“I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul. In my degradation I have not been so degraded but that the sight of you with your father, and of this home made such a home by you, has stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me. Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward, that I thought were silent for ever. I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.”—
So I said this on twitter, but I thought I should repeat it here.
The Internet seems to have exploded because of “The Casual Vacancy”, J.K. Rowling’s new “adult” book. From a quick glance, it seems that everyone is comparing it somehow to Potter, and that at least 50% of the readers are unhappy with it.
I don’t know if I should read this book, but I admire Rowling for deciding to write something completely different from her previous works, instead of milking that cash cow dry.
I mean, how many authors continued “finished” series or stretched an existing trilogy because they “still had a lot of stories to tell”? Christopher Paolini and Becca Fitzpatrick both turned their trilogies into four book cycles. Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter books are a whooping 12 with the newest trilogy, not to mention countless snippets posted online. Robert Jordan didn’t even get to finish his “Wheel of Time” books, and that’s a sad, sad thing indeed.
Shouldn’t we be happy that Harry and his friends had their ending, all nice and wrapped with a bow? Or would you rather be like some fans of George R. R. Martin, who think his only purpose in life is to write the next book in “A Song of Ice and Fire”?
She wanted to take hulk with her to school today, and she was so happy that i took her pic. she loves avengers, she watched the movie multiple times, and she always asks me for their action figures, especially from Black widow…
Damn it, kiddo, it’s not your fault your teacher’s an idiot!
This is the worst - when an authority figure goes out of her way to enforce the status quo. When an authority figure people TRUST to create a SAFE environment goes and does nothing to maintain it.
A few years ago, I was dating a girl who was decidedly not nerd curious. She tolerated my geeky interests with a certain bemused air but definitely didn’t participate in ‘em… not even setting foot inside a comic store on new comic day. She’d wait outside until I was done… which could be a while, since I was friends with several of the staff.
She came in the store exactly once, after I’d explained that no, it’s a pretty friendly place… well lit, spacious, organized and with helpful – and clearly identified – staff members who were willing to bend over backwards to make sure their customers were satisfied.
She was in there for less than 4 minutes before one mouth-breathing troglodyte began alternately staring at her boobs – evidently hoping that x-ray vision could develop spontaneously – and berating her for daring to comment on the skimpy nature of the costumes – in this case, Lady Death and Witchblade. She fled the premises, never to return.
When both the manager and I explained to him in no uncertain terms as to what he did wrong he shrugged his shoulders. “Hey, I was just trying to help you guys! She couldn’t understand that chicks can be tough and sexy! Not my fault she’s a chauvinist,” he said.
And that was when I shot him, your honor.
So with that example in mind, let’s talk about a subject I’ve touched on before: Male Privilege and how it applies to geeks and – more importantly – geek girls.
So, in addition to my Monday deconstruction, it seems like I really, really, really have a need to talk about the youtube adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, also known as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. And, here’s a warning, if you’re a fan, you may not agree with the Things I Have to Say.
Now that we got that disclaimer out of the way, let’s continue.
Okay, so Kristen Stewart cheats on her boyfriend, who she is not married to, not engaged to, has no real legal bond to, and her career suffers. This is not the first movie she has been rumored to be dropped from. (I think it might be the third) People have talked about how this might hurt Breaking Dawn. How people will harass her at premieres or public appearances. Pretty much, the cheating scandal has made her such a liability that it might be a really long time before producers are willing to cast her in anything.
Meanwhile, Chris Brown physically assaults his girlfriend. There are pictures of what he did to Rihanna. There is a detailed police report saying exactly what he did. And has his career suffered at all? His most recent albums have only gotten more and more popular, he won a Grammy, he was invited to perform at the Grammys, and he still has a huge fan base, mostly female, disturbingly enough.
Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen physically assaults his wife, again, with detailed police reports. He makes anti-Semetic remarks about his boss. He goes on a bender that is captured by every major news outlet. And it’s all a joke. He trademarks all the crazy shit he says and makes money off the merchandise. He not only gets a new TV show, but it is the highest rated show on FX.
i won’t link to the full review of our show the other night, or even name the publication (if you care, google), because i don’t want to give the writer the satsifaction of the hits. but can i talk for a moment about how incredibly much this pisses me off? thanks, i will….
So the other week I came across this post by nerdfighterfighter on “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”, which has been… well, sobering, to say the least. I consider myself a fan of the book and Jane Austen in general, but I never really understood what it was about. But when I read this… yeah, I kind of had a duh moment:
P&P was largely a critique about women’s position in society.
The Darcy in a wet shirt thing really must have distracted me.
Armed with this new point of view, though, it seems to me that Lizzie Bennet isn’t such an admirable heroine. At least not for the reasons people usually point out. As for her newest incarnation… well, let’s find out if she fits her shoes, shall we?
If you don’t remember Sophie M. Herold, she is a German girl who is extremely homophobic and transphobic. She has found out LGBTQ persons names, addresses, personal info etc. and set up her own database.
My original intent for this article was to write a thoughtful analysis of the craziness that was Chick-Fil-A appreciation day. But nope. You will get none of that from me. Because I am frustrated, very frustrated, with how this all went down.
This has been a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. I’m an absolutely die-hard fan of Sailor Moon, and part of that is because it served as my childhood introduction to feminism. That might be a little bit hard to believe, considering the superheroines of the show are known for outfits not much more revealing than Wonder Woman’s. Silly outfits aside (you get used to them), this show was absolutely groundbreaking. Its protagonists are 10 realistically flawed, individual and talented teenage girls (and women) who, oh, you know. Save the world.
Hello, and welcome to the pilot episode of my new series, Writing Myths From a Reader’s Point of View.
Now, for the purposes of this post, I will be using examples from Garth Nix’s book, Sabriel, so there might be minor spoilers. If you haven’t read the book, and you don’t want to even read the slightest bit about it first, this may not be the post for you.
“The best advice on writing was given to me by my first editor, Michael Korda, of Simon and Schuster, while writing my first book. “Finish your first draft and then we’ll talk,” he said. It took me a long time to realize how good the advice was. Even if you write it wrong, write and finish your first draft. Only then, when you have a flawed whole, do you know what you have to fix.”—Dominick Dunne (via amandaonwriting)
For those of you wondering what’s happened with Ahiru’s deconstruction, fear not, it’s coming up soon. But before I do that, I have a new announcement. Because tumblr seems oddly fascinated by my picking stuff apart, I give you this new brain-bender series.
From a Reader’s POV: Writing Myths
I’m an avid reader and an aspiring writer. I don’t think I could be the latter without the former - there are books out there that have done amazing things for me. I’ve also read a few books on writing, and noticed a few writing myths that don’t necessarily work for me as a reader.
You now what they are.
Don’t write prologues. Don’t have your protagonist look into a mirror. Don’t start with your protagonist’s childhood. All this stuff is Pointless.
Not necessarily. I think the reason why people are told not to do this and that is because this element or plot device is easy to fuck up.
So I’m going to write a few posts, detailing one or two of those don’ts, pointing out examples of when they are done right, and trying to figure out what is it that makes them work for me as a reader, and what doesn’t.
I’ll air the “pilot episode”, of sorts, soon enough.
When I do book signings, most of my line is made up of young girls with their mothers, teen girls alone, and mother friend groups. But there’s usually at least one boy with a stack of my books. This boy is anywhere from 8-19, he’s carrying a worn stack of the Books of Bayern, and he’s excited and…
Those of you following me from Goodreads might know I occasionally moonlight as a book reviewer. I must say, for the two years I’ve been part of the site, it’s been a wonderful ride, and I’ve met many, many wonderful people there. Unfortunately, the drama that’s been happening on and off since the beginning of the year has left a rather sour taste in my mouth, so much so that what was once a pleasant hobby has turned into a stressful experience.
It is times like this that I like to remind myself why is it important to think, and why critical thinking is one of the essential features of a good writer (to me).
Allow me to clarify - when I say critical thinking, I mean it in the academic sense of the word, which is not to take something at face value. The most famous example of critical thinking is the denouncing of the expression “the sun rises” - while widely used, it is incorrect because it implies the sun doing the movement, when in actuality, daybreak is the result of the Earth’s rotation.