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The best thoughts that 2am has to offer:

High winds here, which means that the only one getting any sleep in the house is Rey. (Rey is our new puppy we adopted a month ago.) Bilbo has been going nuts so I've decided to camp out with him in our interior bathroom where the whistling isn't noticeable. The alert expires at 5am. Yep, I'll be productive later today.

Anyway, have I mentioned I've become obsessed with Hamilton? Because I am. I even went and got a copy of the big fat biography of him the musical is based on, which is a lot of fun to read because it's clear how closely Lin-Manuel Miranda was working with it as he wrote. I'm really tempted to just start striking out the actual chapter titles and writing the song titles in instead. I basically just finished "Right-Hand Man" and am at the start of "A Winter's Ball."

A random thought I have had on the subject: I think I kind of consider Hamilton as a historical AU because of how it re-envisions history and race (through 1) purposefully casting POC for the Founding Fathers and 2) given that the only main white character is King George, it kind of re-situates the history of America, Britain, and "freedom"). I'm wondering if people have thoughts on that? I'm also thinking of a piece from io9 ages ago arguing that Sherlock counts as SF because of how it was essentially presenting science and scientific methods years before they were adopted in forensics, as kind of a source of comparison in how something can be SFF but also, not be. So yeah, thoughts?

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browngirl
Feb. 19th, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)
I agree on both classifications. For SF and Sherlock: I always referred to one of my favorite shows, NUMB3RS, as SF because of how it uses math, the foundation of science.

And as for Hamilton.... like the recent _Annie_, it uses brown and black people to depict the social position of its characters -- they were then where we are now. (Part of the reason for casting King George with a White actor.)

Also, HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW! *sings along with every bit of _Hamilton_ where I'm not crying*
caitri
Feb. 19th, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC)
I love that you understand my brain! <3

I was having this discussion with another friend, whose opinion was that race wasn't necessarily in the text, and I pointed out it kind of ~was~ just because the casting call specified that actors had to be proficient in rap and hip-hop, and that frankly that generally meant POC. Which is to say, technically you ~could~ have a white person play Lafayette, you just wouldn't be able to find many who actually would be able to!!
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