Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (February 29, 2008)

 
 

CINDERELLA GETS HER GIRL
A little over six years ago, I began to write the novel I’d always wanted to read: a retelling of "Cinderella." Yes, because despite my dry and sometimes sarcastic wit, I am at heart a big ol’ mushy romantic.

So I’m especially pleased to announce that my novel, Ash, will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the fall of 2009. And this time, Cinderella (her name is Ash in my book) doesn’t pick the prince. That’s right, it’s a lesbian Cinderella!

Ash is a young adult novel, but that doesn’t mean it’s only for "young adults"; I’m hoping that adults of many ages will also enjoy the tale that I’m retelling. And don’t worry: It’s no Disney version. Sure, there’s a fairy, but he’s not what you expect. And who’s the lucky Prince(ss) Charming? Well, she’s no princess.

The reason that my book isn’t coming out until fall 2009 is that there is still some editing to do, and it just takes a lot longer to print actual books than to post articles on a website. I’ll be blogging about the process on my website, so drop by there if you’re interested in finding out what’s going on with Ash, as well as my next book (Little, Brown offered me a two-book deal).

More details of the deal will be announced in the March 10 issue of Publishers Weekly. Woohoo!

JENNIFER BEALS IS CLEARLY SMARTER THAN BETTE
Last Monday, Jennifer Beals dropped by CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and in the midst of a lot of giggling (on her part) and drooling (on his part), Beals revealed that she didn’t like Bette’s adulterous story line with Tina on The L Word this season.

"I don’t really care for that," she told Ferguson. "I went to Ilene Chaiken … and I said, ‘Has my character not learned anything? Have I not learned anything in the last five years?’

Watch the video here:

Apparently even the actors on The L Word sometimes don’t understand their characters’ motivations.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
AfterEllen.com reader mollykins alerted us to this new interview with Tegan and Sara in the Guardian.

In this article, gay producer Craig Zadan talks about African-American lesbian playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote A Raisin in the Sun, which was recently adapted for television.

Chriselle Almeida, who plays Kiran in When Kiran Met Karen, recently talked to Desi Club about her lesbian role.

Tello Films, a website that features lesbian videos, recently launched.

Yesterday night’s episode of Eli Stone (ABC) featured another pregnant lesbian story line, this time combined with a custody battle (thanks to

NorthernStar for the tip).

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at afterellentips@gmail.com. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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