The After-Word: Grotesque

Hello Good Readers!

I was going to do three posts this month. But then I read Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. I won’t lie – this one got to me. It made it hard to read anything else, both because it was so so good and because it was so so sad. For as much as I read, it’s actually pretty rare for a book to really affect me in the way that Grotesque did. In fact, I can only think of a few off the top of my head. Grotesque sticks with you; it stuck with me for weeks after I finished. Grotesque is a profoundly sad story filled with broken characters and the worst of human ugliness. It is unrelenting in its fatalism, ferocious in its criticism of male dominated society and classism, and it doesn’t shy away from showing humanity at its lowest. (In fact, the English translation had some sections removed because of this which I only just now found out about and am now very angry about – don’t censor my shit publishers!)

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Character Crush: Olive and Rosemary Penderghast from “Easy A”

Welcome to the end. The end of these (Fictional) Women’s History Month posts, that is! Though they may be lighter fare, I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey so far!

I’m closing out this series of posts by talking about characters from what is definitely one of my favorite movies, Easy A. I actually debated writing about these women because it felt too obvious, but my bestie and Super Hubs both feel like this is a severely underrated movie that doesn’t get enough love, so here we are! I also felt like it would be hard to talk about movie characters without just talking about the women who portray them, but I guess if I was able to get through the TV characters without falling into this issue, I guess I can manage here!

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Character Crush: Susannah Dean from the Dark Tower series

Salutations, beautiful people! It’s ya girl Nikkie, and I see you’ve come back for seconds of my femme-filled Character Crush posting. Well, who am I to disappoint?

The answer is someone who frequently disappoints but is trying really hard not to!

Today’s helping of fictional women’s history is brought to you courtesy of my rereading of the Dark Tower series in preparation of the movie coming out this summer. As far as I know, she’s not appearing in the movie (which raises a lot of questions; I will hold my tongue until an official trailer comes out), but she’s a big part of the novels.
That’s right. I’m talking about Mrs. Susannah Dean, formerly Odetta Holmes/Detta Walker and one of the last gunslingers.

Let’s palaver.

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Character Crush: Ladies on the Small Screen

Hello, hello, friends. Happy Women’s History Month from your favorite MWB woman. And I don’t even mind that I’m the only one here, thus leaving you with very few options for favorites.
I’ve finally managed to drag myself out of a work-exhausted stupor, which was coupled with an “adjusting to new medication” fog, to make a glorious return to the blogsophere. Well, I won’t say glorious; this is going to be extremely off the cuff. The point is that I’m here!

Because it’s Women’s History Month, I thought it apropos that all my posts this month be about fictional women in TV, books, and movies that I’ve enjoyed. Then I thought, Oh! I should do these on Wednesdays because of #WomanCrushWednesday. Then I realized it was a Thursday when I thought of it, and already the second Thursday of March, so I was already behind. So I decided I’d wait till today and talk about enough ladies to make up for the deficit. Which means I’m starting with my favorite characters from television.

Let’s jump in!

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The After-Word: The Vegetarian

Everyone, I have a confession to make. Try not to let what I’m about to tell you color your opinion of me. I know you all come here looking for a certain…refinement; a certain elegance of language and deep knowledge of all things literary. I know you think of us as experts, paragons of knowledge and thought. But I’m about to peel back the curtain a bit. You see, I’m not a connoisseur of horror fiction. In fact, I have to look up recommendation, just like you. So sometimes when I’m late making a post I’ll Google “top 10 horror novels [insert year]” and just pick whichever one has the most interesting cover. It may not be classy, but it’s effective at least 62% of the time.

This is how I found The Vegetarian, a Korean surrealist drama novel by celebrated author Han Kang about a woman who may or may not be becoming a plant. Continue reading “The After-Word: The Vegetarian”