The Refrigerator Monologues

The Refrigerator Monologues The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics A series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of

  • Title: The Refrigerator Monologues
  • Author: Catherynne M. Valente Annie Wu
  • ISBN: 9781481459341
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.A series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who s ever been refrigerated comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken soThe lives of six female superheroes and the girlfriends of superheroes A ferocious riff on women in superhero comics.A series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who s ever been refrigerated comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero s storyline will progress.

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    1. Catherynne M. Valente Annie Wu

      Catherynne M Valente was born on Cinco de Mayo, 1979 in Seattle, WA, but grew up in in the wheatgrass paradise of Northern California She graduated from high school at age 15, going on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her B.A in Classics with an emphasis in Ancient Greek Linguistics She then drifted away from her M.A program and into a long residence in the concrete and camphor wilds of Japan.She currently lives in Maine with her partner, two dogs, and three cats, having drifted back to America and the mythic frontier of the Midwest.

    127 thoughts on “The Refrigerator Monologues”

    1. What Catherynne M. Valente states in the afterword to her new book of stories concerning the wives and girlfriends of superhero’s, titled “The Refrigerator Monologues” , pertains to the untimely deaths bestowed on those ladies. Emphasizing the total lack of respect for the female character roles in comics in general, Valente compares this book to her personal version of “The Vagina Monologues” for the comic industry.All of the various female narrators in “The Refrigerator Monologues [...]


    2. This book is a parody and it’s not. Inspired by the trope of Women in Refrigerators, aka Women Getting Fridged For Manpain, The Refrigerator Monologues satirizes sexist tropes within media representation. And just like the trope itself, this book is weird as hell. It’s following a bunch of women in a literal deadtown, all becoming friends with each other and telling their own stories. It’s a story of solidarity between women, but in the end, a bit of an inconsistent one - this story’s ma [...]


    3. 3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2017/06/05/Ever wonder what it’s like to be a girlfriend or wife of a superhero? The answer is not so glamorous in The Refrigerator Monologues, a new book containing a series of linked short stories by Catherynne M. Valente. Inspired by “Women in Refrigerators”, a term used to describe a trope used in many comic book plots involving the deaths, disablement, and disenfranchising of female characters to forward a male superhero protagonist’ [...]


    4. I know I keep saying this about Cat Valente, but damn this is great stuff. Six women in six linked short stories. They're all superhero fodder. Oh, Raynor, she's been refrigerated! :)All the names have been changed but we can see who they are rather easy, and delightfully so. They're genuine female viewpoints and the ranting from a bar in Deadtown while listening to gargoyles play punk music is also delightful as hell, but what we've really got is Jean Grey, Harlequin, Gwen Stacey, and even poor [...]


    5. You can always rely on Valente to take a genre - this time it's comic book hero stories - and turn it completely on its head.


    6. "I belong in the refrigerator. Because the truth is, I'm just food for a superhero. He'll eat up my death and get the energy he needs to become a legend."It's no secret that I'm a huge Catherynne Valente fan, and this book is no exception. This was surreal, exquisitely written, and brimming with so much VOICE. So often in stories, the death of the "love interest" is just a character impetus for the male protagonist. Her death shapes his purpose, gives him depth, makes him relatable in his suffer [...]


    7. Can everyone please read this because wow is it important in regards to the way women are treated just to further men's storylines. If you're interested in superheroes and feminism then you're gonna love this.


    8. *ETA: Updated review now with THREE postscripts! One of which might just be as long as the rest of the review!*I like stories that offer transformation of oppresive structures or suggest ways of escaping them.This book isn’t like that.It is a raging, despairing howl against the world.There is no subversion of the comic-book narratives (and the book is based on very well-known comic book storylines – I was able to identify all but two and I’m a fake geek guy). The women get to tell their st [...]


    9. Cathrynne M. Valente's distinctive writing style is put to use describing the former lives of various girlfriends/partners of superheroes. There's plenty of anger expressed by six women who were relied on then quickly and easily forgotten by their distinctly unheroic superhero partners. The women are interesting people, who, because of their association with superheroes, come to abrupt ends that the superheroes use to propel themselves into bigger and more ridiculous confrontations, all the whil [...]



    10. Review from Tenacious Reader: tenaciousreader/2017/0I love the concept of this book which gives voice to those sidelined females in comic books. It creates fleshed out characters that have motivations and thoughts and intriguing stories all their own. It shows they are something more than just a footnote in the story of a super hero.And this book is all that, which is wonderful. However, this is going to be a hard one for me to review. When it comes down to it, while I love the concept and the g [...]


    11. This was very good. It’s inexcusable that it took 8 days to read as it is only 147 pages long (and its illustrated). My excuse is that I have the world’s shortest attention span and it is Christmas. I loved these stories. The rage in them fairly dances off the page. It also sparkles with humour and the final image of our heroines sitting in a bar listening to a Gargoyle band is beyond awesome. Catherynne Valente is such an amazing writer I am completely in awe of her.


    12. As usual, Valente makes it all look so easyIn this short story collection, six women share the stories of how involvement with superheroes and supervillains led to their deaths or downfalls. Ignore that part of the blurb that tells you to expect an entirely new universe, because although some details are different, the protagonists are blatantly based on DC/Marvel women. You've got:--A Gwen Stacy, whose science experiment gave her boyfriend his powers--A Jean Grey, who pops in and out of the aft [...]


    13. The Refrigerator Monologues was a birthday present from my wonderful husband, along with a Funko figure of Louise from Bob's Burgers. I have an affinity for small angry ids in character form. I don't let anger out very often in my real life, so roleplaying games and identification with angry women/girls is pretty much where it makes its place in my life. So, in as far as that is concerned, this was a particularly good pairing, because The Refrigerator Monologues is both angry and heartbreaking.N [...]


    14. The nitty-gritty: A powerful collection of loosely tied together stories of the women who fell in love with superheroes—and died because of it.I never wanted children. Let’s get that straight up top. All I ever wanted to do was to drink beer, play my horn, and ride mutant armadillos till the end of the world. But you don’t get to hit those high notes when you’re Queen of something. Hard to scream-sing fuck the man authority is deathpuke anarchy in Atlantis when your mom is, like, the ent [...]


    15. I have mixed feelings about this. I understand why it was written, and I love that she wrote it. The stylishness was undeniable. But I feel like it needed so much more. For instance, Bayou's story was absolutely heartbreaking, and read like the outline of a larger story, one I wish I could read. A couple of the stories had to be so speeded up, to fit the monologue style, that I found them more confusing than tragic. The one story that really worked for me was Polly's. I am absolutely horrified b [...]


    16. The moment this book referred to Batman as a "leatherjock emo fuckmuppet" I laughed so hard I died. When it put Jean Gray into an abusive relationship with a villain named Retcon, my corpse cried itself back to life. If you are a ladyperson who reads comics, you need this.


    17. So, this was a DNF for me. This is a hard read. There isn't anything to alleviate the darkness of being used and dismissed/forgotten over and over again.It's wonderful that the women had a voice but the end-game stayed the same, regardless.


    18. ”I belong in the refrigerator. Because the truth is, I’m just food for a superhero. He’ll eat up my death and get the energy he needs to become a legend.”These are the stories of the dead: women’s voices of the Marvel/DC universe forever silenced, because after all, it was never their story. Until now.The Jean Grey story hit me the hardest.”I was used and tricked and thrown away, but I cannot be forgiven. It’s a funny thing. You go your whole life thinking you’re the protagonist, [...]




    19. "I belong in the refrigerator. Because the truth is, I'm just food for a superhero. He'll eat up my death and get the energy he needs to become a legend."My first book by Catherynne M. Valente had me crying my eyes out on a train at midnight. It had me writing down gutpunching quote after quote, write my girlfriends that they had to read this awesome and horrible book, and add the rest of Valentes books to my TBR. The writing and characters just refused to let me go. 'The Refrigerator Monologues [...]


    20. If you’re not into comics, you might not know about the trope of “women in refrigerators”, recognised by Gail Simone. Basically, it involves female characters who are killed off to further a male hero’s story — like Alexandra DeWitt, who is literally shoved in a refrigerator to die for the manpain of Green Lantern. Catherynne Valente takes a bunch of those stories and lets the women speak for themselves. If you like working it out, don’t worry; I won’t spoil which women are include [...]


    21. ORIGINALLY POSTED: bibliomantics/2017/09/11/The Vagina Monologues meets the world of comic books in this series of interlocked short stories narrated from the afterlife. Told from the perspective of women who have been fridged to further the plot of their male counterparts, The Refrigerator Monologues retells the stories of famous comic book females like Gwen Stacy, Jean Grey, Harley Quinn and the literal woman in the fridge: Alexandre DeWitt. Dedicated to Gail Simone, the woman who coined the t [...]



    22. Valente sharpened her lush and fanciful prose to a hard point and stabbed it through all the way through this book. It's vicious and perfect and exactly what I needed.


    23. "I belong in the refrigerator. Because the truth is, I'm just food for a superhero. He'll eat up my death and get the energy he needs to become a legend."SO MUCH SAD TRUTH IN THIS ONE.I love how this is a collection of stories that are all connected, each coming with its own comic-style illustration. Great way to simply, yet powerfully show the sad truth of how women are often just tools to further a man's story. Lots of angry women telling their story, each one reminding me of a very specific c [...]


    24. I'm on the verge of tears. Nothing in this book is okay but everything is wonderful. I love it to death.The Refrigerator Monologues chronicles the stories of the six members of the Hell Hath Club: a group of superheroes, supervillains, and superheroes' girlfriends who were killed off or fridged to further male characters' stories.From the depths of Deadtown they gather in the Lethe Café to share what happened to them. How they died. What they died for. How they were pushed aside for male charac [...]


    25. Dying was the biggest thing that ever happened to me. I’m famous for it. If you know the name Paige Embry, you know that Paige Embry died. She died at night. She died stupidly. She died for no reason. She fell off a bridge like a suicide leap and nobody caught her. She dropped into the water, her spine snapped, and the last things she probably saw was those astonishing lights in the sky, the lights of Doctor Nocturne’s infernal machine igniting every piece of metal in the city, turning skysc [...]


    26. I sped through Catherynne Valentine’s The Refrigerator Monologues faster than I’d planned. It’s a collection of high-speed stories about the women whose lives are ‘refrigerated’ to progress the storyline of the superhero. Batgirl is paralyzed. Gwen Stacy dies. The femme fatale sticks around just long enough to be useful, and then the real villain, the male villain, betrays her. We’ve all read those stories, but from the perspective of the men. We’ve never gotten to hear them from t [...]


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