Daily Heroine: Dejah Thoris

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Dejah Thoris, the beautiful copper-skinned Martian princess, from the Barsoom series of novels, written by American pulp fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs. There are several books in this series, but I have only read the first one, which is titled A Princess of Mars. Alas, I only found out about the Barsoom books as an adult. If I had known about them as a kid, I’m sure I would have read most if not all of them. The fantastic setting and exciting adventures would have drawn me right in! 😆

The cover you can see is from the 1979 edition of A Princess of Mars, published by Del Rey, which features a painting by Michael Whelan. As you would expect for a novel that’s over a hundred years old, there have been many covers created for it, but this is the best one I’ve seen thus far. The main reason for this is, Mr Whelan’s obvious talent aside, that the lovely Dejah is naked, as she should be. Yes, she is naked, even though it may be hard to see because of the minute size of the image.😋

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: The Childlike Empress

Today’s Daily Heroine is: The Childlike Empress (Die Kindliche Kaiserin) from the novel The Neverending Story (Die unendliche Geschichte) by German author, Michael Ende. Although I think Tami Stronach did a fine job portraying The Childlike Empress in the 1984 film, The Childlike Empress from the novel is more actively involved in the story, and therefore she is a much more interesting character. Incidentally, this cover for the novel (from a 2014 edition published by Puffin), has a very Asian look to it, doesn’t it? I find this interesting, because if I remember correctly, this is the look that Mr Ende had in mind for the magical world of The Neverending Story, and this look extended to the appearance of The Childlike Empress herself.

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Amberle Elessedil

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Amberle Elessedil, the elven princess from the 80s fantasy novel The Elfstones of Shannara, by Terry Brooks. The cover you can see is from the second volume of a 2007 two-volume edition released by Japanese publisher Fusosha. I dearly wanted to find out who created this gorgeous cover, but unfortunately I was not able to.☹

Based on what I’ve read of Mr Brooks (which admittedly isn’t very much), I can say his books do have some faults. There is, however, one thing I admire about him: he creates wonderful, compelling characters. And Amberle is a great example. She is a very feminine character: she is gentle, thoughtful and nurturing. She also displays endearingly human (or should that be elven?😋) emotions of fear and doubt (as do many of Mr Brooks’ characters). And yet she has an incredible fortitude, which allows her to overcome such negative emotions. All in all, a very likeable heroine.🙂

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Daily Heroine: Sara Crewe

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Sara Crewe from the 1905 children’s novel A Little Princess, by the British-born American writer Frances Hodgson Burnett. The cover you can see is from the 1995 film tie-in version of A Little Princess, which is when I first read Sara’s story. For me, Sara is the absolutely perfect heroine. She is intelligent, compassionate and imaginative. But most important of all, she has an admirable inner strength that allows her to overcome the misfortune that life sends her way. It may be sheer coincidence, but I find that many of the heroines I create end up resembling Sara Crewe to some degree.🙂

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.😊

Another Poster for “Alita: Battle Angel” Released!

This is the second poster to be released for the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel film. I thought the first poster was fantastic. This one is just a generic movie poster. But you do get a look at the main cast and the floating city of Tiphares (AKA Zalem). Speaking of the floating city, it also features prominently on the cover for the Alita prequel novel, titled Iron City, which is now available from Titan Books. You can check out the cover below. Continue reading