a sociopath, a psychopath? Do psychopaths ever stop killing? Do they ever make that choice? You're giving me more questions about Hannibal that I need to answer!! ARGH! ;)

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    8. Harris insists he is not a psychopath (they're unaware of the repercussions of their actions in society) or a sociopath (fully aware) but... he's an evil sod, that's for sure. I'm not sure what that makes him. =D

      ... sorry.

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  2. I'm one of those who discovered your blog through your article. I enjoyed it immensely! And the others as well, especially Hugo and Isabelle, Lewis and Hathaway, and Ryan and Epsosito! Castle is a great show. :)

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    1. Sarah, I'm delighted to meet you! It's such a rare occurrence for me to get new followers and now I've got 4 all at once! I'm practically giddy! :)

      And I'm happy to hear you enjoyed my article. I was a little worried because I sort of lambasted the newer Holmes incarnations, but I wanted to tell it like I see it.

      As for Castle, it really is a great show! I'm meeting up with a girlfriend in a couple of days to get caught up before the new season starts. I'm missing around 4 episodes, I think. I have to at least see the finale!

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    2. Likewise! :)

      You did it right. I LOVE BBC's Sherlock, but what you said was true -- their friendship isn't as great as it could be. Too modernized I guess. Maybe it'll grow and become better in series 3 though!

      Ooh fun, I thought season 5 was fantastic, I'm excited to watch it over again in re-runs! Enjoy!

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    3. They're introducing Mary Morstan in this season, right? That will be the clincher in how John and Sherlock's friendship develops. Having Holmes be, I don't know . . . jealous in the new movies over Watson and Mary Morstan was weird, so I hope they don't go that route. I can't say Holmes was ever enthused over Watson's interest in women in Doyle's work, but it was more disinterest than anything else. I'd like to see Sherlock be mildly supportive, but mostly disinterested. That would fit into the canonical reaction and make me very happy.

      Of course, right now, I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out how the heck Sherlock survived that fall last season!!!

      Did you see the interviews for Comic Con with Martin and Ben? Ben's actually gives the mildest of mild spoilers, at least throwing out a possible idea for what happened. I just hope, whatever they do, that it makes sense!

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    4. I did hear something about that, and that Martin's wife was going to play her? I agree, jealousy is the wrong, and already used up path. Disinterested but supportive sounds good to me too! Having Sherlock "come back from the dead" and introducing Mary makes a very good opportunity to tweak the friendship in the right direction, so I hope they take advantage of it.

      That is definitely what I'm most excited about for this season! I have a few ideas, but I'm sure we're going to be blown away!

      All I've seen of them from Comic Con was a joke video where Cumberbatch "explains" how he survives, but "the signal is lost" so we only hear random bits of it. It was very funny. That one? I'm sure it will make sense -- I'm sure they took that into consideration while writing the scene. And I bet they left enough clues so we could figure it out... if we were smart enough. :P

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  3. Yay! Glad for another issue of Femnista. Still haven't read it (*sad face*) but am sure yours is FANTASTIC, Carissa. :)

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    1. I've read a couple of the articles, but haven't settled down to read the whole thing yet. Mayhaps tonight! And when you do read my article, I hope you enjoy it. What did you write for this time?

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  4. Hello Carissa, I didn't actually find your blog through the newest Femnista article, but I did through Femnista :-S Well, as I started up my own blog rather recently, I was looking for some blogs to add to my reading list and went through the Femnista blog list and there you were!

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    1. Ahhhh, how cool! Well, I hope you enjoy reading through my somewhat eclectic (let's be honest, they're weird) tastes. And I'll go add your blog asap! :)

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