First the announcements:
Pegasus Pulp fantasy books are now also listed at Paranormal Indies.
And now the links:
At Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s blog, Sarah Hendrix has a guest post about the different portrayals of creatures such as werewolves and vampires in traditional horror, where they are depicted as pure bloodthirsty monsters, and urban fantasy, where the portrayals are a lot more nuanced and range from romantic lead to villain.
Her observations match my own theory (to be expounded at length in my PhD thesis) that the portrayal of former “monsters” in fantastic literature has become more human, because othering is no longer acceptable in large parts of society and that includes fictional monsters who became victims of circumstance, sympathetic characters and eventually romantic figures. And of course, supernatural beings make excellent metaphors for marginalized groups of any kind. Nor is it any surprise that the current trend for humanizing supernatural beings formerly viewed as monsters has its roots in the 1960s and 1970s, the time of the great civil rights movements.
At the Guardian, Grace Dent complains about the sexist undertones of glamourous retro shows set at the uncool end of the sixties such as the new show Pan Am and “quality TV” favourite Mad Men. I blogged about this trendy retro sexism and my issues with it before.
However, it seems that those Mad Men copycats are not popular with US viewers, because The Playboy Club has been canceled after only three episodes, while Pam Am is on the ropes and probably won’t survive the season. Though oddly enough, the Pan Am show seems to be doing well abroad, at least in those countries where it’s broadcast.
The Playboy Club cancellation is blamed on one of those religiously motivated watchdog group crusading for what they consider clean television. But was the show really just canceled because fundamentalist nutters feared it might contain sex or because it was genuinely bad?