Yeah, I have one. And it’s a girl.
Back in 2008, I started writing as a character named Valerie Atherton. She was created in response to the masculine-dominated fanboy blogs, many of which were so myopic in their tastes, but also their attitude of never being pleased. Movies are nitpicked and dissected ad nauseum and there was a sense of entitlement about them, a sense that studios needed to somehow check in with these “fans” before making any major decisions because, well, they knew better.
So, I created Valerie, a self-proclaimed ‘movie reviewer writer person’, to not only add a female voice, but a female voice that would piss them off to no end. One reader called Valerie, “…kryptonite to fanboys.”
Some of the responses she’s gotten from fanboys are pure gold:
RE: Inglorious Bastards (purposely spelled correctly) – “This is the worst movie review I have ever read. I would list all of the mistakes but it would take too much time and effort.”
RE: Clash Of The Titans - “…your review was awful. It made me throw up in my own pants”
RE: Predators – “Grow some braincells or get familiar with the genre before going in and doing a review…”
Because of other projects, I haven’t revisited Valerie since June. I encourage all of you to go read her newest review of Django Unchained, a prequel to the movie Lincoln. If you like it, please subscribe to Valerie Atherton Playground and Intellectual Dept. You may or may not be disappointed, I don’t really know.
One thing is for sure, though: I would love to get Valerie Freshly Pressed. Le Clown, work your magic.