One worth mentioning, and a double helping of the romance is Ethel Merman’s https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_Me_Madam_(film). It’s not Ruritania but Lichtenburg. Speaking from the UK having an Ambassador who can put on a show at the drop of a hat seems strange, but US Ambassadors seem to always have been a strange…
Also Phillip Pullman’s YA novel The Tin Princess, a spin-off of his Sally Lockhart novels, in which a Cockney woman is crowned princess, then queen, of Razkavia (high in the mountains of Central Europe), where everyone speaks German and/or English.
Fun discussion. An unmentioned Ruritanian fantasy film: The Prince and The Showgirl (1957), in which earthy American dancer Marilyn Monroe gets caught up with stuffy Ruritanian prince Laurence Olivier. This falls squarely into the post-war ‘American girl conquers stuffy mitteleuropean guy’ oeuvre and is an absolute…
I write cozies.
Kokoandyumyum, my fake name here is in fact for Koko and Yum Yum the Siamese cats in the Cat Who series. :D I reread them every year.
It is one of my favorites, but maybe not my most favorite mystery series.
I am currently madly in love with Hamish MacBeth from the genius that is MC Beaton—she has a cat… Read more
How did you miss the Midnight Louie series by Carole Nelson Douglas? There is one for every letter of the alphabet! With a female protagonist sharing the stories with her exceptional kitteh Louie, this is a great cat cozy saga. http://carolenelsondouglas.com/book-series/midnight-louie/
If you want to be more upset, I’m here to tell you that this is clearly a 16th or 17th century map that is not listing nations, but rather regions and tribes denoted in classical texts from ancient Rome. Note that southern Italy is identified as “Magna Graecia,” the Latin name for the region colonized by the Greeks… Read more
Belgravia existing on this map is much, much more disturbing than even the basic scariness of a Netflix Cinematic Christmas Universe. Vanessa Hudgens quite literally watches ‘The Christmas Prince' on Netflix in Belgravia! Are we meant to believe it's an in-universe DOCUMENTARY???
This rant sounds like me getting really angry while watching Paw Patrol with my 3 year old. Seriously, how is the Paw Patrol funded? I mean, I can look past the talking dogs, but what I can’t look past is the massive cost of having a team of specially trained rescue dogs on call 24 hours a day. The Paw Patrol has some… Read more
Wait, I beat the Jenner/Kardashians to a trend, wah?! I bought my pre-lit pink tree last year after passing a store with one out front while on the bus in The Mission District in San Francisco and knowing it was just that time in my life. It’s a bit more bubble gum pink than the ones above which I think works well… Read more