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Mon
Nov 7 2016 1:30pm

Lois Lane Reclaimed in Superheroes Anonymous

Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne

The history of Lois Lane is basically the history of the American working woman. She appeared in the first Superman story, a confident, brash female reporter who refused to bend to what society thought women should be. But, then, in that first issue, she also had to be rescued by Superman. That famous cover of Action Comics #1 with Superman lifting the car? That’s Superman saving Lois from the man whose advances she’d refused earlier in the story.

Yep, Superman’s first act was to save Lois Lane from toxic masculinity.

Not the way he’d put it back then. Back then, his creators had Superman standing up to for common decency. That was no way to treat anyone, even in 1938.

But Lois’s introduction also contains a dichotomy that haunts her to this day: She’s the independent woman who needs Superman to sometimes save her.

Even when Lois is doing the investigative work no one else can (or will do) do, what is said is “look at her, she’s being rescued again.” Even in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (a lousy movie), Lois is the only one being proactive. She’s the one who investigates the setup she encounters at the beginning of the movie, she’s the one who probes beneath the surface and realizes that someone behind the scenes is pulling the strings. In other words, she figures it out.

Meanwhile, Batman is off being gloomy in one corner and Superman is doing the same in the other. Her work plus Lois’s well-known acquaintance with Superman, is what gets her in trouble, every time. But she sees through Lex before anyone else. And for her troubles, she’s tossed off a roof so Superman will show up.

[Rude...]

Tue
Aug 16 2016 9:30am

In Chuck Wendig’s Invasive, the Heroine Is the Story

Invasive by Chuck Wendig

Note: While we love Chuck Wendig's writing, he does not write romance, and while we'll be exploring the kick-ass heroine in his lastest book, Invasive, we can't guarantee an HEA...but you probably guess that already. 

When I finally watched Jurassic World, having missed it when it was in theaters, I turned to my eldest son and asked “does this movie entirely consist of Chris Pratt yelling at the female scientist for being wrong?”

He said, “Yeah, pretty much, plus the dinosaurs.”

I was thinking of my reaction to Jurassic World as I read Chuck Wendig’s new thriller, Invasive. Without being too spoilery, the story is about an FBI consultant, a self-dubbed futurist, who is called in on the case of a mysterious death in a remote cabin where ants have consumed the corpse. Things quickly become more complicated. There’s a billionaire, a secret lab on a remote island, and the inevitable but terrifying release of the killer ants.

The consultant is the lead of the story, the one who the others depend on for survival. In other words, this character is the Chris Pratt-style lead.

But in Invasive, a woman is the lead.

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Fri
May 13 2016 1:00pm

Move Over, Batman vs. Superman: It’s Time for the Ladies!

Make no mistake: Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a bad movie by any objective measure.

But in a movie where people make speeches at each other rather than talk and where even the great Holly Hunter is given little to do, there are two standout characters.

One is Wonder Woman. I’m sure you’ve heard about her.

The other is Lois Lane.

[You read that correctly...]

Fri
Mar 18 2016 4:10pm

We’re on the Record with These Journalists in Romance

Trust Me On This Jennifer Crusie

What makes romances with journalist lead character so juicy?

For one, journalists can fit any genre, from historical to contemporary to paranormal. For two, there’s built-in conflict, as getting the story  usually conflicts with getting the girl/guy. 

Sometimes the stakes are about saving lives, sometimes it’s about saving careers, but it’s always about uncovering the truth, especially the truth about each other’s most intimate selves.

Still not sure? Here’s a list to get you started.

Trust Me On This Jennifer Crusie 

In her forward, Crusie calls this “the only classic screwball comedy I’ve ever written,” and she’s right, of course. Reporter Dennie needs to interview an elusive subject to save her career, while Alex is a government agent working to find a grafter and suspect Dennie is working for him. Fun ensues, naturally.

[I need to know who, what, when, where, and why? ...]

Wed
Mar 16 2016 4:30pm

The Flash’s Iris West Deserves Her Happily Ever After

Spoiler Alert: If you aren't familiar with the comic book world of The Flash, this post may contain spoilers for the adaptation of this world in CW's The Flash. 

Iris West, beloved of Barry “The Flash” Allen, now played by Candice Patton on The Flash, used to have a simple history. From her creation in 1958, two years after Barry debuted in his role as DC Comics’ new Flash, to her “death” in 1979, Iris was an investigative reporter and, more relevant to the romance community, one half of one of the best comic love stories of all time.

But since then, she’s been dead, a displaced time traveler, a man, alive, widowed, became a grandmother, spent time in limbo, and finally was alive again, back as an investigative reporter but now single. (Comics everyone!)  I can only hope, with Iris appearing as Barry’s true love on The Flash television show, that their love story will live again, to the joy of romantics everywhere.

Iris was a normal superhero love interest for the first part of her history. She had a long and happy marriage and that, for the time period, she was portrayed as unusually intelligent and capable. In the first Flash comic that I ever read, Flash #233, Iris figured out Barry had been replaced by his doppleganger from the future, the Reverse Flash. Iris had set Barry’s wristwatch ahead because he was notoriously late to events requiring his civilian alter ego. When he still showed up late, she knew something was up and confronted Zoom. Of course, she wasn’t capable of defeating Zoom by herself but Barry came back from limbo in time to save her life.

[The nine lives of Iris West ...]

Thu
Mar 3 2016 2:30pm

5 Reasons Why Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day Is The Best Romantic Movie Ever

I’m not sure exactly when I knew this movie would turn out to be an all-time favorite. Perhaps it was the moment when Miss Pettigrew, starved in so many ways, eats the cucumbers placed on her eyes as part of a spa treatment. Or maybe it was the moment when Michael asks for an icepick “for murder, not ice,” during his first appearance or perhaps it’s when Miss Pettigrew chastises the rest of the cast for all their emotional flittering. “Love is not a game.”

But my all-time favorite scene from the movie is when Miss Pettigrew advises Delysia on love while hiding under a piano during an air raid drill. Miss Pettigrew knows what it’s like to be in love with someone and to lose him. “He smiled when he looked at me and we could’ve built a life on that.” But Miss Pettigrew’s love died “in the mud in France,” and Delysia must not make the same mistake and lose her love, Michael, for any reason.

The movie is about how Miss Pettigrew, a failed governess, takes over the job of social secretary for a cabaret singer who is hiding secrets of her own, all the while juggling three different men, though she loves only one. It’s done in a style deliberately reminiscent of the classic Hollywood comedies and the dialogue especially shines.

[5 Reasons to watch Miss Pettigrew ...]

Wed
Feb 3 2016 6:30pm

Steve Trevor: The Many Lives of Wonder Woman’s First Love

Steve Trevor is the rarest superhero love interests. First, he’s a man. Second, he’s an ordinary man with no powers. Third, as the first man Diana ever meets, he’s integral to her origin.

But, last and most important, Steve sets the template for Wonder Woman’s view of the “man’s world” outside Paradise Island.

For those familiar with the story, young Princess Diana is raised by the Amazons of Paradise Island until the day when a World War II pilot crashlands during a secret mission. When Diana rescues him, he considers her his “angel” and thus a great romance is born. That was the basis of the Wonder Woman television show of the 1970s, though it’s Steve Trevor Jr. in the later episodes set in the present day.

[The ever changing Steve Trevor ...]