Animated Ragdolls for Grownups: 9 Reviewed

***SPOILERS AHEAD!*** I am not going to shy from discussing details and outcomes of the plot when they are relevant to the points I am discussing here. So if you want to go into the movie without knowing the details of how it will turn out, get thee to the theater and then come back […]

The Mists of Avalon Reviewed

Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon has been on my reading list for some time now, ever since my husband and I rented the television mini-series last year. A few months ago, as part of my course on women writers, I wrote a term paper on the idea that the fantasy genre is a […]

Storytelling: Much Ado about Nothing?

Back in late November, Stellaluna posted meta entitled Storytelling that I rather liked. It made the argument that stories aren’t “just stories” and authors can’t use this as an excuse for unwitting or insensitive depictions of typically disenfranchised groups. I liked it for this reason: I think it’s too easy and too common for stories […]

Tolkien, Allegory, and the Maddening Perseverance of Denial

I am currently taking a course on modern epic fantasy literature and, of course, the core of it is a study of Tolkien. This week’s topic is allegory in Tolkien’s works: Is there or isn’t there? The course has been pretty tame so far, mostly looking at the literary influences on Tolkien’s work, his biography, […]