Twilight (Pro): The Lion & the Lamb



I came late to the Twilight Saga, not reading the first book until Eclipse had knocked Harry Potter off the Number One Bestseller spot. I’d seen it at the library and even flipped through it a few times to see what it was about, but my lifelong avoidance of vampires as something that would guarantee nightmares was tough to break. But in the wake of Harry Potter I was feeling blue. What was there to look forward to now that Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s adventures had been wrapped up? The answer it seemed was this Twilight book I kept hearing about. I wound up at the bottom of a long list of people on hold for it at the library (number 57, I think) and impatience got the better of me one night at Walmart when I saw a display of paperbacks for $6. “What’s that?” my mom asked as I rejoined her in line. Continue reading


Beastly Made Better



From the age we learn to read, we are told a book is always best. If for some reason, a movie production team got its hands on it—well, it just can’t compare. After all, it was first conceived in the author’s mind and penned with their original intent. While films can do their utmost to do the author justice, it is rare when the feat is achieved. Continue reading

Window Seats and Poisoned Wine: Arsenic and Old Lace



We begin our tale on October 31st, where a man named Mortimer Brewster finds himself in line to get a marriage license. His blushing bride, Elaine Harper, stands a good head shorter than he and kindly ignores the fact that he is both a dramatic critic and anti-matrimonial minded bloke. Everything goes according to plan and he happily takes his wife back to her home to pack, which happens to be right across the street from where his sweet, elderly spinster aunts, Abby and Martha, reside. Abby and Martha are as charming as their historic abode and take care of their peculiar nephew, Teddy, who believes himself to be President Theodore Roosevelt. Continue reading

The Greatest of These is Love



Attempting to describe my affection for the Harry Potter book series is impossible; the mark it has left on me is undeniable and I am a different person today because of it. Though there are many powerful messages in its pages, the strongest is love in all forms … friendships that grow and strengthen, the love parents have for their children, and romantic love both true and lasting and weak and waning. Love survives, transcends, grows and offers salvation. It is the redemption of Snape and the destruction of Lord Voldemort. From the very beginning, the power of love is apparent when Harry wonders how he survived the death curse that killed his parents. Dumbledore reveals it was his mother sacrificing her life for his that allowed him to live. “That kind of love leaves a mark, Harry… it is in your very skin.” Continue reading

The Magic Touch



What do berry pie and dead people have in common? If you are not familiar with a television show that aired between the years 2007 and 2009, your answer might be “nothing.” But if you are fortunate enough to have experienced the charm and visual vintage-coolness of Pushing Daisies, you may have an altogether different response. Regardless, in reading further perhaps you will find that berry pie and death work well together. Continue reading

From The Editor: The Search for Truth



Everything touches us in some way or another. For some of us, Harry Potter was not just a phenomenon but a life-altering experience. Some may find it hard to believe that could be true but for me it is. I believe that Christians can find inspirational material in a multitude of places, not the least of which are the magical corridors of Hogwarts.

I knew when introducing this theme and making the choice to put out this special issue on Halloween that it would raise a few eyebrows, but it was also a challenge to my writers to stretch their appreciation of art, literature and film and seek out truth wherever it resides. I would like to say I am surprised at the result but I’m not. I have the immense pleasure of working with talented and gifted individuals who can peer into the heart and soul of different mediums and glean nuggets of wisdom from them. In these pages you will find references to and explorations of magic, read more about the positives and negatives of the vampire craze, discern different kinds of lasting love, realize the impact a musical score has, learn that not all monsters are creatures but that some are profoundly human, and discover new and exciting worlds in which more lurks than just werewolves.

Maybe you are already familiar with this odd assortment of characters and tales but even if you are not, I do encourage you to open up your mind, settle back with your cat and a cup of tea, and revel in the delights we place before you. Love and appreciation for each topic was put into this issue and it shows through in the hearts and words of my contributors.

I love Femnista. I love what it inspires. I love that it remains diverse in its contributions, showing a wide range of interests and passions. It is my hope that with time and patience, you will come to love it too.

Go forth, dear readers… live, love, appreciate, and explore. ■


Snapshot of a Villain: Michael Corleone



I have a soft spot for bad boys. My philosophy is without a villain, the hero would not become heroic, thus we need an antagonist to bring out the good in the hero. Fortunately for my mother’s state of mind, my appreciation for the vast intelligence of literary anti-heroes does not carry over into real life, but that does not prevent me from being fond of them on screen or in the pages of a decent book. I am not alone. Most females have at least a little bit of an attraction to the bad boy. Maybe it is in our nature, but I think it says a good deal about ourselves.

Let’s talk about one of the most infamous men in history, Michael Corleone, from The Godfather. Continue reading

Lovelorn Gentleman: Mr. Guppy of Bleak House



Envision, if you will, a young man, puzzling in appearance and dedicated to his art. He wears clothes of a mixed nature, a tall, unsightly hat, well tended coat with tails, and fashionable cravat. He marches hither and thither with a purpose, papers in one hand, hat held firmly down by the other, only taking time off for a lunch of lobster ‘n’ lettuce at a local establishment. He is justly proud of his accomplishments: his position and pay are rising and he is able to afford a nicer home for himself and his mother to reside in. Yet, there is one thing lacking in his life: a wife. Continue reading

The Many Emotions of Captain Frederick Wentworth



He was at the time a remarkably fine young man… full of life and ardour… headstrong.” This is how Jane Austen first describes Frederick Wentworth in Persuasion. Young, confident and smart, Wentworth is one of Jane Austen’s most charming and energetic heroes… and perhaps her most emotional one. All her leading men are deeply emotional beneath the social conventions that prevailed during the 19th century but Wentworth’s feelings throughout are particularly fascinating because they affect and motivate his actions in a more apparent manner. In fact, his emotions are often far easier to read than many of the other characters in the novel save for Anne Elliot’s since the story is told from her point of view. This allows a unique perspective and understanding to his ultimate character. Continue reading

Austen’s Heroes in a Modern World



If there is one author who could be said to have created some of the most memorable and desirable men in literary history, it would be Jane Austen. It is hard to find a woman who isn’t familiar with the likes of Mr. Darcy, Colonel Brandon, or Mr. Knightly. Whether our familiarity stems from many readings of her novels or film incarnations of the men played by striking British thespians, Austen created unforgettable characters. Continue reading