I was pretty excited to learn this semesters course would be spy themed. I enjoy spy films even with the often problems within the genre, and am excited to explore that genre in more detail. I have always enjoyed spy films both in the Martini Flavor or Stale Beer Flavor as the article on spy fiction subdivided them. I enjoyed that approach to figuring out the variety of different types of spy fiction within the overarching genre. To me it also broadened the idea of the spy in terms of the different types of characters for a spy.
Growing up we watched a fair amount of spy films in my house. Particularly my dad used to watch the James Bond films and the Jason Borne ones. When I was a kid I also went to the Spy Museum in Washington D.C. which at the time I thought was the coolest museum. The idea of ordinary spies living among us hidden in everyday life to me seemed extra cool. (I was also convinced that I would be able to tell who was a spy.) The idea of the glamorous spy always seemed alluring in fiction but preposterous in reality, while the idea of a hidden blended in spy reminded me of historic real spies. Particularly the idea of American women and their roles as spies in the Revolutionary and Civil wars were topics I enjoyed reading.
While I enjoy films in the spy genre I also did have a problem reconciling the edgy action with the way women are often depicted in particularly the films. (The standard issue people tend to ascribe to the James Bond franchise.) I have not read many spy books and my only real familiarity at the moment is with popular films so I do not know to what extent that issue carries throughout the genre. I am excited to explore deeper in the genre and figure out how different subcategories interpret the idea of a spy.