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Misfit Sisters assesses female characterization in recent screen horror, examining how a female rite of passage can be seen to operate in such texts as Scream, The Craft, Ginger Snaps and The Ring. Drawing parallels with folk tales it evaluates the trials female protagonists undergo in their journey to womanhood, arguing that the focus given to female characters and experi Misfit Sisters assesses female characterization in recent screen horror, examining how a female rite of passage can be seen to operate in such texts as Scream, The Craft, Ginger Snaps and The Ring. Drawing parallels with folk tales it evaluates the trials female protagonists undergo in their journey to womanhood, arguing that the focus given to female characters and experiences, the powers they are given, and the ways in which they are tested demand that the genre be critically re-appraised.


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Misfit Sisters assesses female characterization in recent screen horror, examining how a female rite of passage can be seen to operate in such texts as Scream, The Craft, Ginger Snaps and The Ring. Drawing parallels with folk tales it evaluates the trials female protagonists undergo in their journey to womanhood, arguing that the focus given to female characters and experi Misfit Sisters assesses female characterization in recent screen horror, examining how a female rite of passage can be seen to operate in such texts as Scream, The Craft, Ginger Snaps and The Ring. Drawing parallels with folk tales it evaluates the trials female protagonists undergo in their journey to womanhood, arguing that the focus given to female characters and experiences, the powers they are given, and the ways in which they are tested demand that the genre be critically re-appraised.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Borup

    This takes a more pragmatic view of horror than I'm used to reading about in a film study. While many theorists of yesteryear make claims of misogyny directed towards the entire genre, Short takes a more fragmented view, separating the parts of each film from their whole. I think a narrative is a sum of its parts (including the horrible downfall of so many of horror's female protagonists), and in the case of film - meant to be viewed in one sitting - this seems especially so. While Short never t This takes a more pragmatic view of horror than I'm used to reading about in a film study. While many theorists of yesteryear make claims of misogyny directed towards the entire genre, Short takes a more fragmented view, separating the parts of each film from their whole. I think a narrative is a sum of its parts (including the horrible downfall of so many of horror's female protagonists), and in the case of film - meant to be viewed in one sitting - this seems especially so. While Short never throws away the punishment dished out at the end of these films, she does tend to skip over it as merely a part of the genre that tends to be misogynistic instead of a moral that can overarch the entire narrative. However, juding by character identification of so many of these "misfit sisters," I don't think her point is moot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachy

    For anyone who's read Clover and was dissatisfied with her theory, or felt she was missing something, this book's for you. Clover blew everyone out of the water with her "final girl" theory in which the surviving female subverts her femininity to defeat the monster at the end of the film. In Misfit Sisters, Short redefines the Final Girl, challenging Clover's view. It's a shame this book hasn't yet found its place in the academic horror canon. Short's theory is refreshing, articulate, and timely. For anyone who's read Clover and was dissatisfied with her theory, or felt she was missing something, this book's for you. Clover blew everyone out of the water with her "final girl" theory in which the surviving female subverts her femininity to defeat the monster at the end of the film. In Misfit Sisters, Short redefines the Final Girl, challenging Clover's view. It's a shame this book hasn't yet found its place in the academic horror canon. Short's theory is refreshing, articulate, and timely. It could well change the way we think about horror.

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