The Wizard Who Saved Camelot

MAY / JUNE 2011: BY ESTHER ARCHER

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The new series Camelot creates a storyline different to what we know of the legend of King Arthur. It begins with him as the child of peasants, naive and innocent to what has happened to the Kingdom until one day Merlin arrives and declares that the King, Uther Pendragon, is dead and Arthur is heir to the throne.

Unfortunately for Arthur, his half sister Morgan also has a rightful claim to the throne as his sole heir… until Merlin proves Arthur is Uther’s illegitimate child. This causes Morgan to create an army that threatens the new king before his kingdom is even established. The newly crowned Arthur is faced with the possibility of war upon his discovery and the lives of he and his men are threatened if they do not leave within a week. Morgan, her warlord allies and the people do not believe Arthur is capable of being king, but importantly Arthur does not believe he is meant to be king. But Merlin has experienced visions of future destruction and war in the land and believes Arthur is the king who will bring peace and unity to Camelot. For days, he speaks words of hope and life into young Arthur’s heart, who does not know that within him lies a great king who has wisdom, strength and power, but no one, including his own men, sees this in Arthur. Continue reading The Wizard Who Saved Camelot

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A Day at the Sanctuary

MAY / JUNE 2011: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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It stuck its head outside the cage and sniffed at the strange green turf, then put one foot in front of the other and stepped out.

This might seem like a strange sight on the high plans of Colorado but is a regular happening at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Home to over 1,500 of God’s creatures, it offers a safe home to abandoned, abused, and mistreated lions, tigers, bears, wolves, and other carnivores. Each has a story, many of them tragic, from the mountain lion whose owners abused her so badly  she arrived with skull fractures to a bear whose poor eyesight has dimmed to blindness. Rescued from zoos, private collections, circuses, roadside attractions, and shelters throughout the US and abroad (25 lions just arrived from Bolivia), these animals faced euthanasia if not taken in. Their stories are heartbreaking …leopard cubs found in an air heating duct when their owners tried to hide them from the authorities, a lion kept in a filthy pit dug in a backyard (the owners fed him dogs from the nearest animal shelter!), and bears who were not even given water, so they resorted to drinking their own urine. It’s hard to read these tragic accounts of mistreatment but each has a happy ending: a new life at the Sanctuary. Continue reading A Day at the Sanctuary

Water for Elephants

MAY / JUNE 2011: BY SHANNON H.

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Sara Gruen’s historical fiction novel, Water for Elephants, was published in 2007 and became a best seller. For Christmas, my aunt had given me the book when it first came out and I neglected to read it for some time but I finally managed to delve into the story of veterinary student Jacob Janikowski struggling with the loss of his parents and trying to find himself among the many creatures great and small of the Benzini Brothers Circus. With the traveling circus, he finds his niche and camaraderie with the people that work in it. In 2011, the film version of Water for Elephants comes to the big screen with Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, and Reese Witherspoon in the leading roles as Jacob, August, and Marlena respectively. It is a fine adaptation of Gruen’s novel, but like most adaptations, it leaves a few details out. Some are minor and not worth discussing but there are a few aspects of the book that have been omitted from the film. Continue reading Water for Elephants

The Other Alice

MAY / JUNE 2011: BY RISSI C.

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Falling into a place where a story is going to take place is a unique method of transportation, but that is exactly how the heroine of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s fables arrives at her destination.

Within a reasonably short period of time, two versions of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland were released in film form. One was directed by Tim Burton for Disney and the other was on the silver screen by way of SyFy’s miniseries Alice. The only thing the two productions have in common are strong-willed heroines who share the loss of a father and the same first name. The blockbuster was a project Burton took seriously; his interpretation of the classic fairytale is a series of events rather than character-driven. He wanted to make a story that told us something about Alice as a person rather than just her wandering through an enchanted forest. Continue reading The Other Alice

Welcome to Femnista!

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From 2011 to 2016, the articles included on this blog were in magazine format. To keep up with the changing times and make our content available to a wider audience, the editor decided to move to a blog format. Enjoy reading through our amazing archives!

Every life is a journey.

It starts in childhood and grows as an adult. I began this particular journey at eleven when I opened a ratty notebook and wrote my very first story, about a pair of fedora and trench coat wearing felines who solved mysteries together. (What can I say, I liked cats and Nancy Drew books.) In the many years since, writing has become my passion… it is a talent, obsession, and interest shared by many other readers, movie-goers, and aspiring authors.

For awhile as a teenager I had my own newsletter. Eventually, I shut it down and moved on to other things but the desire to have my own publication continued to haunt me. The desire was filled for several years when I became the co-editor of a webzine that revolved around costume dramas. Many of you are no doubt familiar with the Costume Chronicles. We released 14 amazing issues full of glorious pictures and articles about some truly amazing costume dramas. Yet in my heart I wanted more. I wanted to talk about more than costume dramas, as much as I love them; I wanted to encourage others to expand their minds and see things anew. The end result of that passion is what you see before you, a webzine centered around everything I love: books, movies, art, drama, history, faith, and much more, with a hip, contemporary flavor.

We have a number of talented contributors that in this and future issues will cover an assortment of material. I am very excited about my new columnists and what we have planned for future installments. I also hope this will give new writers a voice, a chance for recognition, and inspire them to hone their skills. In the end, this publication is really in appreciation of writers… authors, screen-writers, anyone who tells a story and does it well. (Or in a few cases, not so well. Please stop writing books. You know who you are!!)

If you have a passion for writing and a topic you feel would make a good column let me know. If you simply want to write about a film, book, or series that fits in with our current theme, let me know! If you have an idea for a future theme, let me know! If you have a complaint, please write it down, tear it into many small pieces, and throw it in the trash. That saves me from doing it for you.

To find out our next theme and contribute please see our back cover. And in the meantime, enjoy this exploration of interesting topics and causes you might not have been aware of before now. ■

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