I’m not sure if you ever watched these episodes way back when, but Xena and Gabrielle had quite the following. A while back, I found a website created by some people all over the world. They wrote amateur-ish screenplays that began where the TV series left off, and included the romance that the series only hinted to.
I thought you and/or people you know might like a bit of light reading about another female kicking some arse. They made some pretty nice graphic art for this as well.
Also, thanks for posting that song on your blog today!
I am a dyke. I was breathing and had a TV in the nineties. Of course I watched Xena! Actually I was introduced to Xena by writers (and sweeties) Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett. I was at OutWrite, in Boston. I didn’t know anyone. I felt at a loose end. Melissa and Lisa took me under their wing. They invited me for a drink and dinner. “But first we have to watch this TV show.” I watched it with them; it was Hercules. Starring an evil warlord called…Xena. I was hooked. Then she got her own show in September.
It was destination viewing for me the first two seasons. Marvellous. It made my week, every week. I’d never seen anything like it on television. (I got the videos. A friend bought me the six-foot tall cardboard Xena cutout–it scared many a guest at night as they crept to the bathroom in the dark.) There had been no Alias, no La Femme Nikita, no Buffy, no Witchblade, no Sarah Connor Chronicles. Nothing. Sadly, the Xena producers’ need to have their demographic cake and eat it too, that is, their unwillingness to bring Xena and Gabrielle from subtext to maintext, ruined the show on an essential level. There could be no happy ending. We had to deal with crap episodes (I spit on Ulysses, spit on him!) and senseless plot arcs. And of course the characters themselves had no integrity because of the essential lie. But, wow, I still fucking loved it. A quick search of my website, particularly Ask Nicola, shows that I’ve talked about it a lot (20 times or more). I wish someone would make the film…
I’m glad you liked the Shakespear’s Sister song. Strictly speaking it’s seriously naughty for me to post it this way–but I couldn’t find a YouTube clip with decent sound quality so I thought, ah, fuck it. If I get sued I’ll put up a blog tip jar to pay for my legal defence.
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It is the end of our fiscal year at work and I do not have two good brain cells left to rub together. Even in Social Services we have numbers to crunch and stretch and justify…sigh>>I just wanted to add that I loved Xena-right up until the final episode. My favorite episode was A Good Day/Season Four. >> I agree about Ulysses but Darius(Chariots of War/Season One) runs a fairly close second.>>Janine, there is a whole genre of fan fiction that sprang from that series with many of the authors now published. The books do not require any serious thought and I do read them. Some are very well written, though.>>I discovered The Blue Place, and you Nicola, and my brain did a back flip. I loved that you challenged me with many of the concepts you put into your books. LOL. I was seriously pruning back some Mexican Petunias this weekend and said aloud…”Sorry, Jante's Law.”>>I doubt there will be a Xena WP film and if there is, I doubt it will reprise the original cast.>>Robert Tapert does have a new series, Legend of the Seeker, to begin in November. I saw the trailer and like the looks of it.>Check it out. >>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prCpd18ENYo&feature=related
Ah, that’s the series based on Terry Goodkind’s SWORD OF TRUTH series. It looks like fun. Thanks for the headsup.>>No, I don’t think there’ll be a Xena live action film, either. Maybe animated? That could be cool. But I won’t watch unless subtext is maintext. Pah.>>As for my books being a challenge, you’re welcome :) I love to learn from books, so I just assume everyone else does, too. And then I do my best to make sure it doesn’t feel like a lesson but an adventure…
Speaking of kick-ass women, check out the Jirel of Joiry stories by C.L. Moore–Catherine Lucille Moore. Six of these seven stories originally appeared in Weird Tales in the 1930s. It is usually argued that Jirel of Joiry was the first female heroic fantasy hero ala Conan. But Moore could write rings around Robert E. Howard. All seven stories appear together for the first time in a recent book release from Paizo Publishing in their Planet Stories line–Black God’s Kiss. Wikipedia says: “Jirel is the proud, tough, arrogant and beautiful ruler of her own domain—apparently somewhere in medieval France. Her adventures continually involve her in dangerous brushes with the supernatural.” This book is available in many bookstores, Amazon.com, and Paizo.com.
I appreciate how Lucy Lawless embraces and plays to her lesbian fanbase. >>Katee Sackhoff, in an interview, stuttered through a question about her lesbian fans. Lucy, on the otherhand is thrilled that we still watch her.
Pierce, I love Moore’s work. Rereading the collection of Northwest Smith stories that came out earlier this year, I could see where Aud came from (and Travis McGee): the rangy, big-wristed, blue-eyed, supercompetent loner… It’s all there. Wow. And Jirel of Joiry, woo-hoo. Can’t wait to reread those.>>Carol, Katee was probably confused about having lesbian fans. (I’m certainly confused about her having lesbian fans.) As for Lawless, did you ever see her first film role, as a girl-kissing girl in ‘Peach’?
LL and Peach: I actually have a 4×6 photo from that film framed and hanging on the backboard surrounding my desk at work…its an “I’ll tell if you ask…” statement along with a small abstract of “Love Makes a Family” with an HRC logo underneath the print. I watch people looking at them and see the wheels turning… :)
Well, linda, you totally pass the lesbian culture test.
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