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Yet More Random Thoughts and Updates!

I don't know what it is about this year except that I feel constantly busy and constantly behind. So, in no particular order:

* I got to go see Welcome to Night Vale live, which was awesome. CECIL HAS SUCH A DEEP MELLIFLUOUS VOICE AND SUCH A TEENY LITTLE MAN BODY. Just, wow.

* I mainlined Jessica Jones. I HAVE SO MANY FEELS YOU GUYS. Like, I feel like Joss Whedon probably watched it crying because that's exactly the sort of story he would have liked to write if Marvel hadn't made him stick to dudes and 'splosions. But aside from that 1) I love the MCU's themes of recovery narratives in general and here especially. 2) I love that David Tennant basically uses so much of his charm and wit that we've come to recognize as Whovian and then make it EVIEEEEEEL. 3) No one else has posted about this, but I really love how Rosenberg uses Will Simpson to break down "the nice guy." Like, how many times does he say he's a nice guy, how many times does Trish describe him as a nice guy, right up until the point he is fucking blowing the brains out of cops. (also: Jessica NEVER calls him a nice guy. In fact, she slaps him around and reminds him that as a cop he's supposed to protect and serve.) But anyway Simpson and Kilgrave are like the dual aspects of patriarchy--there's the obvious evil and then the just-under-the-surface evil. Just awesome. Ye gods I hope she gets a second season.

* CRIMSON PEAK. So many people on the SFF listservs have been like "Imma use this next time I teach the gothic nove" and yes, YES! I love how the use of books and writing and media, MEDIA! (I shrieked when Edith found the box of wax cylinders) interplays with the telling of the story. Also, yet another example of a powerful female protagonist and a platonic bestie. Gods bless you, Charlie Hunnam.

* Things I have done of late: I submitted applications for a BSA fellowship to spend some quality time going through Stationers' company records,and an Emerging Scholar prize because why the hell not. Also, I sent in the edits for my Maleficent essay and for my Mako Mori essay, both of which should be forthcoming next year, and which I got lovely comments from the editors on.

Uh. I feel like there's probably other things to mention, but--I forget what? So. There's me.



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Nov. 28th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
*beams at you* I need to watch Jessica Jones yesterday.
Nov. 28th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)

It is triggery as fuck, but I appreciate that 1) They don't show the rapes, 2) Jessica makes it absofuckinglutely clear that is what happened, IT IS AN ACTUAL CONVERSATION that goes "You raped me." "It wasn't 'rape.'" "RAPE IS THE WORD IT HAPPENED AND YOU DID IT YOU ASSHOLE."

Just, yes. I was working on my Maleficent essay this week and it's like that and Jessica Jones are fucking game-changers in how we perceive this type of story and narrative.
Nov. 28th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
OMG CRIMSON PEAK. That movie was soooo beautiful. I was in heaven with all the gorgeous visuals, and the icing on the cake was Edith, who was so adorably geeky and strong. I LOVED IT OK. (Even though it wasn't scary at all.)
Nov. 30th, 2015 02:21 am (UTC)
I HAVE SO MANY FEELS!!!!!! And I really, really wish there was a book version (there's a media tie-in, but still) because now I totally want an awesome feminist gothic romance to cuddle down with!!
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