The Magic Touch

HALLOWEEN 2011: BY HANNAH KINGSLEY

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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

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From The Editor: The Search for Truth

HALLOWEEN 2011: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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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. ■

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Snapshot of a Villain: Michael Corleone

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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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

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY CAITLIN HORTON

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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

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY LIANNE M. BERNARDO

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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

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY LYDIA WATSON

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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

Light and Darkness: Men of the Hunger Games

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY RACHEL SEXTON

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Since the popularity of Harry Potter shifted into high gear, the category of books known as young adult has steadily increased to become a major profitable section of the market. The Twilight series was a huge success and the number of entries aimed at teen readers has grown even more recently. Fantasy and paranormal romance remain fixtures in this type of writing, but another genre has appeared and taken off in popularity: the dystopian thriller. The main character usually faces an oppressive future government and must fight for their lives and those of the ones they love. One of the earliest examples of the dystopian fiction boom is one of the most critically adored and will soon have it’s own film adaptation. The Hunger Games trilogy manages distinctive character development amid a furiously-paced plot and the characters of Peeta and Gale leave a unique and memorable impression. Continue reading

Two Exemplary Men: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY MEGHAN M. GORECKI

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There are countless heroes in the world of literature and film who have captured the imagination and hearts of the public for years. Some dwell in the privileged circle of the Regency Era; other are cast in darker, gothic stories; in Anglo-Saxon England or across the pond in the United States during the Westward Expansion, Civil War, or in the deep South. Rhett Butler, Robin Hood, Darcy, Heathcliff and Ivanhoe are just a few of the great men in novel and film! Clark Gable epitomized the role of Rhett Butler; Errol Flynn was a swashbuckling rogue in more than one film, and Lawrence Olivier was the very first Fitzwilliam Darcy on screen. These heroes of classic literature, portrayed multiple times over, are beloved by the public not because they are perfect or even believable, but because they tell a unique, magnificent story that whisks us away into another time. Continue reading

Distinctly Thornton

SEPT / OCT 2011: BY HANNAH KINGSLEY

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Of all the characters I have discovered in 19th Century novels, the one that has been the most believable as a male figure is John Thornton, of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and the BBC miniseries by the same name. In books there are male characters who fight deftly with swords, men who recite sonnets and are of feeling; men who are heroic, witty, cunning, or kind. And then there is Mr. Thornton. He has many traits but in a manner that proves distinctly and realistically male. This is likely why Gaskell’s creation of him has become one of the most popular of literary men. Continue reading