One thing we’re constantly told as female filmgoers is that women are not an audience and this is used as an excuse to disregard the fact that actually, yeah, we are. Twitter’s trending topics frequently reveal the ways in which a critical mass of female fans can get something trending; Justin Bieber’s massive fan base is a constantly derided example of this, where his various tweenage fans can get the most inane things trending at the drop of the hat due to the fact that there are just so goddamned many of them.
My point is: within about an hour of the news of Nora Ephron’s passing being confirmed, she and her big three films were trending on Twitter, which I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest is not due to the impressive efforts of male film fans (although I’m sure many are contributing). Ladies have it tough in Hollywood, especially lady directors, and it’s sad when someone who has been successful in this arena shuffles off this mortal coil.
As a side note, so many of my and my sisters’ regular day-to-day quotes are from When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail. I was trying to decide on a favourite but am now just doing a Twitter quote spam while Audrey and I both watching When Harry Met Sally at the same time in our own apartments. (Seriously, we independently decided to watch it and I’m only two minutes ahead of her.)