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I finally got around to reading the new volume of The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのバラ), which focuses on some side stories about the male characters: Andre Grandier, Florian Girodelle, Count Hans Axel Fersen, and Alain de Soisson.

Image via Amazon.co.jp

Image via Amazon.co.jp

I have mixed feelings about the volume. Parts of it were brilliant, but some of it felt a little forced. Mild spoilers for the volume, major spoilers for the original series.

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The Sherlock Manga is a Treasure

Yes, this is an official BBC-sanctioned manga of A Study in Pink. 

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The manga is a fun way to get your Sherlock fix during the hiatus and brush up on your detective vocabulary in Japanese, but the real reason I want to recommend this is how the artist captured Benedict-Cumberbatch-as-Sherlock’s hilarious facial expressions. Oh, it’s Christmas, readers.

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We could do with a bit of humor around the holidays, yes? If you like fandom crack, Calorie Mate and FROGMAN collaborated on a Beru Bara parody anime, 「ベルサイユのマリモ」(“The Marimo of Versailles”).

Screenshot from YouTube of "Marimo Antoinette" arriving at court in a fish tank

Screenshot from YouTube of “Marimo Antoinette” arriving at court in a fish tank

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IMG_0597We’ve discussed gender and female movie monsters, but which monsters are often coded as masculine? Stinekey on Lady Geek Girl discusses werewolves:

Vampires might represent a powerful person draining us of our own power for personal gain. Zombies drawn on our fear of pandemics and the ignorant masses destroying those of us just trying to survive. But what about werewolves? The most common answer I find is that werewolves speak to the changes a teenager experiences during puberty. Pisces already explored how this dynamic works in Teen Wolf. But if that’s the case, then where are all the female werewolves?

 

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Quick video link today via Buzzfeed’s “If Women In Horror Films Were Played By Men.” (Video is slightly NSFW.)

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Like many people who grew up in the 90s, I loved The Craft. While it didn’t send me into goth mode, it did inspire some less-than-rousing rounds of “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at sleepovers and wanting to be a special snowflake “natural witch.” (I was in junior high. Go away.)

I re-watched it about 6 years ago, and then re-watched it in the spirit of Halloween last week. While I’d say the first half of the movie “holds up” as a campy, fun movie about female friendship, the second half, which was scary to me as a teen, falls short of what I wish the movie could have been.

 

In The Craft, Sarah, the new girl at a Catholic school in LA, falls in with three unpopular girls rumored to be witches. Together, they learn “the craft” for fun and to improve their lives–until, of course, everything goes wrong. (Moderate spoilers.)

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IMG_0597In the course of doing this series of posts, I discovered Bitch Flicks and BJ Colangelo of Day of the Woman in my search for feminist horror analysis by horror fans. Today, I’d like to share with you Colangelo’s post  “Women with Disabilities: The Undiscussed Horror Staple of Female Characters,” which discusses the trope of how and why women characters with disabilities are used as plot devices.

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