Topic: literature

7 Great Books With Female Protagonists That Are Better Than The Hunger Games

7 Great Books With Female Protagonists That Are Better Than The Hunger Games

Nothing makes me happier than sitting down with a cup of tea and a great book. Especially when that great book has a strong, interesting female protagonist. This leads people to assume that I must love Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games. Which I totally do, BUT, being a full, grown adult (at least on paper, sometimes I feel like I’m still a teenager), I’m not really into the young adult genre. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy The Hunger Games, but looking at all the praise its received, I can’t help but think of all the other great books out there, (old and new) with kick-ass female leads that don’t get as much attention (as having a huge, multi-million dollar budget series of films is wont to do). More »

On The Importance Of Growing Up With Adulting Author Kelly Williams Brown

On The Importance Of Growing Up With Adulting Author Kelly Williams Brown

As frequent readers of The Gloss know, I (as well as many of my fellow writers, I’m sure) am terrified of the future. It’s difficult to know what direction we’re all going on, let along how to get to the destination we want, let alone whether that destination is actually what we want anyway. But one thing is for sure: we are going get older, and we can only choose how to face that fact. If you, like us, are a bit utterly confused as to how to go about becoming an adult, then you should absolutely pick up Adulting: How To Become A Grown-Up In 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown. More »

Buzz Bissinger Or American Psycho Quote?

Buzz Bissinger Or American Psycho Quote?

Look, personally, I don’t think male shopaholics deserve to be objects of ridicule. I think that is something reserved exclusively for Buzz Bissinger. I think that largely because his GQ piece on his penchant for buying leather jackets reads like the parts of American Psycho that Bret Easton Ellis must have written when he was most hungover. I mean, look at this stuff. Just look. You cannot tell them apart. In fact, I challenge you to tell them apart. Now. Go. To try to keep them as anonymous as possible, I’m just going to put American Psycho screengrabs with all the quotes, but if you prefer to imagine Buzz Bissinger looking hilarious and pointing at the screen, you can. And answers are at the end! More »

An Object Lesson For Esquire Editors

An Object Lesson For Esquire Editors

Yesterday, an editor at Esquire (Alex Bilmes) talked about the way women are portrayed in Esquire, and said:

“The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental. I could lie to you if you want and say we are interested in their brains as well. We are not. They are objectified..“[Esquire] provide pictures of girls in the same way we provide pictures of cool cars,” he said. “It is ornamental. Women’s magazines do the same thing.”

As Sam pointed out, this is one of those cases where people pretend that someone is being brave by saying an awful thing, when, in reality, they are still doing something awful.

Unless! Unless Esquire editors do not understand what objects are. I have a lesson for them. Take this quiz, and see if you can spot the objects vs. the human people. More »

Book Covers, In Order Of Knee-Jerk Purchaseability

Book Covers, In Order Of Knee-Jerk Purchaseability

Nothing but the title: 10%. Likely inscrutable, almost certainly excessively highbrow.

A person or persons in white robes standing near a pillar: 25%. Might be worth a gamble; might be outrageously dull.

A person or persons in white robes, standing near a pillar, in front of a background with two or more moons in the sky: 80%. Almost certainly excellent. Approaches 100% if there is a cat of unusual size somewhere near the spine.

Part of a woman’s face: 5%. Almost certainly a memoir of worst kind.

Part of a woman’s face, hazily obscured: 1%.

Rippling water: 0%. -10% if there is a woman’s face visible beyond the rippling water (the 10% means I will go watch a very bad movie instead). More »

How To Write A Break-Up Letter Like An Author

How To Write A Break-Up Letter Like An Author

If you need to write a break-up letter (either because you have been broken up with, or because you are a heartbreaker yourself) you’re surely going to want to take advice from some famous authors who do it really, really well. Or badly. Actually, sometimes they are bad at break-up letters, too. And sort of petty! Let’s see what we can draw from this selection of famous author’s break-up letters on Flavorpill: More »