16 July 2010 @ 12:26 am
[random subject is random]


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





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

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.
status: busy
15 April 2010 @ 10:09 pm
Legend of the Guardians
based on the books Guardians of Ga’Hoole
Beauitful animation! The story does not seem that new, but the protagonists sure are, OWLS! Never had that before and it looks amazing. The voice acting seemed pretty neat too, I liked it very much :) Lookin' forward to that one ♥

RAPUNZEL, uhm sorry it's TANGLED now. (Nice change :D)
Here the first teaser: TANGLED TEASER
It does not reveal... anything much, but I do like Rapunzel's voice and she's going to be the first animated Princess, right? I was a bit sad that this movie is not a 'real' Disney animation like The Princess and the Frog has been, but now I am not so sure anymore. I have seen glorious pictures of backgrounds and now I am looking forward to Tangled, too. (Especially after How To Train Your Dragon blew my mind ♥!)

I made some more but first of all I want t share a feed with you, that I didn't create, the one of the author Neil Gaiman: HERE.

thecartdriver_feed is the feed for http://thecartdriver.com/. Yet another animeblog, I know ;D

brianandrew-feed is the blog a former author of THATanimeblog joined, so I started reading it too :)

kotowari_feed! This definitaly needed a feed ♥

As well as kotaku_feed ♥!

LOOK I HAS delicious ;D ➝ kitsch aus plastik: kitschprinzessin's delicious
135 tags in the following categories:
animanga, art, book, character-centric, comics, game, length, movie&tv, original, pairing, reclist&generaltags & warnings&ratings&more.
I use delicious mostly as a place to 'collect' the fanfictions, artists and authors I like. It's nice to have it all in one place. (Although unfortunately that's not true.)
Of course it serves as a reclist too, since I added only the fanfictions I especially enjoyed.

What I did try out waiting for a friend:

[OMG THEY CHANGED THE OPENING SONG. NEW LYRICS AND NEW SINGER. I guess the translation is better, but I liked the voice of the old singer better. I wonder about "Wind's Nocturne and Luna's in game singing now. ➝ more was on twitter ;D And I guess more will come once I start the game for real, but university is demanding :/]

ETA on Lunar:


Should you want to compare the other song of the game too, HERE IS SILVER STAR STORY'S WIND'S NOCTURNE and HERE IS THE SILVER STAR HARMONY VERSION OF WIND'S NOCTURNE (I haven't listened to the latter, because I want to see and hear it at the appropriate time in the game :D)
Singing along sure brings good memories. I adored this game and it is still one of my favourite 'fairytales' if you want. And of course one of my favourite JRPGs too.

Seen some time ago and the best movie I have seen in ages, most beautiful in every way ♥ ♥ ♥
I loved it from the beginning to the heartbreaking and heartwarming end ♥!
(The first movie where I enjoyed 3D too.)

I was reading From Girl to Woman: American Women's Coming of Age Narratives yesterday for university. As to be expected he author talks about Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, which you may know from the anime series Eine fröhliche Familie (Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari), if you haven't heard the title before. I watched and adored the anime when I was little and even though I did not indentify with Jo at the time (she was too old for me back then), I deeply admired her. She was some kind of role model I guess, even though I did not think of it that way, because I felt more than thought when watching series or reading books. (I stll do that most of the time today...) Anyway, reading Christy Rishoi's short analysis of Little Women deeply disappointed me (➝ the ending of the novel) and now I don't know if I ever want to read the actual book. DAMN.
(But other than that I enjoyed reading From Girl to Woman.)
bgm: Howie Day - Collide
18 February 2010 @ 07:39 pm
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?

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!
status: curious
14 February 2010 @ 12:03 am
(Daddy visited me last Tuesday - because he was in the area ♥ - and we bought Fallout 3 , the newest installment of Prince of Persia and MGS thanks to the Game Stop gift certificate I got from my friends at home. ♥!)

Last Saturday I also received a great birthday gift from my friends around here ♥

Legends of the Final Frontier Collection

It even sounds shiny, right? Ah, I was - still am - so surprised and happy and oh the glory! Perfect present for a geek girl like me. (And haha, now I have the best excuse to force them to watch Star Trek with me, right?)
bgm: 3OH!3 - Starstrukk (Feat Katy Perry)
02 February 2010 @ 12:41 pm

Might watch that movie after all. Seems interesting ;D
status: cheerful