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About christafrench

I'm a writer/mom/legal secretary living in Austin, TX.

Princess Toadstool Saves Herself

Yeah! Princess Toadstool saves herself! The Wild Eternal has created a free, downloadable game called Sorry, Mario Bros! that “gives Princess Toadstool the ability to jump, and thereby free herself from King Koopa’s castle.” I’m not really a gamer, but … Continue reading

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Maleficent!

The Mary Sue has an update on Disney’s upcoming Maleficent. Squee! Sleeping Beauty has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. I get that Aurora is lame, and that her “gifts” are lame (requirements for being a princess: beauty, … Continue reading

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Women and Fantasy in the Age of Rehash

Philip Cohen over at The Society Pages has a good article out detailing why Smurfette is still problematic.  The basics: “The Smurfs, originating as they did in mid-century Europe, exhibit the quaint sexism in which boys or men are generic people … Continue reading

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Review: Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta follows Jane Williams, a foster kid who’s bootstrapped herself into a scholarship to a prestigious girls’ academy. Our daring Cinderella goes from living in a borderline-abusive group home, with a junkie hooker for a best … Continue reading

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Sleepless

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I did what I usually do (no shame): flipped through the Romance section Amazon Streaming. I came across Sleepless in Seattle, which my fuzzy memory told me I found charming when I watched it … Continue reading

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Sharon Shinn, The Shape of Desire

Sharon Shinn’s novel The Shape of Desire is a good, old-fashioned romance about a girl who loves a werewolf. Were-moose. Were-bunny? Maria Devane, a thirtysomething Missouri tech worker with a reasonable support network of friends and family, has been in a … Continue reading

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