Panther in the Hive is a novel about one young woman’s journey in the midst of a cybertronic apocalypse. Help fund publication of the first book in a trilogy.
What’s happening to female friendship in fiction? It scares me that it’s going the way of the dodo in the face of popular romantic plotlines, in which the only important relationships are the ones in which sex is involved. Hermione Granger was smart and no-nonsense, but she was alone. It is not enough to simply have one dynamic female character. There must be many. They must talk to each other. Otherwise, we are teaching young readers (and adult readers) that strong women exist alone, in competition and at odds with other women. “You can kick ass,” we tell them. “You can take on the world. But you’re gonna be kicking ass by yourself.” The books that have resonated with me throughout my life—and, indeed, the ones that have shaped the person I am—aren’t like that. They’re books like Sula, The Color Purple, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Bell Jar: books in which the relationships between women are strong and deep and complicated. The books in which women are not alone, even as we come apart and put ourselves back together again. Characters that, even as they set out on long journeys to discover themselves, do so with a tribe of women to support them along the way. I’m not seeing these relationships in mainstream books: I’ve been missing a book that explores the connections between women, the bonding we do that is separate from men and sex and romance.
Olivia Cole is an incredibly talented author and I’m so excited I was able to work with her. She’s self publishing a novel and needs your help. Please check out her IndieGoGo and consider pledging a few dollars to make Panther in the Hive happen. It’d mean a lot to me!
(Below is a bunch of tweets culled and edited from a twitter convo tonight, bundled together here for easier reading.)
I’ve been thinking about ‘offensive art’ and horror and how offensive (maybe another word for it, lowbrow?) art is almost its own genre. When coupled with other genres like comedy or satire, the offense is expected to be outside the boundaries or criticism which obviously nothing is excused from a critical eye nor does comedy negate the offensive subject matter, especially when its done poorly which is a lot.