Tropes vs Women: “Ruby Sparks” As The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

You may have heard that Nathan Rabin, the writer who coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” and named the trope apologized last week for doing so, saying: Read More Tropes vs Women: “Ruby Sparks” As The Manic Pixie Dream Girl

New Show Recap: Elementary 2.10 “Tremors”

This show has always worked on the basis of certain assumptions and tropes. There’s the assumption that Holmes will use a bit of deception and rule-bending to solve a case. There will be tons of snark from all sides and let’s not forget that Sherlock Holmes is the greatest example of the Insufferable Genius trope. All these elements make the basis of the show week to week. This episode shakes up the formula a bit by actually introducing real consequences for Sherlock’s actions and the choices he makes in the pursuit of solving a case. Read More New Show Recap: Elementary 2.10 “Tremors”

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This week is about white feminism (it’s not doing such a good job), women in the kitchen (no one’s talking about them), Scandal (is it a scandal?), poetry (it’s queer), sexy Latinas (people need to stop), and awesome young women fighting the power (they pretty much rock!). Read More Dispatches from Ladyblogland

What Stories Can You Never Get Enough Of?

Contains not very recent spoilers for Sherlock, Supernatural, Harry Potter, and uh, It’s a Wonderful Life. And the Bible. Read More What Stories Can You Never Get Enough Of?

Five Things I’ve Learned from Romance Novels

Romance novels are as mysterious and confounding as the emerald depths of our heroine’s eyes. Their pages overflow with sentimentality, romance, and ridiculous situations, much like bodices overflow with heaving bosoms. Throughout my adventures and dalliances with these books, I have learned these five things: Read More Five Things I’ve Learned from Romance Novels

Fairly Misogynistic

I have been down with USA Network since the days of the good ol’ Cartoon Express. Although they tend to get overlooked every year during awards season over the years the quiet geniuses in USA’s programming department have managed to tap into the innermost workings of the American t.v. viewer’s brain (I am convinced that they have hypnotists on staff…damned if those Law & Order SVU marathons don’t turn me into a certified zombie). Their  finely targeted mixture of original series and syndicated favorites – which together comprise a fairly comprehensive portrait of the American cultural landscape – has yielded steadily increasing ratings for the better part of three decades. Read More Fairly Misogynistic