FANTASTIC BEASTS Director Defends Johnny Depp: Critical Linking, November 29

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Fans have continued to criticize the studio, and specifically J.K. Rowling, for the decision to keep Depp onboard the franchise – and for making his Grindelwald the centerpiece of the sequel – in light of allegations of domestic abuse made by ex-wife Amber Heard two years ago. The author, known to be outspoken around social justice issues, has yet to comment on the controversial casting, but director David Yates came to Depp’s defense today.

Spoiler: it’s not going to help the case to keep Depp on.

Although women read more than men and books by female authors are published in roughly the same numbers, they are vastly overlooked for prizes in comparison to male authors. A recent proliferation of data on women in the literary arts has provided remarkable insight into current trends. In a 2015 study, novelist Nicola Griffith (Hild, Ammonite) looked at 15 years worth of data from a few top literary prizes. She found that fiction written by women about women won hardly any prizes, and fiction by women about men fared a little better. Books by men about men were miles ahead.


In real life, of course, we’re all flawed, and perhaps a lack of good fictional dudes suggests a lack of flesh-and-blood inspiration. But it’s worth noting that if I tried to make a list of “good women characters in literature,” the difficulty would be confining it.

Ha! A list of actually decent men in fiction.

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