According to the The Bestseller Code, popular themes for bestselling fiction are: marriage, death, taxes, threatening technologies, funerals, guns, doctors, work, schools, presidents, newspapers, kids, moms, and the media. Unpopular: (besides sex, drugs, rock and roll), seduction, the body (except in pain or at a crime scene), cigarettes, alcohol, the gods, passionate love, grief, revolutions, wheeling and dealing, existential journeys, dinner parties, playing cards, overdressed women, and dancing. But ‘girl’ themes are OK.
Read Jia Tolentino’s Review in The New Yorker.
XX is a delightful, horrific variety pack — four risky and irreverent short films that pay homage to the tropes and traditions of horror filmmaking. It’s nuanced storytelling and solid genre filmmaking that also passes the Bechdel test, severed hand over bloody foot. — Rhienna Renée Guedry, Bitch Media.
All these little girls are strong, capable, and totally badass — but, disturbingly, they’re also all almost completely silent… We, as audiences, have the power to encourage Hollywood to give these little girls their voices by demanding change. When we watch yet another movie or TV show with a strong, silent young heroine, let’s stop idolizing her, and instead ask the writers behind her why she doesn’t get to speak her piece. — Rachel Simon, Bustle. Read More:
I love this idea that you’ve got a sword in one hand and a baby on your hip. You had to keep up with the men because there’s no room on a ship for ornaments—but we only know about the ones they caught. There may have been scores of pirate women who lived and died that we just don’t know about. — Laura Sook Duncombe with Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian. (Thanks to Lulu Jemimah) Read more: