30 Days of Female Awesome Challenge
Day Twenty-Eight: Favorite female writer (television, books, movies, etc.)
More people need to know about Angela Carter. There are several reasons for this- she did dark and sexual fairy tales before they were cool and better than anyone else has, she wrote a nonfiction coherant analysis of the Marquis de Sade’s writing in relation to feminism that wasn’t just throwing up her hands and giving up, she blurred the lines of magical realism in a manner comparable to Borges- but to readers of this blog, an incentive I’d like to add is that she’s one of the best writers of gothic short stories I’ve ever found.
Her most famous work is The Bloody Chamber, the aforementioned fairy tale collection (the movie that was loosely based on it is The Company of Wolves, and I command you all to watch it,) but I’d recommend you get Burning Your Boats, which collects all her short fiction. The fairy tales are there, as well as historical fantasy, deadly puppet-women, sex comedies, werewolves, vampires, sinister circuses, days in the life of Lizzie Borden, and a hauntingly grotesque take on 120 Days of Sodom from the victims’ point of view. Her work isn’t for the faint of heart (or, at times, for those impatient with whimsy) but I’m dying to make more people as in love with her as I am.