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Let’s make some initial assessments about Matthew Rhys’ ability to play Jane Austen‘s Mr. Darcy without knowing anything about this man. First off, he looks like he is smiling and that is incorrect. Darcy never smiles. Or maybe he smiles at the end of the book. I don’t know. I’m having trouble making assumptions as I really do not care for Jane Austen. But some people do, which I guess is why we’re going to watch an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice every two years until we all die. More
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
Underwear thievery might seem like the kind of activity reserved for dirty old men and cartoon gnomes, but try telling that to the acquisitive teens whose activities formed the basis for book (and soon-to-be-released movie) The Bling Ring. As it turns out, these mostly female miscreants stole mad underwear. And not just any underwear: Miranda Kerr‘s underwear. More
The sexism that goes into deciding what an author’s book cover will look like is really quite astonishing. I wasn’t totally aware of this fact until I read this heart wrenching piece on Jezebel by author Deborah Copaken Kogan, which, among other things, detailed just how little control an author has over the marketing of her own book. It seems the literary establishment has yet to meet a new female author it can’t chicklitify.
To bring this issue to the forefront, author Maureen Johnson put out a call on Twitter for her more Photoshop savvy followers to switch the genders of the authors on the covers of well known books. And switch the genders they did. The results are as amusing as they are depressing, because they are totally spot on. Click through to see some of your favorite male authors given the chicklit treatment, and vice versa. More
I’ve spent a lot of time hearing and thinking about Sheryl Sandberg‘s Lean In, which encouraged people to push harder even if meant being thought unfeminine (Mark Zuckerberg told Sandberg had to stop worrying about people liking her). So I was pretty excited to hear about The Athena Doctrine which says that, actually, men should try to be more like women. More
Daisy Buchanan isn’t a role model for women, but who cares? More
I’m happy that anyone is still writing at 105 – there’s hope for all of us! – However, when I heard that, I also thought, “Well, how racy can a 105 year old romance novelist be?” Umm, pretty racy, actually. More
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Remember that silly mother in Detroit who wanted The Diary Of Anne Frank banned in schools because it contains descriptions of female genitalia that might be disturbing to students, as opposed to the rest of the things in that particular book? Of course you do. Well, we have obtained the objectionable passage, which comes from the new and unedited edition of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. More
The Gloss is a fashion and beauty and Great Gatsby website, so I think it’s pretty important that we discuss the new book cover released to coincide with the movie. This is the new cover looks like this: More
You know who makes the strongest case for feminism and its importance on Game of Thrones? Sansa Stark. More
I don’t think anyone would debate the fact that Adele has accomplished more in her 24 years than most people do in their entire lives. She’s rich and famous, she’s won nine Grammys, and she got Anna Wintour to put someone bigger than a size 2 on the cover of Vogue. But when HarperCollins offered her over a million dollars to write a memoir about her life thus far, she said no. More