Audrey ParkerThis week’s Danger Gal Friday profile is of the Audrey Parker from the Syfy Network show Haven. Portrayed by actress Emily Rose, the series is based on Stephen King’s mystery short story The Colorado Kid.

Audrey Parker came to Haven, Maine, as an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of federal prisoner Jonas Lester. After the investigation into his death ended, Parker stayed on in Haven, a town whose people are suffering “a plague of supernatural afflictions that occurred in the town at least once before” called The Troubles. (Wikipedia, Haven)

I missed Haven’s first season and have been catching up on it as I watch season two. Like Fringe, Haven showcases a female main character with a supporting ensemble cast. Last season the focus of Fringe shifted away from Olivia and became the all-about-Peter show. The storylines not only featured Peter more than any of the other characters, but his “otherness” started to trump Olivia’s. Now, don’t get me wrong, I kind of like Peter Bishop. He’s an interesting character, but the appeal of Fringe for me was the centrality of its female lead. Take that away and it’s just another paranormal TV show.

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Am I the only one noticing quiet a visual similarity in the Brave and Hunger Games trailers?


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Movie Trailer Monday: Brave

Not too long ago, I lamented the lack of strong heroines in children’s movies, citing Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger as a rare example and sidekick (although a great one) to boot. A few days ago I found out about an upcoming release from Pixar titled BRAVE. The official synopsis:

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Initially conceived and slated to be directed by Pixar’s first female director, Brenda Chapman has since been replaced by Mark Andrews. Still, Merida is the first female main character in a Pixar movie.


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UPDATE: The winners have been chosen and will be notified shortly. Thanks everyone for participating!

In celebration of my first RWA as a published author, I’m giving away two audible.com copies of my book The Spiral Path. There are two ways to enter:

1- In the RWA Goody Room, fill out a card with your name and e-mail (or use your business card) and drop it in the Danger Gal Box.

2- Online, leave a comment on this post by Saturday, July 2.

I’ll choose one winner from each group and announce them on my blog here. If you’re also attending RWA and mention to me in person that you saw this in the Goody Room or on this blog, you’ll receive my electronic trading cards that were previously only available to those who participated in the Out Of This World Blog Tour.


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