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“Fifty Shades of Grey” Inspires Marvel Comics to Create “The She-Hulk Diaries,” and a Canadian Writer Joins In, Too


Marvel Comics announced yesterday a deal with fellow Disney-owned company Hyperion to publish two action-and-adventure romance novels featuring two of the company’s most popular super-heroines, X-Men’s Rogue and former Fantastic Four member She-Hulk. [Hollywood Reporter]

MARVEL COMICS is unleashing their brand of romantic novels come June, just the latest outfit to jump on board the E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon.

The She-Hulk Diaries focuses on Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk), who is trying to balance climbing the corporate ladder during the day with battling super villains at night “all while trying to navigate the dating world to find a Mr. Right who might not mind a sometimes very big and green girlfriend.”

Love it.

Oh, and speaking of Fifty Shades of Grey, a Candadian novelist has tried her hand at her own brand of erotic romance.

From Reuters:

Canadian novelist Lisa Gabriele never felt she was especially good at writing sex scenes, but when an editor dared her to write an erotic novel to rival the wildly popular global hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” she took up the challenge.

A week later she had some 40 pages written on “S.E.C.R.E.T.”, the just-published story of an underground society that helps women realize their wildest sexual dreams.

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One Response to “Fifty Shades of Grey” Inspires Marvel Comics to Create “The She-Hulk Diaries,” and a Canadian Writer Joins In, Too

  1. mjsmith February 9, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    William Moulton Marston (May 9, 1893 — May 2, 1947), also known by the pen name Charles Moulton, was an American psychologist, feminist theorist, inventor and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman. Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne (who lived with the couple in a polyamorous relationship), served as exemplars for the character and greatly influenced her creation.

    a 1943 issue of “The American Scholar”, Marston wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

    Marston’s “Wonder Woman” is an early example of bondage themes that were entering popular culture in the 1930s. Physical submission appears again and again throughout Marston’s comics work, with Wonder Woman and her criminal opponents frequently being tied up or otherwise restrained, and her Amazonian friends engaging in frequent wrestling and bondage play. These elements were softened by later writers of the series, who dropped such characters as the Nazi-like blond female slaver Eviless completely, despite her having formed the original Villany Inc. of WW’s enemies (in Wonder Woman #28, the last by Marston).
    Though Marston had described female nature as submissive, in his other writings and interviews[citation needed] he referred to submission as a noble practice and did not shy away from the sexual implications, saying:
    “The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound… Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society… Giving to others, being controlled by them, submitting to other people cannot possibly be enjoyable without a strong erotic element”. [8]
    About male readers, he later wrote: “Give them an alluring woman stronger than themselves to submit to, and they’ll be proud to become her willing slaves!” [9]
    Marston combined these themes with others, including restorative and transformative justice, rehabilitation, regret and its role in civilization, mind control used in a temporary way for good. These appeared often in his depiction of the near-ideal Amazon civilization of Paradise Island, and especially its Transformation Island penal colony, which played a central role in many stories, and was the “loving” alternative to retributive justice of the world run by men. These themes are particularly evident in his last story, in which prisoners freed by Eviless, who have responded to Amazon rehabilitation, stop her and restore the Amazons to power.
    Some of these themes continued on in Silver Age characters who may have been influenced by Marston, notably Saturn Girl and Saturn Queen, who (like Eviless and her female army) are also from Saturn, also clad in tight dark red bodysuits, also blond or red-haired, and also have telepathic powers [1]. Stories involving the latter have been especially focused on the emotions involved in changing sides from evil to good, or the use of power over minds even to do good. Wonder Woman’s golden lasso and Girdle of Venus in particular were the focus of many of the early stories, and have the same capability to control people for good in the short term that Transformation Island offered in the longer term.

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