Category Archives: heroines

A (critical) look back at SATC

DIFFICULT WOMEN: How “Sex and the City” lost its good name BY EMILY NUSSBAUM, New Yorker, July 29, 2013 When people talk about the rise of great TV, they inevitably credit one show, “The Sopranos.” Even before James Gandolfini’s death, the … Continue reading

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Emma Thompson interviews are a joy forever

Monogamy is an ‘odd state’, Emma Thompson says By Hannah Furness, The Telegraph, October 3, 2013 Monogamy in the modern day is an “odd state”, the Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has said, as she argues it is too easy to be … Continue reading

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Keeping Merida “brave”

What’s wrong with Disney princesses? A small victory for Merida doesn’t change the company’s dysfunctional branding BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS,, May 15, 2013 If there’s one thing you can count on Disney for, it’s creating strong leading female characters … Continue reading

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The Damsel in Distress trope, alive and well

Tropes vs Women in Video Games by Anita Sarkeesian,, March 7, 2013 As a trope, the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own … Continue reading

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Where are the complex heroines?

From Joss Whedon 22/08/13 Entertainment Weekly interview: We also prodded Whedon, who pioneered the modern teenage vampire saga with The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for how he felt about the Twilight films and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries. “A small part of you is … Continue reading

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A.S. Byatt, on the tale of Scheherazade

Narrate or Die: Why Scheherazade keeps on talking by A.S. Byatt, the New York Times magazine The best story ever told? Perhaps the story of the two brothers, both kings, who found that their wives were unfaithful, took bloody vengeance, and … Continue reading

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Austen vs. Eyre: A Jane Showdown

‘Jane Eyre’ movie rekindles Austen vs. Bronte, the battle of the bonnets By Monica Hesse, The Washington Post, March 17, 2011 Enough with the empire waistlines, the sparkly dialogue, the pride, the prejudice, the Colin Firth trudging out of the … Continue reading

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For the love of Marple

WTF Jennifer Garner As Miss Marple? By Sadie Stein,, March 29, 2011 ‘Nihilo sanc­tum estne?’ Miss Cross asked, famously and semi-accurately, in Rushmore. And contemplating the conundrum that is this Miss Marple remake, we’re left wondering the same thing. … Continue reading

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The Historical Hypatia

“Agora” and Hypatia – Hollywood Strikes Again by Tim O’Neill, Armarium Magnum, May 20, 2009 Normally I’d be delighted that someone was making a film set in the Fifth Century (at least, one that wasn’t another fantasy about “King Arthur” … Continue reading

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Mysterious Cleopatra

Cleopatra – what do we really know? from, August 8, 2011 What do you think of when you hear Cleopatra? Do you image a dark haired beauty, queen of sin, an enchantress?  Cleopatra was born in 69 BC and what we know … Continue reading

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