Consider this a token response to Breaking Dawn (subtitled Breaking Bella).
Natalie Wilson recently wrote a book entitled Seduced by Twilight, which touches on many of the very legitimate concerns the series raises, an excerpt of which was run on Women’s Enews. Wilson attempts to “explore the contradictory messages of Twilight, a series that presents neither a subversive nor a conservative view of larger social contexts, but is an ambiguous mixture of both.”
Most of the messages in the saga are rather old-fashioned, encouraging the largely female fan base to head back to the kitchen. The series speaks for the likes of Glenn Beck, who told Sarah Palin to “make him some stew.” Yet, some of the textual strands are transgressive, suggesting that religious and cultural mores of sexuality and gender are too strict. Others …
Forbes.com recently posted a list of “The 10 Most Powerful Women Authors”, a list compiled specifically by Forbes Blogger, Avril David, who chose to include only living writers of fiction and personal narratives. The list is based not entirely on literary skill, nor is it confined to pop culture writers, instead, it focuses on the authors’ influence through her words.
Naturally, JK Rowling came in number one on the list. If this were a list of the best or most influential female writers, JK Rowling would be receiving much less appreciation. However, Rowling’s 450 million books sold, 8 movies about her books, and Harry Potter’s standing in …
The Hollywood Reporter claims that it exclusively discovered that the movie version of Judy Blume’s young adult novel, Tiger Eyes, and is to start filming today in New Mexico. Well I’ve got news for you, Hollywood Reporter – if you followed Judy Blume on Twitter, you would have known in April that she was writing the script for it!
Who-scooped-her notwithstanding, Blume has long been reticent to adapt her films to the big screen, saying:
The color was the biggest thing. It had to look like vampire skin. It took me and the head of production two and a half months to get the color we were looking for. She has 10 other ones that are various shades that didn’t work. Way too pink, way too pale, it took a long time to make a pale flesh tone. The other problem was the sparkle: It had to sparkle in the sunlight. If it didn’t sparkle in the sunlight, the whole idea was dead. It was kind of poking fun but it’s also supposed to tie into the whole fantasy. The glitter on hand didn’t sparkle in the sunlight, so we had to have some ordered specially. We did have people write in and tell us that Edward was bigger than that.
Edward is bigger than that? Wow, I must have missed the subliminal message in the book that he’s buying KYNGs or something. And this, of course, begs the question of who is actually buying and, uh, using these products.