On the one hand, yes, I sorta see what's being got at here:
Yet there is a further curiosity here. This summer’s female-friendship movies do not just share a theme and a gender but a genre, too. They are all comedies. Could it be that this is another reason women’s stories can be taken less seriously? Cinema has long prized drama over everything else. The lighter something appears, the easier it is to dismiss.but on the other hand I am also going, depending upon what you mean by comedies, they have a certain amount of staying power, and the screwball comedies of a bygone era still hold up pretty well (to mention a genre in which women played a prominent part: the romantic weepies, not so much, but the noir, yes, those too), and wottabaht Jane Austen, and so on, and comedy is actually difficult (says Tonstant Weader who has recently given up, sighing deeply, on a supposedly humorous sff satire/parody/pastiche as a) trying too hard and b) going for the obvious targets).
Dept of, I think there's subtext here, or am I being Old and Cynical in think this is all about the wanting to shag other people:
My girlfriend and I decided we would travel the world together for a year. The problem is that I’m having second thoughts about whether to go with her. Bearing in mind that we are both 25 years old and have been seeing each other exclusively for 10 years, I feel there may be more to experience going separately than together. Do you think I should bury this scepticism and go ahead with plans knowing that this may reveal future resentment in our relationship, or do we go our separate ways in hopes of living our desired futures?
From my tablet while en famille, which between the little touch keyboard and the really annoying autocomplete (which nearly posted as 'incomplete') is somewhat maddening.
There were breakfast rolls yesterday (basic buttermilk 3:1 strong white and coarse cornmeal).
?No 3W4DW this year or have I missed some announcement? (Though given what I started with doing this last year...)
Meanwhile, the BBC and Netflix are going to co-produce a four part miniseries version of Watership Down, with James MacAvoy voicing Hazel, Nicholas Hoult Fiver (so, someone in the casting department really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past, huh?), John Boyega Bigwig and Ben Kingsley General Woundwort. This article also lists Olivia Colman as Strawberry. (A genderbent Strawberry I can see, but you can't change the gender of too many other rabbits without a major plot point/motivation needing to change, i.e. the reason why the rabbits go to Efrafra.)
Fannish life is gooood right now, I tell you....
Chapter One Chapter Two , Chapter Three , Chapter Four of Between Past and Present Tense , Willow/Oz by punch_kicker15.
Chapter Nineteen of Melting Fire by freecat15.
btvs_fans re-watches "Welcome to the Hellmouth" .
the_moonmoth lists her least favorite ship .
Mind you, that is written by someone who hasn't visited Charing Cross Road very recently, as in, several decades, because you will no longer find numerous secondhand bookshops there.
Also, as I have remarked many times before, Not All Books are yet electronic.
Though on the curious contemporary fetishisation of reading, see all those self-help articles on how good it is for you - my most recent larf-I-fair-lay-on-the-ground moment was seeing an exhortation to read SIX books a year - and about bibliotherapy.
Read because it's fun. Flaunt your tatty and even embarrassingly covered paperbacks. Get your nose into a book.
In the past week he had both Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston on. ( Read more... )
Lastly, if you've ever been inspired to climb Hiddleston like a tree, apparently this wee leopard cub decided to do just that.
2) Color me surprised -- I've started (slowly) going through my old meta and putting tidied versions up at AO3. I was amazed to find a notice in my email this morning of 5 kudos. Given their age and a general disinterest in meta, I really wasn't expecting anyone to see them (but I do want all of them in one easily found place).
3) I think this makes at least four fiction books about fanfic writers that I know of. Not its own genre yet but I'll bet it gets there someday.
4) Are they serious? First weddings, then proms and children's birthday parties -- it seems there's nothing free from this sort of commercialism and escalation when it comes to costs and personal competitiveness. My niece argued with me that a child's elaborate 1st birthday party made sense because it was the parents' celebration that they'd weathered a difficult time together. It seems to me that's what their anniversary is for.
5) This discussion of American Psycho as seen by Wall Streeters reminded me of an "On Point" segment last week. The guy who said it was a critique of capitalism came close but I thought he was still a bit off the mark. ( Read more... )
Speaking of On Point and being an American psycho, they were discussing Trump this morning and one supporter called in saying "This is a mean world, and we need a mean president." I guess that does explain a lot about why he's succeeding among Republicans. Apparently she felt the dog-eat-dog verse is upon us since 9/11 happened, though how Trump is supposed to be a solution for this, you've got me.
I'm not saying that 'outsider' necessarily = 'woman artist' but have we not seen this sort of thing before, my dearios?
If a woman in a creative field wants recognition, she should either die young and tragically (or at least have a tragic story, e.g. having one's nearest and dearest put one into a lunatic asylum) -
Or else she has to struggle on for decades of no recognition (if no worse) while continuing to pursue her artistic vision -
And I wonder, does the final recognition have to do with the male peers who excluded or marginalised her dropping off the perch?
Run This Town , BtVS/SPN crossover by verucasalt123.
Chapter Nine of I Would Still Have Loved You by slaymesoftly.
lims_btvs is looking for sign-ups .
Spike/Buffy banners created for seasonal_spuffy by comlodge.
btvs_fans will be starting a weekly re-watch of the series .
EW lists Buffy Summers as No. 3 on their "25 Greatest (and 5 Worst) Superheroes : We count down the best versions of beloved (sometimes) caped crusaders – and name-check a quintet of super-zeroes". "As quick with a quip as she is with a stake, the wonder of Whedon's vamp vanquisher, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is that she's both super and human. Put it this way, how many heroes have a distinctive, relatable enough personality to make a night in the library appealing? Of course, that's without mentioning her protection against a never-ending parade of Hellmouth horrors. With Buffy, that's merely a friendship perk — not the point".
DenOfGeek salutes The Zeppo .
What I read
The bio of Phyllis Bottome, v good, thorough, etc - how many of the women writers of the period had marriages/long-term relationships with men who were troubled in some way, and in which they were for at least substantial periods the main or only bread-winner. Lots of intersections with other interests of mine - inc a current research interest that came on me by surprise - among which, her husband was an Adlerian psychotherapist practising in St Ives among the artist colony (understandably but alack, his casenotes are closed for some while yet).
Several shortish things: a short novel by Mary Ann Mohanraj, The Stars Change (2013), which I've had in my e-library awhile - very good - reminded me of the sf of my youth, only with more and more various sex. Two new novellas by Barbara Hambly, Castle of Horror (sequel to Bride of the Rat God), and Death on the Moon - Rose solves a murder while Benjamin January is out of town. Also I discovered that there was a third part in her Anne Steelyard: The Garden of Emptiness series of graphic novels (2011) and managed to find a copy. J D Robb, Wonderment in Death (2015).
Also someone recc'd a new series by Courtney Milan, the Worth Saga, and after reading the first one - Once Upon a Marquess (2015) I am rather thwarted to discover that there is only one novella of the planned sequels actually available. Chiz to the max.
On the go
The various things that already were. The Child Guidance book has perhaps reached a period which is of less interest to me, though in terms of impact of things I probably do need to finish it. The Mass Observation book is perfectly okay, but it's just not telling me the things I want to know - it's more about the founders of the project and their relations with one another and what they thought they were doing etc, and what I am interested in are the people who signed up to be volunteer observers and diarists. Maybe it will get there in the end?
Generally speaking: the Russos did a great job serving their huge ensemble. Should this have been called Avengers III rather than Captain America? Probably. Not because Steve doesn't get enough screen time, I hasten to add, but not only is it an ensemble movie, but several key characters' motivations are dependent on Age of Ultron, and arguably the character who does the dramatic heavy lifting this time (i.e. who gets the moral dilemmas and the difficult choices to make) is Tony Stark, not Steve Rogers. Steve makes up his mind early on and doesn't change it throughout, which is in character, but means the movie did need a co-lead for whom this isn't the case.
( On to spoilery details: )
ALL THE SADS!