Monday, June 12, 2017

Blog Tour: The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente


The Refrigerator Monologues is for anyone who ever got upset at the way women were treated in comic shows, movies or books.
The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes. A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics

From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.

In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

About Catherynne M. Valence

Catherynne M. Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California. She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics. She then drifted away from her M.A. program and into a long residence in the concrete and camphor wilds of Japan.

She currently lives in Maine with her partner, two dogs, and three cats, having drifted back to America and the mythic frontier of the Midwest.


This book, guys. THIS BOOK. This is the perfect time to read something like The Refrigerator Monologues. With Wonder Woman receiving so much praise and feminism taking a new shape, it is time we see more examples of how not-so-woman-friendly a lot of media is. In this book, Valence gives a voice to those women that have been nothing more than accessories in all of the superhero stories out there. 

The worse part of it is that I've never considered that to be odd. It's the norm, the guy is the one with the power. The woman is just there. The end. But this new take is so heart breaking and much needed. The reader gets to see these female characters as people, not just plot devices. It is brilliant and such a great conversation starter. 

Although this is a quick read, it leaves a lasting impression. Whether you're a fan of superhero stories or not, this book will give you a new perspective of that world.  

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