I know the studios’ priorities have changed and sex scenes don’t sell like they used to (”Where’s the Love?”), but you know what sex scenes do? They get you an Oscar. Just ask Halle, Natalie, and Kate. —Shawne Briggs Plano, Tex.
Women in Tights
Thank you for your article about women’s roles in superhero films (Movies). This is something I’ve often noticed and been disappointed by; I hope by calling it out, you’ve encouraged screenwriters, directors, and producers to advocate for better representation of women in these movies! (Especially if a woman gets to be the superhero.) —Monique Van Den Berg Richmond, Calif.
The Attraction of Rules
I loved Dalton Ross’ column ”That Show Is Still on the Air? Really?!” (The Glutton). Just like any other TV lover, I get upset when good shows are canceled way before their time and others live longer than an NYC cockroach. This really hit home with me because in my many rants on the subject I almost always point out According to Jim and Rules of Engagement!MIchele Wehr Butler, Pa.
Not only are people aware that Rules of Engagement is still on the air, but we’re downright thankful. In a sea of high-concept quirk and embarrassing prime-time raunch, it’s refreshingly conventional. Sure, it may be the TV equivalent of comfort food or adult-contemporary pop, but it’s always entertaining and, most important, funny.Ross Raniere Bellmore, N.Y.
Putting Politics Above Art
The notion of fellow writers scrambling to do damage control because of Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card’s personal beliefs is disturbing (News and Notes). I’d probably never read or watch or listen to 85 percent of what I currently do if I had to agree with what the artists creating it espoused. And I for one want to learn, marvel, argue, and be challenged without the muzzle of political correctness.Helen K. Kingman Woburn, Mass.
The Ick Factor
I was delighted to read about Peter Jackson’s pre—Lord of the Rings career (DVD & Streaming). But you didn’t reference his puppet show from hell, Meet the Feebles. It’s a hysterical black comedy whose scenes of drugs, sex, and gore fall on the John Waters/Harmony Korine scale of bad taste. Shane Blaisdell South Portland, Maine
A Salute to Valerie
I recently chatted with Valerie Harper at a book signing for her autobiography. As your tribute noted, she is ”even better in real life than she is on screen.” She was humorous and kind, and asked me questions. One never would have known she was about to tell the world about her cancer battle. Keep your spirits up, Valerie. The world is not through with you yet.— Frank Russo, New Hartford, N.Y.
I caught Ms. Harper in the Broadway production of Looped, where she brilliantly channeled Tallulah Bankhead. Her energy couldn’t be contained by the footlights. —John Holohan, Jeffersonville, PA.
Sansa Stark: Selfish Brat or Hero in Training?
Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner knows that her character isn’t exactly a fan favorite. In fact, she tells EW’s James Hibberd that more than a few GoT lovers have said it right to her face. EW.com readers give their verdict on Joffrey’s young captive.
She constantly chooses the Lannisters over her own family. She whines, complains, and does practically nothing to fend for herself. Yes, she’s in a bad situation and I do feel bad for her, but please stop pretending she’s some strong woman. She’s not. Arya, on the other hand…—skip182
I think Sophie Turner does wonderfully well with the character; it’s just unfortunate for her that the character isn’t particularly likable. She’s immensely frustrating and makes incredibly annoying decisions, and I cannot forgive her for revealing Ned’s plan like an imbecile.—Anj
I like Sansa. She has arguably had the most to deal with in her family. Father killed in front of her. Victimized by Joffrey. Cersei’s interest in her. She lives in a freaking viper’s nest. She’d probably be dead if not for Tyrion. She’s the consummate survivor.—Tamzerian
Sansa was undeniably frustrating in the first season/first book, but the character has grown immensely and I find her journey to be one of the most compelling. She’s not a loud character who trots around Westeros kicking ass and taking names, but she’s resilient and more relatable.—rh1223
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