You may notice a similar theme in the books and films featured in this issue of Femnista. When evil societies want to destroy its humanity’s soul, they attack books first. Books. The fount of all knowledge, wisdom, stories that teach. Books also feature heavily into the one alternate history submission in this issue, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. The secondary title character is a famous hoarder of books, possessive of their knowledge, and denying of them to wizards and common folk alike. Their knowledge, he believes, should only be for experienced, learned men. In other words, himself! It’s this greed for books that inevitably drives a wedge between him and another wizard of his time, Jonathan Strange.Continue reading
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.
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
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
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
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.
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Join us November 1st for a sneak preview into our next issue, Through Time.
MAY / JUNE 2017: BY CHARITY BISHOP
Ancient civilizations found Asia, Egypt, and the Middle East “exotic.” They imported its spices, sought its elephants, tried to settle its wilds, and conquered much of it, but even today, when most of its mysteries are known, that part of the world continues to mystify, intrigue, and inspire our imaginations. Countless stories take place there. Hundreds of true stories originate there.
Shall we explore some of them? Continue reading
Everyone plays second fiddle at some point in their life. You aren’t chosen… as the one to love, to one to play on the team, as the best friend. It hurts. It makes you tougher. It teaches you a lesson. Or it burns your soul.
Characters sometimes become “sidekicks” instead of the main attraction. They don’t get the girl, save the day, or have much screen or page time… but we notice them, we care about them, we feel for them, sometimes we even secretly think they should have been the hero or heroine. They need to be the leading lady or man of their own life, right?
Over the next two months, in this issue of Femnista, we celebrate the sidekicks… the lesser-knowns who may spend more time in the background than at the forefront but who are never forgotten. Continue reading
MARCH / APRIL 2015: BY CHARITY BISHOP
Ancient History is full of incredible stories … Greece has many myths, the Romans their centuries of triumph and devastation, and Jews have the oldest lineage and timeline in history. From demi-gods to Yahweh, the burning of Rome to Abraham, generations have read these tales with wonder, adapting them into religious beliefs and defending them to the death. Since the invention of film, Hollywood has revisited these stories many times, adapting them for modern audiences. Controversy has raged ever since, with viewers responding to or rejecting these accounts, depending on the respect shown to the source material.
Two recent major films were huge disappointments to their studios, both “based on” Bible stories: Noah and Exodus. Controversy raged over the negative depiction of God, the casting of Moses, the insanity of Noah, the invention of new characters and situations, and ill-advised remarks by the director and leading actors… so Christian audiences did not attend, causing both to be failures, much to their mystification. This has happened many times, yet studios continue to invent, alter, and twist the story to fit an anti-original story agenda, then wonder why we do not respond.
It’s simple. We want the story as we know it, as it is told in the historical or Biblical accounts. Would you want the ending of your favorite book changed? Or your favorite character turned into a villain? No! Tell it the way it should be told. No modernizations. No out-of-character additions. No political correctness. Just tell it the way we know it, with some good writing, and we will see it.
Out of all Biblical films, The Prince of Egypt did it right. It adapted the story of Moses through animation, but still is one of the most profound retellings of the story. Rabbis and other religious leaders were consulted in an effort to pay respectful tribute to the source material, with the basic understanding that it represents the history of an entire nation and is “sacred” source material.
The entertainment industry should learn from this. If they want our money, be respectful of the source material and the audience. ♥
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Charity Bishop would dearly love to spend all her free time mulling over, theorizing, and philosophizing on the vast spiritual / moral lessons of cinema and Victorian literature, but alas, she must make a living, so her days are spent doing editorial work. She devotes her free time to babysitting her bipolar cat, writing books, blogging, and searching for spiritual truth in all aspects of life… when she isn’t editing Femnista!