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Link: Fallen Heroes
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Fallen Heroes )
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Link: International Women’s Day
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

International Women’s Day )
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Link: My Ass, and Bare Faced Beauty
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.
Mod note: Gentle reminder to focus more on what LKH is saying rather than how she looks.

My Ass, and Bare Faced Beauty )
[identity profile] rodentfanatic.livejournal.com
Ok, so, no need to point out how the ladies of the Anitaverse get the short stick in so many ways. However, there are some that we love and are rooting for no matter how much their creator wants us to dislike them. Who are your favorites, and why? Feel free to include characters from the Merry Gentry series as well!
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[identity profile] mariadeangeles.livejournal.com
In the books LKH descirbes Anita as representing thick women, calling thinner women "boys with breasts", always putting Anita in some form of competition with the taller slender females.
LKH herself isn't thin so it makes sense that she would want to represent fuller women but in the comics Anita has a very small waist with big boobs and thighs which doesnt represent most full figured women at all. It might represent a playmate, or a porn stars and maybe the few who genetically happen to have that body. So how is having an Anita that looks like Nicki Minaj celebrating thick women's bodies? Won't the women who read the Anita books and rejoiced that a non-model type could get so much male attention just be upset by the fact that their proportions aren't like that at all?
[identity profile] glimmerfox.livejournal.com
 This is Jon's youtube account and on it he has a 14 part Q&A with Laurell on her tour with Bullet.  Thought this might be an interesting watch for everyone (if you can survive all 14 parts).

www.youtube.com/jondgreen

Updated with the Q&A summary in the comments
[identity profile] world-dancer.livejournal.com
Given the use of rape within this genre, and specifically LKH, to the point that threats of rape against the heroine are cliche, what do you think about its use/portrayal?

LKH frequently gives us large men threatening to overpower Anita, and Anita several times seems to escape and be given chances a man might not have been given just because someone has an interest in raping her.

And then we have the ardeur, which is a psychological compulsion outside of Anita which has been used to force her to have sex with multiple partners against her will. Is it rape?

Is Anita a rapist or a victim for what the ardeur makes her do to men? Should we be concerned about the men as her victims?

What about some other series?

Carrie Vaughn's Kitty starts out as a rape victim twice over, so that the physical attack that transforms a human to a werewolf could be a metaphor for it, as well as what happens in the rest of book one.

Kim Harrison's Ivy has the threat of rape hanging over her through the first several books (and her solitary short story) as it's her fate as part of her vampire family to eventually belong to the head vampire whether she likes it or not.

Charlaine Harris's Sookie is raped by Bill after a harrowing rescue gone wrong in book three. She offers him her body only to save her life, but it certainly isn't pleasant for her, and she breaks up with him after that point.

Vicki Petterssen's Johanna was raped as a teenager, sometime before the first book in an effort to corrupt or kill her.

Is it some kind of ultimate threat used against the heroine since she can't be killed or the series ends? Does it bring attention to the problem of rape, or does its use cheapen it, so that the real thing seems less horrific?

I've been mulling the issue over since the flog of the lastest comic issue that was posted here, and pointed out what a cliche it really is.

ETA: It seems the consensus is that rape can be well-written (which I won't disagree with), but that it's rarely done well, and LKH in particular is not doing it well at all.
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Sorry for the lacklustre 'flog: I'm in a wee bit of a rush, so I may edit some things in later.

Link: http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/2008/08/am-i-cougar.html

If you have to ask…. )
[identity profile] sister-ananke.livejournal.com
I really really REALLY hate most of the male characters LKH writes. To the point THEY, not Merita, is why I no longer read either series. So I thought a fun thing would be to detail why in a long, drawn out post. Well, probably not long or drawn out, studying journalism curtailed my instinctive effervesence somewhat. Not entirely though, as my last sentence illustrated...

So, we start with the hate. )
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So, in the course of my reading through the AB books, I came across this passage...

Very small Cerulian Sins spoiler )
[identity profile] refche.livejournal.com
MY GOD, WOMAN! Opening doors was never a practice because men didn't think we could do it! My mom, her mom and her mother's mom all carried shit much heavier than they should. Someone offering to carry your bag after a flight isn't their way of stating they don't think you can do it. Just that you don't have to! Common courtesy! Also, just because a woman acts a certain way that you tend to stereotype, doesn't mean she belongs in that same timeline. Not every woman Judith's age acts the same fucking way. Get the fuck over yourself. Just because you can't write personalities, doesn't mean there's no such thing.

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Blog Flog: "Guns, play acting, and more research"
Link: http://blog.laurellkhamilton.org/2006/08/guns-play-acting-and-more-research.html

It's full of wank, from the "OMG I had to spoil the story for my Jonny!" to "Look at how we get down with our bad RPG selves", but the last few lines irked me with their irony.

It drives me nuts when I'm reading along, and find that a writer obviously didn't do any research. I'm okay with a problem here, or there, but when it's blatantly obvious that they treated the material with no respect, it just ruins my enjoyment of the story. Research, research, research.

"Treat[ing] the material with no respect"? That's basically how she treats the English language, punctuation, the supernatural genre, empowered women.... It's a long list, one we've covered many times.

So I fail to see how SHE doesn't get that her rampant errors ruin the "enjoyment of the story" for her readers. Maybe I'm pickier than most, but yes, spelling matters. Punctuation matters. For a blog entry, I don't care as much because those are meant to be immediate. Novels, however, are bodies of work. They represent a writer. Speaking as an aspiring writer, I'd want to make damn good and sure that any novel with my name on the cover was as good as I could make it.

And then there's the whole research thing. I know there are differing opinions. Personally, I think some research is fine, but too much kills a story for me. For a lot of writers—LKH included—it seems like they use research to take the place of ideas and plot. Maybe a gun nut really wants to know about bullet casings and such. If it's relevant to the story, by all means include it. But on the whole, I'd rather have 2 paragraphs of ideas and plot and characterization than descriptions of clothing and gun parts. It's fantasy, after all: it's a different world. That's the point. That's the fun.

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