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Bitch Lit [Feb. 4th, 2007|06:27 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I really like books with strong, kick-ass female protagonists. And if she's kickin' supernaturally bad asses, BONUS!

I'm thinking of calling the genre "bitch lit." There's a collection already out from the UK of short stories about women doing bad things that's called Bitch Lit, but I don't think it really captures the spirit of what I like. They're just breakin' taboos and laws and stuff. They're not goin' all XENA or anything.

I think, for modern examples, we can start with the persistantly nosy Miss Marple and haul it right on up to Anita Blake and beyond. I'm sure there are good examples Pre-Marple, but I'm thinking of non-tragic bitches so let's leave out the gazillions of saints and martyrs, as well as Medea and Cassandra and all the poor nymphs who got turned into plants and stuff to avoid horny gods.

Diana/Artemis/Minerva counts, I guess, although she was definitely on the harsh end of the scale. Freya, Isis, Bast, Kali, Eris, etc. are all kick-ass goddesses with some interesting tales. The thing is, goddesses can do almost anything. I'm more interested in human heroes (with or without extra powers): mythical, legendary, historical, and fictional women who kicked righteous butt. I know there are more than a few ancient heroines, especially in the Hebrew and Irish traditions.

Mostly, this is an extended note-to-self to continue to pursue this idea before it drifts away on a tiny thought cloud. La la la.

[User Picture]From: foomf
2007-02-04 02:05 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, Anita Blake has slithered into the MarySue domain, but that hasn't stopped me from reading her.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-02-05 07:40 am (UTC)
I had to stop. As my friend weds described it, it was "panties! panties! panties!" all the time. I stopped right before her first hardcover, so whatever comes before Obsidian Butterfly, I think it was, was my last.

I always got really cranky, depressed, and anxious after I read one. I didn't like that either.

But that doesn't stop me from acknowledging her as one of the first books I read where an adult female kicks ass.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2007-02-05 05:02 pm (UTC)
At this point, it's Mary to the power of Sue... Not satisfied (insatiable) by her vampire-lord lover/master (sex-vamp, but a little blood never hurts) she is now mated (frequently) to two were-cats, who are also incredibly buff yet emotionally vulnerable erotic dancers, and because of some crossover of her incredibly, amazingly powerful dead-thing-raising powers (zombie only so far) interacting with their were-critter powers - oh, did I mention she was erotically tortured by a werething, and infected but her power prevented it from working, or was it the vampire thing, but anyway... She's also part-were. And just to prove how tough she is, she's got scars everywhere, mostly on the left arm she uses to cut herself to get blood. Oh baybee. And oh yeah, she has to have sex at least every four hours or it takes over and she will rape some poor guy into a coma.

Yeah. Good to read while waiting for a train or having a slow intestines day.
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[User Picture]From: klingonlandlady
2007-02-05 11:14 am (UTC)
I like bitch movies too: Aliens 2, Strange Days, Terminator 2. V.I. Warshowski was supposed to be good in the books but the movie was boring.
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