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16 July 2010 @ 12:26 am
I BELIEVE IN LONELY DAYS  
[random subject is random]

ROUND UP!!



Beautiful and artistic PICSPAMS by [livejournal.com profile] wednesdaydreams

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

DISNEY CASTING: ROYALTIES

DISNEY CASTING: VILLAINS

8 REASONS TO WATCH 'A SINGLE MAN'

&&& another one by [livejournal.com profile] fullof_grace

50 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT SKINS
This is utterly amazing and captures so many things I loved about the four seasons of the series too. I can identify with them so much. How broken we all are and yet how beautiful.

I know I have already spammed you with enough links about racebending and the plea not to see the Avatar: The Last Airbender film - which I have definitely decided not to watch now (under any circumstances, that I would not pay for the film was clear from the start), not even for Dev Patel, who is great - but [livejournal.com profile] ssj10's recent post about the topic really made me cry. She conveyed her feelings so beautifully and outlined the horrible situation equally well. Please take a few minutes to read THESE ARE MY COLOURS, think and then judge for yourself.
[Please read this, even if you are not interested in the cartoon Avatar at all, read this essay, which is about so much more than racebending. It is about how minorities are presented in the American cultural sphere or rather how they are not represented.]

[personal profile] bookshop wrote a post about THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY ERASING RACE FROM THEIR COVERS. I never consciously thought about these things, but I want to grow as a person and be someone who notices these things and almost more important who speaks out against those things.
There is a talk ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE SINGLE STORY by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie.

And since the film The Last Airbender's release date was on the 1st of July, there have been many essays and blog posts about the racebending issue again. Here a few of those I read, liked and really want to share:

FACEPAINT by Q. Le on tumblr which made me realise that I was a bit hypocritical by not seeing that Prince of Persia is pretty racefail too, when it comes to not having any Persian actors portraying Persian characters. (But sometimes I just don't think.)

N.K. Jemisin commented on the movie saying IT'S NOT THE SAME STORY.

Film!TLA is not the same story as cartoon!ATLA because the latter was groundbreaking in its treatment of race and culture, and the former reinforces all the old bad paradigms — brown people relegated to background irrelevance, victimhood, or villainy; white people to the rescue at the forefront. This is not just a problem because of Hollywood’s (well, America’s) long history of marginalizing and objectifying people of color, “yellowface”, etc. It’s also problematic because in this case, changing the race of the characters actually changes the story.
 
 
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[gamergirl]
29 May 2010 @ 02:17 pm
TOTAL ROUND UP  
Dear The Big Bang Theory,
Ever since Penny and Leonard became a couple for real, you lost charm and wit.
I'm sorry.
n.

PS:And yeah I can see Penny/Sheldon because theirs is the most interesting relationship on the show. Take this!
(Sometimes Sheldon is so cute I want to eat him. And sometimes he's so unnerving I could kill him. I seem to be into that kind of characters a lot these days, concerning my love for Christopher Chant or Tony Stark. Both insufferable prats. ♥!)

Grey's Anatomy
I have been rambling on twitter about GA, so if you want quotes and more specific mini-rants go there. Only a some short facts about my lovelies.

Meredith Love her. Always have, always will. (I love that they focus on other characters a lot these days, but I want some interesting shit to happen to Meredith again soon.)
Christina Same here, but I hate Hunt and I hate her and Hunt together.
Callie & Arizona THE WORST HAPPENED. THE FUCKING WORST AND I WAS SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY FOR THEM...

I am currently looking through the answers of Read it's blogroll where s/he asked for 10 books that are a must read and I'm finding the answers quite interesting. I also really like that a lot of people put in Lycidas by Christoph Marzi. I haven't finished the series yet, but I quite like his style. Sometimes it's a bit too much, but I very much like his ideas and characters. And also how he puts things :)

[personal profile] bookshop wrote about Cult of Awesomeness surrounding decent males in our society not long ago. (You can see that since I added her, I am reading all of her meta.) And even though I knew some of the examples she gives before, reading the entry itself and the articles she links to makes me sick and despise all humanity.
But only in a way, because I know there are lots of great people out there too. Like [personal profile] bookshop herself, many people from [community profile] metafandom and last but not at all least YOU and YOU.

This kinda made me gag and I really want to read the articles bookshop linked to.

A lighthearted and funny attempt on a similar topic by Felicia Day (and another reason to be totally awed by her ;D)

The last Bones episode I have seen was called "THE WITCH IN THE WARDROBE". I adore the show, I really really do. The show is hilarious, does not take itself too seriesly (;D) and has so much charm and lots of ♥!

I WANT MY FAVOURITE COUPLE IN The Good Wife TO BE 'FOR REAL' ;^; (1x20)

Iron-Man-Double-Feature: [5th of May]
(Minor Spoilers, but not really for the plot)
There is not much to say about Iron Man except that it was awesome, but you know that already, right? Iron Man 2 is a different topic, sadly. First of all it was not a bad movie. There were some plotlines I enjoyed and some I didn't. Tony was sometimes very awesome and sometimes so very annoying, but overall I liked him very much. And Robert Downey Jr. is just so easy on the eyes that you it's virtually impossible todislike him for extended periods of time ;D
I didn't like the 'replacement actor' of Rhodey nor did I like his storyline very much. Hammer was annoying and downright stupid, but I laughed about him a lot. He was needed for the storyline with Vanko, but I think it was a bit too much and they could have done that a lot better and without Hammer. I loved Vanko's accent and laughed a lot. (And even though the plot was not that thick, thrilling or new, I liked Mickey Rourke as Vanko.) Scarlett Johannson was easy on the eyes, but they could have given her a bit more depth. Her role was small and her fighting was impressive but still unimpressive. Too constructed. (She was only able to take on one guy at a time and that in such an artistic manner that it seemed more constructed than creative.) Pepper Potts was the ever-worrying hero girlfriend we were used to. She too could have gotten a bit more depth, but it didn't hurt that she hadn't because we've known here from the first movie...
Overall I liked Iron Man 2 but it is NOWHERE near as great as the first movie.
A small gimmick that I loved but didn't recognize in the movie was Captain America's shield. At the time I knew it was something important and funny from some Marvel hero (and that Shield agents surprised: Do you know what that is? was pretty much a strong hint and the scene was pretty funny.), but I didn't recognize it until I had a look the wikipedia entry on Captain America today. What I also liked and look forward to is the little trailer they put at the end of the credits showing a digging site, where a hammer is found. Again I could not place the hammer (except that yeah, it was something that belonged to some Marvel hero) but after looking it up I know it to be Thor's hammer. I also know now that Kenneth Brannagh is directing a Thor movie at the moment and that there are in fact comics about a superhero named Thor. I am intrigued and I guess I'll download those comics after seeing the movie at the latest ;D
Oh and the Iron Man 2 soundtrack was really great, but that didn't come as a surprise since the first one was already really good.


Dev Patel as Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender


Looks great!
I don't know if I am going to watch the movie. The 'racefail' is pretty awful on the one hand and on the other - and this is not about politics and rather selfish and superficial - I just don't think I will like it as much as like the cartoon. I won't say it can't be a good movie, but at the moment I just don't feel like watching it. Furthermore the more I think about it the more I come to the conclusion that I don't want to pay anything for a movie that ignores the fact that - shock! gasp! OMFG! - there are no white kids in Avatar, so I guess I won't watch it regardless of how good it might be despite the 'racebending'. So I guess I won't watch it...
Anyway th picture above greeted me today when I went to look something up at IMDB and I liked it very, very much :D

And because I am not eloquent and also not that well-versed on the topic I'll link you to CHAOSBUNNY'S THE LAST AIRBENDER BOYCOTT VIDEO. (Side note: OMG HOW OLD IS SHE?! I am jealous, because I am not half as eloquent and mature, - wow - as she is but surely a houndred years older.)

SNEAKY MISTER ANTHONY HAS ACTUALLY WRITTEN ANOTHER BOOK USING A PEN NAME!! ISN'T IT GRAND? Well maybe this is an old hat for you, but I am certainly very excited and will try to get my hands on it soon. (Which will be in ten years, because the unread books on m shelf are staring at me accusingly and I would like to read some books from there before aquiring new ones...) Maybe I'll buy it anyway. It certainly falls under the same category as the Sook: Need it because it's the Sook/Chrestomanci/..../Mark Anthony.
I definitely need a reading list for bookblogs and... oh yeah some interesting bookblogs to read ;D

And to show you my newest musical obsession (obtained through yet another great Grey's Anatomy episode, the show has a way with music ♥):



I've been listening to it since three hours or so, that song is pure addiction!

&&& my other musical obssession (I blame you, Y!)

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bgm: Robyn - Dancehall Queen
status: accomplished
 
 
[gamergirl]
06 May 2010 @ 03:27 pm
THE BIG BAD INTERNET AND THE EVEN BIGGER AND BADDER FANS AND WRITERS OF FANFICTION  
(via [livejournal.com profile] dragonaph and [personal profile] lian.)

Diana Gabaldon ranted about fanficton in her blog and the fandom couldn't help but respond. And sometimes in a most awesome ways, like [personal profile] bookshop did saying she's done explaining to people why fanfic is okay.
I can understand people not liking fanfiction, especially about their own characters. T. for examples does not like it, saying that she mixes up canon and fanon too easily and that she wants to read only what the original author wrote about their characters. I can understand that, but I don't share T's oponion because I myself have always been someone who reads a lot of things into various texts. And therefore it was a real revelation for me when I discovered that I was not alone. (And began to read fanfictions like crazy. I haven't stopped until now and I don't think I ever will.)
Anyway, the discussion brought some interesting insights, at least to me who is fairly new to all the meta stuff, and especially [personal profile] bookshop had some interesting points to raise.

Fans are most amazing and I would be flattered that people write about characters I invented. I might not read fanfiction about my own works, but I'd surely encourage it. (I am sure that it would be most amazing to see the pairings people come up with and how I would laugh about them, because in my head it my head character A and character B do not work together at all... ;D Or I might gain new insights into my own world and the ambiguity of some ideas, I was not able to see on my own.)

Fine, no problem... but surely you can accept that not everyone is like you, and that being different from you is not necessarily the same as being *wrong*?

The Internet in a Nutshell ;D
Oh the wonders of wank ♥!! (from here.)
 
 
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[gamergirl]
18 February 2010 @ 07:39 pm
TODAY'S ROUND UP  
METAFANDOM
A rant about slash, subtext metatext an solidarty by [personal profile] eumelia.

"I know you care for him as much as I do": about homoerotic subtext and slash and what it might mean for the heteronormative world if their heroes turned out to be gay. by [personal profile] bookshop.

Somehow I was reminded of the gorgeous article Your Friends Are Not Watching the Same Show You Are (And That's Okay). I also think that what [personal profile] resa answered to my question "Are there books/games/comics/... you don't want a movie adaptation of?":

Some future movie will probably prove me wrong some day, but right now I think there is none because I draw a clear line between books and movie adaptions thereof. Both media have advantages and disadvantages and if a movie adaption can use the advantages of being a movie well, chances are pretty high that I'll like it - even if it's completely different from the original book.

"Original"... Remember what I told you about translation in this guest lecture I heard last week (about the Human Rights)? If you see it like that, a book is nothing else than the realization of an idea in somebody's head; he has an idea and puts it, that is, translates it into a work of art. Funny thing to talk about "the original book" in the strictest sense then, right? It begins as an abstract idea and I would argue that's what we as readers or movie watchers translate it back to when we read or watch it.

And if I get a different kind of idea when I translate a movie adaption than from the book? It doesn't destroy the idea I got from the book first. I might not like it as much or even not at all, but I think translation, might it be text translation, from one language to another; might it be cultural translation, from one custom of one culture to another; or the translation from one medium to another - we need it, now more than ever. Even if it totally fails, because that's what makes us aware of the process. And that's important, right?


STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN NARNIA
NARNIA! NARNIA! I forgot that 2010 is the year of the Dawn Treader movie. Anyway, I would like Caspian without a beard better but Edmund looks positively cute. Oh no, I am fairly sure my obsession with Skandar Keynes will start all over again this year...

IMDb says that I will have to wait until December to watch the movie, but... I CAN'T WAIT!
 
 
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