I remember reading “The Valley of the Dolls,” and then seeing the movie in which actress Patty Duke won an Oscar for her portrayal of Neely O’Hara. It was heart-breaking yet believable. Sometimes the theme song, sung by Dionne Warwick, still plays in my head as I work on my current WIP. Unfortunately, I feel that in some respects, as women and society, we have gone too far in the other direction: toward female superiority. We need to be comfortable with equality. Reblogged from https://writenook.wordpress.com
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, women in literature were portrayed far differently than they are today. With today’s image of women, characters like Katniss Everdeen, Lisbeth Salander, Lucy Pevensie, Hermione Granger are some of our generation’s role models. They are praised for their strong will, independence, and successes. Prior to the creation of these characters, readers were often exposed to a different side of women: the crazy side.
Beware, there will be spoilers!
The first book we have is Valley of the Dolls by Jaqueline Susann. With this tale that follows the lives of three women, who are also dear friends of one another, one character truly stood out the most: Neely O’Hara. Her actions made me want to rip my hair out, shake some sense into her, and most of all throw my book across the room. She stands as one of the prime examples of how women…
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