Author Archives: Charity

About Charity

Charity. ENFP. 614 / 6w7 1w2 4w5 so/sp. Slytherin.

Falling in Love with Reading: The Giver

I grew up home-schooled, which I think for most people implies I was an avid reader. This was true. I read a lot. My mom had a rule I read at least 30 minutes a day, which was no struggle. Reading was so normal and common for me, I didn’t think much about it. It was a time-killing activity I would complete with as much apathy as one who watches infomercials late at night. Sometimes by noon, I had finished with my schoolwork for the day. I would camp out in my room and read for 3 hours. I read in the car, before bed, while I procrastinated instead of doing my required household chores… Continue reading

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The Cursed Child

When the magic continues…

What would you say if all your dreams about all your favorite characters come true? What if all your favorite characters gathered together in one interesting story? Probably, you would be happy as an army of Harry Potter fans, having received the long-awaited continuation of their favorite franchise. It’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Let’s inspect this official sequel in the form of the play… Continue reading

Nov / Dec 2018: Age of Innocence

Storytellers have filled the world with childhood heroes and heroines for generations. From Romeo & Juliet to Harry Potter, some of our most beloved literature comes from children’s literature. It teaches, it inspires, and it never leaves our hearts. This issue of Femnista focuses on the wonderful children’s stories that remind us of our own childhood. Continue reading

No Ship, Sherlock!

It goes without saying that Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved and famous fictional characters ever created. Ever since his first appearance in 1887 in A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his popularity has never wavered. Obviously, his presence has only increased with the advent of visual mediums. There are too many examples of Holmes in film and television to count. A series simply titled Sherlock is one recent entry in the plethora of renderings of the character, and it makes itself unique in many ways. The storytelling in Sherlock uses its Sherlock and Molly relationship as a device for Sherlock’s character development and probably not as an actual endgame ship. Continue reading

Not a Fool: The Importance of Portraying Dr. Watson Correctly

All but four of the original sixty Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (also known as the “canon”) are narrated by Dr. John Watson.

You know what that tells us?  Watson is not merely a sidekick.  He’s not an afterthought.  He’s not just the comic relief.  He’s not a cardboard cut-out for Holmes to bounce ideas off. Continue reading

Rest in Peace: The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane

What’s your favorite Sherlock Holmes story?

Every Holmes fan has a different answer to that question. My own has always been “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane.” Published in 1926, “Lion’s Mane” is the final installment in the collection entitled The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. Because the Case-Book was the last Holmes anthology Conan Doyle published, “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” was the last story Sherlock Holmes (in his original incarnation, at any rate) would ever appear in. Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes: A Canon of Friendship

Sherlock Holmes made an enormous impact on crime literature. His unusual methods (deductive reasoning, observation, and intuitive conclusions) were so different from the Penny Dreadfuls of the day, he became one of the most famous characters in history (only Bram Stoker’s Dracula has had as much fame). But what makes Holmes live on when history has forgotten many other fictional detectives? Continue reading

Halloween 2018: Sherlock Holmes Week

No literary detective is more famous than Sherlock Holmes. The most popular and iconic literary character of all time (only Dracula has as many spin-offs and adaptations), Holmes has stood as a beacon of genius since A Study in Scarlet first appeared in The Strand Magazine. Audiences have loved him through countless adaptations of The Hound of the Baskervilles. They have bought numerous pastiches. Read many adventures that mention Holmes (books about his sister, his illegitimate daughter – what? – his wife, his friends, even Irene Adler!) Hollywood continues to churn out movie after movie, and television is never far behind. For Halloween week, we celebrate Sherlock Holmes! Continue reading