I was talking with Ty Templeton earlier in the week and he explained to me that (while we were talking about gender roles in fiction) he had had real trouble coming up with a list of female protagonists who when introduced were not defined by an element of suffering or hardship. Every female romantic comedy protagonist ever, for example, is defined by their lack of a partner; that’s the entire point of romantic comedy. But this extends beyond just romcoms; female protagonists are almost always given a background of suffering or hardship which they must then overcome (as opposed to suffering or hardship within the story; that’s just dramatic conflict).
Ty explained that in previous conversations about this, he was able to identify only two female protagonists who didn’t enter the story defined by a hardship they would have to overcome as part of their narrative: Julia Child in Julie and Julia (her story is straightforward; she has a goal – to become a great cook – and she achieves it, and her past traumas suffered during the war and her inability to have a child are not relevant to her achievement) and Erin Brockovich (where Erin Brockovich may be poor/lower-class, but her narrative does not present that as something to overcome; her goal is achieve success in a class-action lawsuit and does so).
I gave it some thought afterwards and added two more: Baby in Dirty Dancing and Marge Gunderson in Fargo. But after that, I’m stuck. So what others are there? Surely there must be others!
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December 5th, 2013: TODAY IS A SHIPPING DEADLINE, YO! So treat this as an excuse to click this link and pick out products that you think best encapsulate "hey I think you're pretty cool and I got you this thing, nbd".
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Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by us and your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.
This Limited Edition Peppermint Bark Yoplait Yogurt looks interesting, but I’d really like Yoplait to make a limited edition fruitcake flavor, which I imagine would be made by mixing all their fruit yogurt flavors. (Spotted by Melissa at Target.)
Holly Nog…or low fat egg nog flavored dairy beverage for long. (Spotted by Dubba at Walmart.)
I wonder if Canada gets as many holiday snacks as we do? More importantly, do they get as many pumpkin spice products as we do? (Spotted by Sylvia at Target in Canada.)
So wait…this Glade Sweet Holiday Treat scented oil smells like cash? That’s the only sweet holiday treat I know of. (Spotted by Sylvia at Target.)
At first glance, these Limited Edition Safeway Select Trail Mixes look like bags of pebbles one would find on a trail. (Spotted by Sylvia at Vons.)
Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new or limited edition product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.
Here's a link to bookdepository.com, which ships my book free, worldwide. International shipping rates have gone pretty nutso since my first book came out, so this is welcome news.
Thanks to @smnevans for pointing this out.
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