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  • American,  Crime fiction,  Essays,  Random

    The Future and the Truth are Female: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

      Crime fiction is one of the most political forms of popular literature, and American women authors are killing it (no pun intended) with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman being responsible for a new golden age. The reasons for the success of female-authored crime fiction novels are many, but considering the current political climate, it is just natural to see how these narratives about social injustice and trauma as the perfect breeding ground for those stories that women have been keeping silent for years or even decades. Megan Miranda’s latest novel The Perfect Stranger (2017) perfectly exemplifies this new era and the role women are proactively…

  • Essays,  Random

    More for the University of Birmingham: Beyond the Best-Selling Label. Patricia Cornwell and Kay Scarpetta

    I mentioned last week I have written some articles for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on Popular Culture and the second one is already out! This time I talk about one of my favourite writers, Patricia Cornwell and her Kay Scarpetta series. More here  https://blog.bham.ac.uk/poplit/beyond-the-best-selling-label-patricia-cornwell-and-kay-scarpetta-by-elena-avanzas-alvarez/

  • Essays,  Random

    New Article for the University of Birmingham: Why we Like Our Crime Fiction Feminist (But We May Have a Hard Time Admitting it)’

    As many of you know, apart from working at Bodies in the Library I write for other outlets as well. I was recently invited to do a series of posts on crime fiction for the University of Birmingham’s new and super cool blog on popular culture and the first of them just came out this week. This project has been in the works for quite some time now and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. The blog also features posts on other popular literature genres, such as romance so I highly recommend some browsing. As it could not be otherwise I chose to write about crime fiction…

  • Essays,  Random

    Change Starts One Book at a Time: A Love Letter to the British Public Libraries

    The first thing that I did when I finally settled down in the UK was joining a public library. As I was only in the country for a few months, I didn’t bring any books with me, and I thought: What kind of life can one live without books? Not one worth living for me. So, I walked into the public library, asked a very lovely young woman – who would later become my friend – if I could join, and she gladly gave me my card. It must be said here that I didn’t get a regular card though. As I was a visitor, I could only borrow 3…

  • Essays,  Random

    What Our Insistence On Ferrante’s Identity Actually Means About Women, Consent, And Art

    I am currently reading and enjoying the internationally acclaimed Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante featuring childhood friends Elena and Lila after everyone whose literary taste I trust kept raving about them online. This week I have just started the second one – they are four, and I’m told the two last ones are the real jewels – and I do not know much either about the childhood friends’ fate, or how the novel, let alone the series, may end. I know even less about the author, except that we share a name and that makes me happy somehow. Yesterday morning my Twitter feed went crazy after the New York Times…

  • Essays,  Random

    Kate Atkinson Not Shorlisted for the Bailey’s Prize… Yet Again

    This is both a love note and a quick rant. This is a post about being bookishly devastated – if that is even a thing: British author Kate Atkinson has not been shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women Prize for fiction, even though her latest novel, A God in Ruins, made it to the long list. What can I say? I am both surprised and angry, but I saw it coming. Atkinson has been snubbed at numerous literary prizes for ages. Her novels offer readers a complex, rich, humourous, dark and unique take on diverse themes that range from everyday life to moral relativism. I can take the cynical route and…

  • Essays,  Random

    Jessica Knoll, Author of Luckiest Girl Alive, Speaks Out About Sexual Abuse

    Luckiest Girl Alive is Jessica Knoll’s debut novel. Published in Spring 2015, it was the book that I first reviewed for the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can check my review here. Due to copyright issues, I cannot reproduce my review here in any form, but I can say that it offers readers one of the most brutal depictions of a gang rape I have ever read. And I am doing a PhD in crime fiction, so I am not the ultra-sensitive kind. Back when I was reading the book I did not give this scene more thought than I would have done in any other book. I was…

  • 21st Century,  Essays,  Medical Humanities

    Why Patricia Cornwell is One of the Best Crime Fiction Writers (And Why You Should Be Reading Her Works)

    ‘Hi! My name is Elena and I’m writing a Humanities doctoral thesis. On Contemporary Literature. On crime fiction. On Patricia Cornwell’s books’. That is how much it takes me these days to get a look of embarrassment from many people, although luckily not my beloved ones. Not only am I pursuing a PhD in Humanities, which apparently is not nearly as important as my expected Medicine career (on which acquaintances gave up a long time ago), but I am also studying bad literature. Airport literature. Beach readings. Pop-corn crime fiction. Best-sellers. You name it. I have chosen the wrong path. Or so they say. Because, how can you build your…

  • Essays,  Random

    Why #ReadWomen2014 Has Changed Things, And Why #ReadWomen Matters

    This year started in the best way possible for us feminist book bloggers: with #ReadWomen2014 a hashtag used on Twitter to promote and support books writen by women. Any genre. Any length. Any kind. The only requisit was that they were written by women. Founder, Joanna Walsh, describes the campaign as ‘A year-long celebration of women’s writing’ on their Twitter profile page, and The Guardian dedicated the campaign an article on an effort to spread the word. They say: Female authors are marginalised by newspapers and literary journals, and their books are given ‘girly’ covers. Take action against this inequality by making sure the next book you read is by…

  • Essays,  Random

    Women’s Education, Women’s Health Care and Feminism by Cate Blanchett

    Cate Blanchett, always the genius, spoke at Labour Minister Gough Whitlam’s memorial (1916 – 2014) about free education, free healthcare, motherhood, single-mothers, the state of the arts and many other things I cannot transmit in these lines. Just sit down, and enjoy: Also, did you see the row of non-applauding rich, white people when she talks about free healthcare?