Spies have existed since the world began. Humans create conflict. People take sides. To win, one must undercut the other. Thus, espionage is born. It forms the basis of many popular franchises, from the Borne movies to James Bond. From back alley dealings in Tudor times to Russian informants in the Cold War, fictional and historical figures have learned suspicion.
In this issue of Femnista, we explore the spies and sleuths who made an impression. We hope you will find old favorites… and new fascinations.
I’ve announced our 2019 upcoming issues! Please visit this page to find out what’s coming soon — and if you’re a writer, sign up (either comment or e-mail me directly). Thank you so much, and I look forward to collaborating with you! ❤ Charity
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
Authors. Poets. Playwrights. Artists. Somewhere along the way in life, they touch us. They leave their impressions on us. They inspire us. But where it happened, what were the circumstances, and which literary and artistic marks they left on our hearts, are our own individual tales. Continue reading
Revolution. The word sends a chill up the most hardened spine. History has seen countless bloody conflicts, most of which resulted in mass losses of life and innocent victims. In this issue, we explore them in all their gruesomeness, to remind ourselves that change never comes without great cost. Check back each Saturday for a new article!
IN THIS ISSUE:
Love Can Be a Revolution: Doctor Zhivago, by Rachel Sexton
Music Makers: Joseph Plunkett and the Irish Easter Rising, by Jessica Prescott
The Origins of a Monster: The Regency Sexual Revolution, by Charity Bishop
Let Them Eat Cake: The Real Marie Antoinette, by Scarlett Grant
The Russian Revolution, by Veronica Leigh
The Dangers of Patriotic Zeal: Taras Bulba, by Rachel Kovaciny
Olympe de Gouges, by Scarlett Grant
Thank you, and please enjoy our historical reflections!
Writers have re-imagined stories for generations. Oral storytelling changed when written tales achieved popularity, and over the years, authors, directors, and playwrights have approached the same themes and topics with unique flourishes. From Hollywood remakes to a new twist on a familiar tale, this month we bring you an assortment of delightful stories made new… Continue reading
Since the tremendous success of the first all-star Spider-Man over a decade ago, Hollywood has filled theater seats with all kinds of super heroes, from large and green with anger issues to plated in iron or with steel claws. Here, we explore some of our favorite big screen super heroes and their comic book origins. Continue reading
NOV / DEC 2017: BY MARIANNA KAPLUN
Far, far away in Britain there is a beautiful place called Gretna Green. This small village in the south of Scotland famous for its runaway weddings and romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those in neighboring countries. So why does this unremarkable village have a wedding capital’s reputation? Let’s try to understand. Continue reading
The public knows no era better for ghost stories, vampire fiction, and superstition than the Victorian era. The arrival of science began to dispel old myths, but many authors clung to the “old ways” through an upturn in Gothic Fiction, and the Victorian era also produced many of the most popular classic novelists. Dickens took long walks in the dingy London streets. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes ran wild in the imaginations of impressionable readers. The Brontë sisters penned famous novels in the moors. Penny Dreadful sold on each street corner. Jack the Ripper scandalized Europe with his gruesome murders. And… the world continues to look to the Victorian Era for inspiration, for harrowing tales, and for glimpses of humanity’s darker natures.
In this issue, we feature six Victorian-era topics for you to savor on a chilly October afternoon.
IN THIS ISSUE:
A Maddening Crowd of Suitors, by Rachel Sexton
The Elephant Man, by Scarlett Grant
Dangerous Illusions: The Women of Beguiled, by Charity Bishop
The Brontë Sisters, by Victoria Leigh
Haunted by the Hound, by Rachel Kovaciny
The Turn of the Screw, by Carol Starkey
Join us November 1st for a sneak preview into our next issue, Through Time.
I’m now accepting sign-ups for our special issue, running Feb 1-28, for Black History Month.
Articles on historic figures of African or African-British or African-American or African-French, etc., descent (famous historical figures, actors/actresses/directors/authors, etc), are welcome, as are books, films, and characters from television shows.
Here is a list of interesting recent famous African Americans. I welcome anyone else you can think of. 🙂
Article deadline: Jan 17, 2018.
Taken: A United Kingdom, A Patch of Blue.
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