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Hail to the Chief: Women in power in TV and books

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We need to thank Olivia Pope for more than just her fabulous wardrobe. Since ABC’s Scandal (which features Pope as the lead character) premiered two years ago, major networks have been snatching up dramas and comedies starring strong, politically driven women. This fall’s television season brings us two new promising shows with women in power: Madam Secretary starring Tea Leone, and State of Affairs with Katherine Heigl. Add in Kerry Washington’s Pope and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President on Veep, and the silver screen is bursting with females we’re proud to call role models. To celebrate these strong ladies, here are our four favorite shows starring women in politics, and the books to enhance your viewing experience: Kerry Washington’s Scandal paired with Judy…

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Whatever happened to the romantic comedy?

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When I was a teenager in the late ‘90s, my friends and I devoured romantic comedies the same way we devoured platform sandals and YM magazines. We sped through When Harry Met Sally, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and The Wedding Singer. We cried our way through Sleepless and Seattle and Notting Hill. We couldn’t get enough of the adorable meetings, the quirky love stories, and that last anticipated kiss. But today’s teenagers might not have the same luck. While romantic comedies were alive and well through the early 2000s, lately they seem to be on a steep decline. It used to be almost impossible to turn on your television without seeing an ad for an adorable boy-meets-girl comedy. Let’s…

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Emmy Award style straight out of literature

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The Emmys were Monday night, and sure, there were awards and stuff—but let’s talk about the most important part of the evening: the fashion. Because while some people may have watched the red carpet and seen long trains and artful draping, here at BookTrib all we could see was literature. From the sleek sequins of The Great Gatsby to the 60’s glamor of Valley of the Dolls, it seemed that Hollywood was taking its style cue from iconic novels. Not that we can blame them—books plus fabulous outfits equals a win-win as far as we’re concerned. Here are the best novel-inspired looks from Monday night’s red carpet: Debra Messing—Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West…

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