Romance comes with perils and pitfalls… and sometimes, broken hearts. From a human caught between immortal lovers to the husband left in the dust when a handsome stranger comes into his wife’s life, history and fiction teems with people drawn together.
This issue features memorable love triangles. Continue reading
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
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 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
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
This month, Femnista celebrates remarkable individuals throughout history who have left an impression on us, either through their contributions to social advancement, entertainment, or who lived extraordinary lives simply because society would not allow them to do otherwise. We invite you to join us as we explore some of our favorites, and share your heroes with us in the comments! Continue reading
Some stories transcend time, and capture our hearts across generations. In the 1980s, the film Somewhere in Time popularized a romance across different eras. The haunting Time Traveler’s Wife has enchanted more modern audiences, as does Outlander. From a time-traveling car to a Police Phone Box (with its famous two-hearted alien occupant)… the idea of time continues to captivate us. It passes with each moment. A life can come and go in the blink of an eye. It marches ever onward, to remind us life is not constant and never the same. But sometimes, we long for a different life… one from the past… 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.