[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Dead Ice: Micah
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's blog. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Mod note: Contains rape discussion.

Dead Ice: Micah )
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Apr 30 2014, 21:37
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's Facebook. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

If a woman who is beautiful and sexy is a sex kitten, then is a man that is handsome and sexy a sex kitten, too? Or would a man be a sex puppy? How about a stud puppy? I think I like stud puppy, as a male equivalent of sex kitten, what do you guys think?
[identity profile] blogfloggery.livejournal.com
Link: Jan 20 2013, 15:58
Disclaimer: This blog entry is verbatim, as originally posted on LKH's Facebook. Copyright belongs to Ma Petite Enterprises.

Wow, you guys really liked yesterday's sentence teaser from Affliction! I've written Anita out of the elevator, but we're still fighting zombies in the basement hallway. I'm beginning to remember why I don't play with zombies much. They don't talk, so no witty dialogue. They are single minded so can't be distracted, or tricked. They aren't sexy, at all. In my world you can shoot them to pieces & the pieces keep trying to eat you, only incineration destroys them, & that's hard to do in the basement of a public building full of people. I'm pretty sure the fire marshal would frown on it.

Hmmmm...

Jan. 16th, 2012 07:33 pm
[identity profile] chubling.livejournal.com
So, it's been a while since I read the Merry series, but my Mom and I have started this tradition of giving each other really awful romance books along with our actual Christmas presents. This year, I got her the first Merry book. I was flipping through it at her house the other day and was reminded about the Branwyn's Tears (or something really close to that) plot.

Now, the Tears are this AWFUL thing that the book makes a big deal about. They make you want to have sex with someone and are like a drug. Sound familiar? How is it that it's fine when Anita does that to people (and herself honestly), but in Merry's world, it's seen as the awful rape drug it is.

How did LKH miss that?
[identity profile] sweetalbatross.livejournal.com
Well, I was a fool and tried to read NiC.

Made it 200 pages, stopped, and banished the four books I owned to backs of my case right with SMeyer's work. Which did not hurt my head as much btw

Cut for ranting and some TMI )
[identity profile] exposeyou.livejournal.com
I was wondering what everyone thought of LKH's latests Twitter posts where she calls herself the 'anti-Joss Whedon' because his characters are always 'punished' for having sex?

She said:

"I just realized I am the anti-Joss Whedon. In my books sex is usually rewarded and love usually wins. Unlike Mr. Whedon. *laughs*"

Swiftly followed by:

"I love Joss Whedon's stuff. I didn't think it was snarky just true that love & sex are punished I'm the Whedonverse
"

Considering that Anita couldn't sleep with Richard until the scene in Blue Moon where she had to to avoid being gang-raped, and that the porn-fests of the later books all hinge on the fact that she has to have sex because of the ardeur, I think the allegation that she is sex-positive when compared to Whedon's 'happy relationships make for boring stories' approach are a bit ridiculous.

What do you guys think?
[identity profile] medicineseller9.livejournal.com

I love this community; it’s such an outlet for frustration with yaabis and hypocrisy. We’re all aware that homosexuality is clearly an uncomfortable subject for LKH, and for Anita, her proxy. This is evidenced throughout the text of many different books. What I’m not sure has been properly explored, however, besides the unpleasant themes of sexual exploitation, rape, and other forms of sexual violence, is the hypocrisy of sexual expression in Anita’s own worldview. There is a jarring contrast between what she says she believes in, or what she’s uncomfortable with, and what she actually does.

 

 

Read more... )
[identity profile] brightlotusmoon.livejournal.com
As some of you have seen, [livejournal.com profile] kippurbird has been flogging Danse Macabre something fierce. The flog is now on Chapter 33. While the whole thing made me laugh, there was a little joke that made me want to post it here, with Kippur's permission:


How does Anita Blake change a light bulb?

She holds it up and the world revolves around her.


This, I think, sums up everything about the Anita Blake books. As well as Hamilton's life, really. Or what she thinks of as her life. As Kippur said, the self-centeredness of both Anita and Laurell are starting to really grate.
The scene with London being forced to have sex with Anita actually scared me, especially considering London's obvious reluctance and outright fear. From what I got out of it, Anita essentially raped London, and didn't even care how it had affected him. I'd told Kippur that I'd once had a friend who had been a rape victim more than once, and one of her rapists had been an ex-boyfriend with a cocaine addiction. When my friend read that scene, she started having severe flashbacks to both the rape and watching the boyfriend's addiction, because she saw Anita's ardeur as a metaphor for a date rape drug as addictive as cocaine.
It's so frustrating -- and frightening -- to think that LKH writes this crap probably knowing full well that it could compare to such serious trauma.
[identity profile] ladymuttly1.livejournal.com
I find myself getting more and more pissed off at LKH because of her use of sexual assault as character development in her writing. If I recall correctly the following characters have been sexually abused: 

Richard
JC
Asher
Nathanial
London
To some extent all of Merry's merry men
Anita (by Micah in the famous shower scene) 

Am I missing anyone? 

Is this lazy writing on the part of Ms. Hamilton or is she basing this on some kind of weird "research?"
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/belladonna_/
Prompted by [livejournal.com profile] freyalorelei's helpful link to the cover of Mistral's Kiss. I don't think any of this is strikingly original, but it's been bugging the hell out of me.

I feel that this is the appropriate time to mention how completely turned off I am that the next book apparently centers around Mistral. I was left completely cold by the character. Actually, that's not true - when I read the line "Are you ready to ride the storm?" I had to throw the book across the room and call my best friend and make gagging noises.

And is anyone else seeing a trend here?

Whether she wants to or not, Anita has to fuck a bunch of different guys. Because of the ardeur!

Whether she wants to or not, Merry has to fuck a bunch of different guys. Because she has to get pregnant!

Anita starts off with a finite group of men. Then there's a man!splosion.

Merry starts off with a finite group of men. Then there's a man!splosion.

A central arc of the ABVH for the first eight or nine books was the Jean Claude-Anita-Richard triangle. Then Micah swoops in from, like wereleopard Guam or something and blows the well-established dynamic to hell.

A central arc of MG has been the Doyle-Merry-Frost triangle. Now, apparently, Mistral swoops in from god knows where, judging by the events of the last book and the title of the next book, screws up the established dynamic.

It was obvious from the get-go that Merry and Anita were whompingly similar, but this is just getting riduculous. It's like she's not even writing two different series any more. And since she's taking them both in the same, bad direction, this isn't a good thing. I mean, it's so similar that both her deu sex machinas names both start with M. And who wants to bet that Mistral turns out to be the one that completes Merry and doesn't threaten her dominance and is her perfect yes-man?

I certainly think authors should feel free to take their characters in new and unexpected directions, but I think that's been one of my biggest problems with accepting Micah. When you've invested, like, nine books in "Richard or Jean Claude??" it's a little hard to let that go in the space of fifty or so pages. It'd be like if Felicity had decided in S4 to ditch Noel and Ben and hook up with the Chinese delivery guy.

So yeah. Thus far, not wild about Mistral's Kiss.

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