So! My thoughts on Peeta in Hunger Games. because he can be a controversial character. There's no getting around the inequality of the situation: the Games give Peeta the opportunity to not only be alone with Katniss, but play out a romance. While Katniss is forced into playing that role with him. The difference being that she never wanted it.

Yes, it’s a girl’s worst nightmare: forced to play out the fantasy of some guy who’s been silently pining for her for years. Yipes. So I can get why people can just never deal with Peeta, but personally I don't have a problem with him, myself. If you remember he’s 17 and dying. )
sistermagpie: Moon magic (Moon)
( Apr. 7th, 2012 12:07 pm)
I saw The Hunger Games last night and thought it was...okay. In general I thought the beginning part was stronger, before they got to the games. After that there were a number of things that didn't seem to translate so well on screen. Sticking in my thoughts under the cut, both on the books and the movies. Spoilers for the movie, and possibly for all three books. I did enjoy them all. )
At some point I need to do a post round up of the three plays I saw in something like a week and a half—and all really good!

Before I get to that, I had one of those things this week when a couple of things seemed to happen that commented on something I was reading and thinking myself. And it's very much related to fandom things.

I'll start with last week's Community, which as you've probably heard (hopefully not entirely from Community fans that annoy you!) is being put on hiatus. There were a bunch of comments about last week's episode, in which the Dean tried to make a commercial for Greendale college, with Abed also making a documentary about the process because, as Abed and Luis Guzman both agree Hearts of Darkness (the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now) is much better than Apocalypse Now. The ep has naturally spawned really interesting meta about the process of having stories and how the stories create reality, because they are a way for people to explain their experience of something via emotion.

I was particularly eager to think about that because of a book I've been reading, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Perhaps you already know Sybil, because she was a huge cultural phenomenon in the 1970s. She was the subject of the "nonfiction novel" Sybil by Flora Schreiber, which told the story of Sybil Dorsett, a woman with 16 personalities who was cured via therapy with her brilliant, caring psychiatrist, Cornelia "Connie" Wilbur. The book was huge and later was made into an awesome TV movie with Joanne Woodward (who once herself starred as multiple personality Eve in The Three Faces of Eve) and Sally Field, who until then was known for her goofy sitcoms.

I hadn't realized, since when I read/saw Sybil in high school it was years after either came out, was that Sybil essentially created the modern understanding of multiple personality/dissociative identity disorder, and the idea of repressed memories brought out through therapy. That, of course, eventually peaked in the 90s with thousands of people diagnosed with the disorder (before Sybil it wasn't even in the DSM) without half the symptoms described in the book, and many therapists sued when the memories they recovered turned out to be completely false. Memory, it turns out, doesn't work like a Pensieve. )

I don't if this is interesting at all if you haven't heard of Sybil, but I do recommend the classic TV movie. Apparently it was remade with Jessica Lange at some point and I didn't even know, but it's just not the same if it's not the classic tale of multiple personalities and endlessly weird, torturous child abuse.

The pajamas in this clip got them sued on homophobic grounds!
At some point I need to do a post round up of the three plays I saw in something like a week and a half—and all really good!

Before I get to that, I had one of those things this week when a couple of things seemed to happen that commented on something I was reading and thinking myself. And it's very much related to fandom things.

I'll start with last week's Community, which as you've probably heard (hopefully not entirely from Community fans that annoy you!) is being put on hiatus. There were a bunch of comments about last week's episode, in which the Dean tried to make a commercial for Greendale college, with Abed also making a documentary about the process because, as Abed and Luis Guzman both agree Hearts of Darkness (the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now) is much better than Apocalypse Now. The ep has naturally spawned really interesting meta about the process of having stories and how the stories create reality, because they are a way for people to explain their experience of something via emotion.

I was particularly eager to think about that because of a book I've been reading, Sybil Exposed by Debbie Nathan. Perhaps you already know Sybil, because she was a huge cultural phenomenon in the 1970s. She was the subject of the "nonfiction novel" Sybil by Flora Schreiber, which told the story of Sybil Dorsett, a woman with 16 personalities who was cured via therapy with her brilliant, caring psychiatrist, Cornelia "Connie" Wilbur. The book was huge and later was made into an awesome TV movie with Joanne Woodward (who once herself starred as multiple personality Eve in The Three Faces of Eve) and Sally Field, who until then was known for her goofy sitcoms.

I hadn't realized, since when I read/saw Sybil in high school it was years after either came out, was that Sybil essentially created the modern understanding of multiple personality/dissociative identity disorder, and the idea of repressed memories brought out through therapy. That, of course, eventually peaked in the 90s with thousands of people diagnosed with the disorder (before Sybil it wasn't even in the DSM) without half the symptoms described in the book, and many therapists sued when the memories they recovered turned out to be completely false. Memory, it turns out, doesn't work like a Pensieve. )

I don't if this is interesting at all if you haven't heard of Sybil, but I do recommend the classic TV movie. Apparently it was remade with Jessica Lange at some point and I didn't even know, but it's just not the same if it's not the classic tale of multiple personalities and endlessly weird, torturous child abuse.

The pajamas in this clip got them sued on homophobic grounds!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (At home)
( Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:17 pm)
Thought it was a poltergeist.

My sister lives in Richmond, VA. Lucky she and her two youngest kids are apparently in NYC today on the Circle Line. Who knew?

Hope everybody in the DC area is okay!

p.s. I swear I had ideas for posts during the time lj was down but now I forgot them. I have only one more book to read in ASOIAF and then maybe I can talk about them. I think somebody once asked me what I thought of Cersei...
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:17 pm)
Thought it was a poltergeist.

My sister lives in Richmond, VA. Lucky she and her two youngest kids are apparently in NYC today on the Circle Line. Who knew?

Hope everybody in the DC area is okay!

p.s. I swear I had ideas for posts during the time lj was down but now I forgot them. I have only one more book to read in ASOIAF and then maybe I can talk about them. I think somebody once asked me what I thought of Cersei...
I was having a conversation today about something completely unrelated, and it made me think about first time stories or new relationships vs. old relationships with a lot of baggage. Thinking about it...warning: these thoughts go all over the place and wind up somewhere I did not even expect. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Magpies in the library)
( Feb. 11th, 2010 10:37 pm)
I have written like 4 posts in my head in the last few weeks and none of them made it to my lj. I think it's the weather that I've felt really...I don't know...harassed? But without anyone actually harassing me. Just like a feeling like somebody's on my back when nobody is? I blame Grant Morrison making me constantly anxious about my comics.

In a happier place, though, I just read an epistolary novel, which is one of those formats that when I think of it my first reaction is: no. It may be leftover from having to read Clarissa in college. So they're one of those types of books that I probably avoid and yet I would actually enjoy them. They do have their drawbacks, especially when done in a clunky way. Not only do you have to make it believable that somebody would actually write someone about whatever they're talking about, but you have to fight against a sort of distance you get between the event and the time the person's writing about it.

But when done well, I was thinking recently, the writer probably uses the form to his/her advantage. Does anyone else have any thoughts on that form, or have real favorites from it that are done very well?

Oh, I should probably mention the book I just finished was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which is about a group of really nice people being nice together, and that's always pleasant to read. The main character was a little too perfect for me--there were times I didn't know if I could quite believe the letters, like I said. But otoh I was totally into the story and loved people in it. I was totally thrilled at the happy ending and started crying on the subway reading a sad part.
Tags:
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Blah blah blah blah blah)
( Aug. 9th, 2009 07:35 pm)
Oh my god, this meme ate my entire weekend almost! It's hard! Which I should have known. But I think I finally finished. I'm going to post it before I change my mind on everything.

Top Five Favorite (Not Fanfic) Authors )

Top Five Self-Indulgent-But-Undeniably-Appealing Fanfic Tropes )

Top Five Characters You Ended Up Loving More Than You Thought You Would At First )

Top 5 websites )

Top 5 books )

Top 5 Moments of Glee )

Top 5 Fanfics, The Ones You Read Again And Again )

Top 5 Actors )

Top 5 Songs You Associate With Anything Fannish )

Top 5 Cities You’ve Ever Visited )

Top Five Missing Moments/Scenes/Episodes )

Top Five Horror Stories, Can Be Movies, Books, Etc. )

Top Five Favorite Endings To Books )

Top 5 Villain Archetypes )

Top Five Ideas Or Themes You Find Yourself Concerned With When Interacting With Fannish Works )

Top 5 favorite fictional characters, answer in picture form (either pictures of them, or pictures of something that represents what you like about them; whatever. Pictures!). )

Five best episode endings )

Top 5 Batman stories, Top 5 Robin stories? )

Top five successful adaptations of books to films. )

Top 5 fictional worlds )

Top 5 Fictional Friendships )

Five Top Fannish Meta Pet Peeves )

Topo five things about Dick Grayson/Robin )
sistermagpie: Thieving Magpie (Thief)
( Aug. 9th, 2009 07:35 pm)
Oh my god, this meme ate my entire weekend almost! It's hard! Which I should have known. But I think I finally finished. I'm going to post it before I change my mind on everything.

Top Five Favorite (Not Fanfic) Authors )

Top Five Self-Indulgent-But-Undeniably-Appealing Fanfic Tropes )

Top Five Characters You Ended Up Loving More Than You Thought You Would At First )

Top 5 websites )

Top 5 books )

Top 5 Moments of Glee )

Top 5 Fanfics, The Ones You Read Again And Again )

Top 5 Actors )

Top 5 Songs You Associate With Anything Fannish )

Top 5 Cities You’ve Ever Visited )

Top Five Missing Moments/Scenes/Episodes )

Top Five Horror Stories, Can Be Movies, Books, Etc. )

Top Five Favorite Endings To Books )

Top 5 Villain Archetypes )

Top Five Ideas Or Themes You Find Yourself Concerned With When Interacting With Fannish Works )

Top 5 favorite fictional characters, answer in picture form (either pictures of them, or pictures of something that represents what you like about them; whatever. Pictures!). )

Five best episode endings )

Top 5 Batman stories, Top 5 Robin stories? )

Top five successful adaptations of books to films. )

Top 5 fictional worlds )

Top 5 Fictional Friendships )

Five Top Fannish Meta Pet Peeves )

Topo five things about Dick Grayson/Robin )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two for joy of talking)
( May. 29th, 2009 12:23 pm)
I was reading an entry today about the Bechdel test, that famous test for stories where by you ask if the female characters ever talk to other females, and if so, do they talk about a man? [livejournal.com profile] jlh raises some really good points, though, about how this test really doesn't work when applied to romance, since romance is the plot of the story and everyone is usually talking about it, including the men. In an action movie we're sadly often likely to find men talking about their jobs, their cause and their mortality while having a romance on the side with a female character who doesn't exist outside the romance. But in a romantic comedy you're just as likely to find the male characters discussing romance as the female ones, and since the romance is the main plot it's not that disempowering to be talking about it. In some movies it's all they talk about--men as well as women.

Anyway, people started bringing up TV shows, especially, that do often effortlessly pass the test. Some people felt these shows unfortunately were types they didn't like, like Grey's Anatomy--I've never watched this show, but I assume they basically mean soapy. Others, though, pointed to shows like Bones that feature female characters talking about any number of topics with each other.

So I started thinking about having people recommend their favorite female friendships, or friendships they think were shown to be valid, in fictional shows, books or movies. Anyone want to pimp some of your favorites? I'll throw out three. )
sistermagpie: Sigh. (Monet)
( May. 29th, 2009 12:23 pm)
I was reading an entry today about the Bechdel test, that famous test for stories where by you ask if the female characters ever talk to other females, and if so, do they talk about a man? [personal profile] jlh raises some really good points, though, about how this test really doesn't work when applied to romance, since romance is the plot of the story and everyone is usually talking about it, including the men. In an action movie we're sadly often likely to find men talking about their jobs, their cause and their mortality while having a romance on the side with a female character who doesn't exist outside the romance. But in a romantic comedy you're just as likely to find the male characters discussing romance as the female ones, and since the romance is the main plot it's not that disempowering to be talking about it. In some movies it's all they talk about--men as well as women.

Anyway, people started bringing up TV shows, especially, that do often effortlessly pass the test. Some people felt these shows unfortunately were types they didn't like, like Grey's Anatomy--I've never watched this show, but I assume they basically mean soapy. Others, though, pointed to shows like Bones that feature female characters talking about any number of topics with each other.

So I started thinking about having people recommend their favorite female friendships, or friendships they think were shown to be valid, in fictional shows, books or movies. Anyone want to pimp some of your favorites? I'll throw out three. )
Tags:
A few days ago I twittered: "Sometimes I read a book I hate so much it's something special.”The Time Traveler's Wife" is one of these books." A couple of people who also hated the book asked for more detail and wow, this is more detail. This turned out to be a very long rant. Like, 2,800 words long. If anybody reading this liked the book, I don't think less of you or anything. But I am warning you that if you don't like reading people hate on things you liked, you might want to skip!

Oh, btw, I’m also on Dreamwidth now, but a glitch is making it impossible for me to post comments there yet, so I’m not cross-posting anything yet.

Total spoilers for TTTW inside. )

Phew. And yet after all that I feel like I still didn’t communicate my hate.
Tags:
I haven't written for a while. I think I've had about five posts I almost wrote and then never actually posted.

Hope everyone having a holiday weekend had a good one. [livejournal.com profile] jlh and I went to see Gonzo, which was great--despite the fact that I left the theater COVERED IN BUTTER! (Which I will never stop complaining about.) Then we went to a nice place to eat where we got a nice floor show. A young man apparently out for his first beer picked a fight with a guy at the bar. He was thrown out in the middle of an impassioned speech about the Fourth of July and how we are all the Mets and what else do we really have except that? His friends dragged him out as best they could and the bartender led all of us (an international crowd) in a rousing farewell and good riddance. Yay!

What I've been reading while not posting is Don Quixote, which proves that fandom is always the same. )
.

Profile

sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
sistermagpie

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags