While the two characters have spiked more interest than most, they couldn't be further apart, argues Jezebel's Lizzie Skurnick as she considers why they have ignited such intense female interest.
On Salander; "Sullen and socially allergic, [she] has been told through various social agencies exactly who she is through her entire adolescent life," and it's the character's "hyper-vigilant, emotionally unfulfilling life we're consumed with." Skurnick rhetorically concludes wondering whether the two extremes signify our avoidance of "some golden mean of literary womanhood."
- Sandra Bullock has ousted Angelina Jolie from her perch as Forbes' highest-earning female actress. Bullock earned $56 million from June 09 through June 10 from her giant hits The Proposal and The Blind Side, putting her ahead of $32-million earners Reese Witherspoon (thanks to advance pay from two yet-be-released films and an Avon contract) and Cameron Diaz (Knight & Day, Shrek). In fourth place is rom-com queen Jennifer Aniston with $27 million, followed by
- The NYT's Maureen Dowd chatted with Sam Wasson, the 28-year old author of the bestselling making-of Breakfast at Tiffany's book Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., and discussed, among other things, the lack of quality rom-coms and too many disappointing femme roles played by disappointing Jennifers. Wasson concluded their conversation with:
Even the studios that are run by women aren’t run by women. They’re run by corporations, which are run by franchises. Unfortunately for us, Jennifer Aniston is a franchise. So is Katherine Heigl and Gerard Whatever-His-Name-Is, and even when their movies bomb, their franchise potential isn’t compromised because overseas markets, DVD sales and cable earn all the studio’s money back. I’m told that ‘Knight and Day,’ that awful Cruise/Diaz movie, has already been good for Fox for exactly this reason. The worst part of it is, from Hollywood’s point of view, it ain’t broke. I never thought I’d say this, but thank God for TV. O.K., now I am drinking.
I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.
Lady Gaga tells Robinson that she hopes her fans do not emulate her by thinking that taking drugs is the road to greatness, or her "condition as an artist" is to be lonely in relationships, or she is "drawn to bad romances," which we already assumed from her song "Bad Romance." At least she can admit it.