Professor Marston and Wonder Woman
In an effort to discuss books widely, (and the fact there are three of us contributing to the blog) we will try our best to stick to the monthly schedule of topics we would like to dive deeper into, starting off with TV Tuesday. This will include television shows that are loosely based on books or shows we just really like but we'll try keeping it bookish related. I became infatuated with Damon from The Vampire Diaries (the show) and the twisted teen hit, Pretty Little Liars.
Both of which are based on popular young adult series. My sister is trying to get me started on Riverdale (from the Archie Comics), but I can't binge twelve different shows at one time. Side Note: how does The WB capture teen life so well?! They've been doing it for twenty years and every single show nails it! Which leads us to our first heroine on this Tuesday, do you have a favorite television character that is actually based on a character from a book?
A few weeks ago I came across the recent film, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Now I'm definitely a sucker for historical content and feminist story-lines so by the end of the movie, I dug up as much as I could about the creation of Wonder Woman. Do you know the origin of Diana Prince, the famous amazonian that kicked serious ass? What about the significance her golden lasso and truth? Or the fact that after the creator died the sexual imagery disappeared as well as her super powers?! Luckily in 1972, the famous activist Gloria Steinem reclaimed everyone's favorite femme fatale when she put the character on the cover of the first issue of Ms. Magazine, making her the symbol of woman empowerment. The underlying subtext of feminism combined with the sexual imagery of bondage you see in the original comics, plays an important part in the story of women fighting for their right to be heard and female sexual desire. After seeing the recent blockbuster Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot and then the biopic about the psychology professor and the inventor of the lie detector, William Moulton Marston and his wife, Elizabeth and mistress Olive Byrne, not only has my research become intensive, I'm excited to start watching the original television series of the most famous female super hero.