The Feminism Book Tag

In honor of International Women’s Day, I bring you the Feminism Book Tag!!!

I snagged this from Novel Darlings book blog. It was too grand not to take part in.


1. Your favorite female author.

There are MANY women authors I read from and love, and as the indecisive little shit I am, it comes down to two women who I really enjoy reading from and that’d be Rachel Caine (The Morganville Vampires and The Great Library) & Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles). Fantastic ladies and superb, epic, mind-blowing authors. I’m always recommending their YA.

 

2. Your favorite heroine.

Buffy Summers has always been an inspiring heroine for me. Many argue that she isn’t a feminist icon, but to me, personally, she’s a hero.

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Gifer

Then again, if you are asking for a legit superhero, I’m going with (and this is thinking quick) Raven of the Titans. It takes a lot of strength to fight what your evil shitbrain of a father wants you to do AKA the apocalypse of hell and even more strength to protect those you care about from the darkest parts oof yourself.

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3. A novel with a feminist message.

Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Caraval

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Here’s where the message could be tricky and even argued by many. How can love and a game be a feminist message, right? Here you have the main female character getting played over and over in a game and betrayed multiple times. How is that any kind of message!?

The message to me: Take risks, especially with your heart. Be brave because in a world that’s always changing, and in many cases, is pitted against you, you must find a way to play it your way. Let yourself fall in love rather than settle for what’s safe. There’s nothing wrong or weak with wanting to be in love. Fight for what you want. Be trusting and know it doesn’t mean your naïve. It just means you are kind, strong, and willing to give your everything, because that is rare.

 

 

4. A novel with a girl on the cover.

Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Children of Blood and Bone

Amazon

The cover is gorgeous, depicting the magical, Zelie. The story, too, is incredible and magical, and I can’t wait to continue reading the series with the sequel: Children of Virtue and Vengeance.

 

5. A novel featuring a group of girls.

Daughters of the Moon
Author: Lynne Ewing
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It is about the only one I can think of right about now. A group of girls in high school are graced with being moon goddesses and are tasked, as have girls before them, to protect and save the world. Pretty awesome and mystical, though of course they have the typical teenage hormones to deal with too.

 

6. A novel with a queer feminine character.

That’s Not What Happened
Author: Kody Keplinger
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While this book centers around surviving tragedy, it’s no stranger to queer characters. Eden, though she isn’t a main character, is a great character. Though struggling in her own way, Keplinger doesn’t shy away from showing how she isn’t special because of her sexuality. She is loved and goes through pain just the same as everyone. She is a part of the world and not as some token.

 

7. A novel with different feminine POV.

This one is complicated because I can’t tell if it means, alternating female POVs or just a book that had a female POV that rocked you. I’ll be going with the latter.

The Rules of Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic

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Jet, Franny, and Vincent. Each sibling got their POV spotlight, but the sisters were truly amazing. Franny especially. I was rocked by her story and the way it was told. Utterly breathtaking.

 

8. A book where a girl saves the world.

LUX
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Amazon

Kat, though dragged into it accidentally, becomes a heroine unexpected. Granted, she’s not alone, but she does take up the calling after being turned into a hybrid of sorts by LUX, Daemon, her next-door neighbor and alien, and helps to protect world from a mass invasion from the aliens. Crazy? Not at all. Her world is flipped upside down, but she’ll do whatever it takes to protect it.

 

9. A book where you prefer the female sidekick to the male main character.

Harry Potter
Author: J. K. Rowling
Hermione Granger is the one you think I’m going to choose, isn’t it?
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Maximum Pop

Alas, Luna Lovegood has always been my champion in this series. The quirky little Ravenclaw has always been nothing but her strange self, embracing the weird, and open to everything, but never allowed anyone make her feel unimportant or inferior. Her weirdness has kept me tough.

 

10. A book written by a male author and featuring a female character.

Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Lettie Hempstock was remarkable! So fun and filled with adventure, and there to sacrifice herself for her friend, the main character of the book. Intelligent and remarkable, she made this book for me. Her and her curious ocean.


Anyone and everyone can and should do this book tag. I really enjoyed it!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Lights. Camera. Flickers. (The Girls in the Picture – A Book Review)

The Girls in the Picture
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Published: Jan. 16th, 2018 (ARC)

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A memory of a different time, a different color, a different door…

Before there were movies and television shows there were the silent films and the talkies. It was the beginning of film. At the forefront of this revolution from theatre to black and white there was Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, friends and feminist duo. These two ladies were much more than that; they were innovators and artists in a time when the world was considered no place for a woman to work, a man’s world.

With all of this fame came the struggles that tested their relationship, their sisterhood. Through the abuse of men, heartbreak, loss, there were times that they nearly lost each other as well as themselves. During a time of war both across the world and in the industry, these strong women held on to their dreams, gaining fame and respect, earning their places in Hollywood history among the first women to earn Academy Awards for their extraordinary talent: Frances for her screenwriting and Mary for her acting.

This book is a part of my New Year’s Resolution to read from 25 authors I haven’t read from before. This marks 1 of 25. I’m very excited about this being numero uno, too. I received ARC from Random House Publishing. It was delivered to our store and I was grateful to receive a copy. Truly.

I remember when The Swans of Fifth Avenue came out and I really wanted to read it. I haven’t had a chance to yet, but I am ecstatic to have read The Girls in the Picture. I love movies. I love my television shows. I love film. Casablanca is one of my favorite romances, but so is A Walk to Remember. To get a wonderful vision of the birth of film was breathtaking for me. There wasn’t a moment that I wasn’t ooohhhing and aaaahhhing at the glamorous parts or gasping at some of the horrifying moments that took place behind the camera as well as in front of it. Melanie wrote about a subject that I’m in love and utterly passionate with. It made me very happy to read this historical novel. It wasn’t typical whatsoever.

It wasn’t just with the time period that I followed the lovely Mary Pickford and Frances Marion through, but the language that guided their story and swept me away, like Dorothy to Oz. Oh, I was in such a wispy dream. In the midst of reading this book I was looking up the adventures of Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks on YouTube and there they were in black and white. It was very interesting. Each character was so wonderfully written. I had a clear vision of all of them.

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There wasn’t a detail amiss as I went through the years with these women. I do have to say, my favorite part was when Frances had no idea where to put her first Academy Award so she used it as a doorstop. It was so normal and simple. I imagine there are special shelves for such awards and for Frances it was on the floor, keeping her doors from closing. At least it had a use. LOL.

Even more, I learned an incredible amount about what it meant to work in the entertainment industry at this time in history. You acted, edited and cut your own work. It was never just one job. You did everything to help make a flicker or silent movie. And all of the make-up one had to wear? One might as well have been wearing a mask. Dialogue didn’t hit the screen until moviegoers started to read lips and that’s when Frances got her true beginning, her niche and  it was like watching a real star being born and seeing it’s twinkle turn into a bright shine. As the girl with curls, Mary Pickford gained notoriety by using her shine in front of the camera. The love of the people gave her life and all of this? The entire journey? It left my heart tingling. I have been inspired.

The feminism of this book was powerful. Frances and Mary strived and worked hard to achieve their success at a time when they were expected to be baby-makers and home caretakers and not much more. The business of Hollywood is no joke. There’s so much chaos and dirt underneath the glitz and glam of shiny stars. If you’ve been reading the headlines lately, you know what I mean. #MeToo and the amazing solidarity shown at the Golden Globes is a powerful movement. I hope it moves forward to help women and many others who have been treated unfairly to gain equality. Both of the women in the book struggled against men in power to be treated with respect and to prove that they could handle whatever stood in their way.

girls in the Picture

This is such a beautiful book. I loved it very much as you can tell. I don’t have any bones to pick. It’s certainly a must-read. The book comes out on Jan. 16th, 2018. That’s less than a week, folks. Go get a copy ASAP.

Quotables:

“Then I looked up at the stars. They were so close they looked as if, with one poke of my finger, they might scatter, like brilliant billiard balls.” (Francis, p. 81)

“I was one of them. The only woman swimming upstream up a river of men.” (Frances, p. 207)

“When you’re older, looking at your younger self is like at a promise you couldn’t keep. But still, you look, you marvel. You remember.” (Mary, p. 228)

“The sins you do two by two, you pay for one by one.” (doctor, p. 316)

“Before the nightmare, there was paradise.” (Frances, p. 339)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? This Is What Makes Us Girls by Lana Del Rey

 

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