sistermagpie: Sigh. (Monet)
2013-01-02 01:38 pm
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Refusing the Call

The concept, I mean. According to Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth there are these stages the hero passes through as part of that big uber-story where the hero has a thousand faces (and one of them is Luke Skywalker).

I was thinking about this concept this week because I finally saw The Hobbit and really enjoyed it. I've been resenting the fact that they took this small book and blew it up to be possibly even longer than LOTR. I just hate the whole "we're splitting this one book into more than one movie" trend and have since DH. So I wasn't in a rush to see this, but I went with a group of fellow pervy hobbit fanciers, and it turned out to actually draw me in more than I expected. Some of the ways PJ found to add more weight--both in terms of the plot and the emotions--I thought worked pretty well. One moment I really liked was Bilbo's refusal/acceptance of the call.

More on that within... )
sistermagpie: Moon magic (Moon)
2012-04-09 11:32 pm
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That Boy with the Bread

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)
2012-04-07 12:07 pm
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Hunger Games

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. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two more ways of looking at a magpie)
2011-10-14 01:43 pm

Wasn't this movie over months ago?

Why is she still writing about it?

So I had an awesome weekend in Vail at Sirens, which was even better than I expected. I came back all excited about women in fantasy and with a long reading list that should keep me happily busy for weeks or months. (Just finished The Thief.) So don't ask me why I suddenly have something more to say about X-Men: First Class, which I saw months ago. If there's anyone up for meta about it, though, apparently I'm your lj! Though to link it to Sirens, it does touch on that general fantasy topic of a person's powers and personality working together.

What happened was I happened to come across an exchange about the scene on the beach that raised the possibility of Charles actually pushing Raven mentally to leave him, and that then led to many other tl;dr thoughts )
sistermagpie: Thieving Magpie (Thief)
2011-10-14 01:31 pm

Wasn't this movie over months ago?

Why is she still writing about it?

So I had an awesome weekend in Vail at Sirens, which was even better than I expected. I came back all excited about women in fantasy and with a long reading list that should keep me happily busy for weeks or months. (Just finished The Thief.) So don't ask me why I suddenly have something more to say about X-Men: First Class, which I saw months ago. If there's anyone up for meta about it, though, apparently I'm your lj! Though to link it to Sirens, it does touch on that general fantasy topic of a person's powers and personality working together.

What happened was I happened to come across an exchange about the scene on the beach that raised the possibility of Charles actually pushing Raven mentally to leave him, and that then led to many other thoughts )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Dreamy)
2011-09-04 07:21 pm
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Dream Within a Dream

I've been having this ongoing conversation about Inception recently--yeah, I know, a year too late. But it got brought up again! It was the standard convo about whether it's a dream or not, and my position is always: could be. But it got me thinking about the compulsion to have a set narrative for a story that doesn't want to have one. Spoilers inside for Inception and Mulholland Drive. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
2011-09-04 07:21 pm
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Dream Within a Dream

I've been having this ongoing conversation about Inception recently--yeah, I know, a year too late. But it got brought up again! It was the standard convo about whether it's a dream or not, and my position is always: could be. But it got me thinking about the compulsion to have a set narrative for a story that doesn't want to have one. Spoilers inside for Inception and Mulholland Drive. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (1815)
2011-07-05 04:37 pm
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It's the 1950s circa 1978

This is kind of a silly post? But I read something on tumblr about the movie Grease and it was something it seems like I've heard in different forms for a while, and it made me want to spit some things out about that movie. And why shouldn't I write random meta about a movie from 1978 really? So... Grease is the word, but what is it about? )
sistermagpie: WWSMD? (Nun)
2011-07-05 04:35 pm
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It's the 1950s circa 1978

This is kind of a silly post? But I read something on tumblr about the movie Grease and it was something it seems like I've heard in different forms for a while, and it made me want to spit some things out about that movie. And why shouldn't I write random meta about a movie from 1978 really? So... Grease is the word, but what is it about? )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Magpie and Buffalo)
2011-06-24 04:38 pm

Terrorists and Teachers

Sorry, more X-Men thoughts. People keep having cool things to say about the movie, I can't help it! This is partly related to an exchange in my last entry about how we get more of a sense in the movie why people go with Magneto than we do why people stay with Charles, and also related to some comments I've read where people just don't get why anybody would want to stay with Charles at all! It got me thinking about what the two characters seem to grow up to be, which is (as usual) not opposites but two very different things that are both valuable. More tl;dr in here! )
sistermagpie: Moon magic (Moon)
2011-06-24 04:33 pm

Terrorists and Teachers

Sorry, more X-Men thoughts. People keep having cool things to say about the movie, I can't help it! This is partly related to an exchange in my last entry about how we get more of a sense in the movie why people go with Magneto than we do why people stay with Charles, and also related to some comments I've read where people just don't get why anybody would want to stay with Charles at all! It got me thinking about what the two characters seem to grow up to be, which is (as usual) not opposites but two very different things that are both valuable. More tl;dr in here! )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two more ways of looking at a magpie)
2011-06-15 04:59 pm

Charles and Raven

Oh, X Men: First Class, for all your flaws, you are just a goldmine for meta! I've been so enjoying a million conversations, and a lot of perspectives have been covered elsewhere, but there's one element I have seen talked about where nobody mentioned the main factor in my own reading, so here it is. This is about the whole Charles/Raven relationship, and what it's about. Spoilers within—very very tl;dr. )
sistermagpie: Moon magic (Moon)
2011-06-15 12:40 pm

Charles and Raven

Oh, X Men: First Class, for all your flaws, you are just a goldmine for meta! I've been so enjoying a million conversations, and a lot of perspectives have been covered elsewhere, but there's one element I have seen talked about where nobody mentioned the main factor in my own reading, so here it is. This is about the whole Charles/Raven relationship, and what it's about. Spoilers within—very very tl;dr. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Totem)
2011-06-10 11:04 pm

X-Men: First Class

Just saw X-Men and oh my god, how slashy was that movie? I can't even imagine what people must be doing with Charles/Erik. So smart. So tragic! My scattered thoughts under here, some spoilers )

Errr, does anyone have any recs for particularly good Charles/Erik, btw?
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
2011-06-10 11:04 pm
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X-Men: First Class

Just saw X-Men and oh my god, how slashy was that movie? I can't even imagine what people must be doing with Charles/Erik. So smart. So tragic! My scattered thoughts under here, some spoilers )

Errr, does anyone have any recs for particularly good Charles/Erik, btw?
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Straw Man)
2011-04-26 12:06 pm
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In search of the perfect princess

Today I had one of those thoughts that's kind of stating the obvious so there's little need to write it down, but it was in response to many people implying it wasn't true so I'm writing it down. It has to do with female characters. Or rather, the perfect female character. )
sistermagpie: Might as well be in Chinese (Chinese)
2011-04-26 11:09 am
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In search of the perfect princess

Today I had one of those thoughts that's kind of stating the obvious so there's little need to write it down, but it was in response to many people implying it wasn't true so I'm writing it down. It has to do with female characters. Or rather, the perfect female character. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Nevermore)
2011-01-07 05:52 pm
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Parents: The Tastemakers or not

I was talking today about a thing on Pop Culture Happy Hour last week where there was this theory put forth that in order to have cool kids, you ought to not be cool parents. The idea being that cool parents produce dull kids and vice versa, since kids rebel. This is echoed in a Wired piece this week about geeks needing a wider, blander culture to react against or else you don't get creativity.

And I thought a lot of the appeal of these ideas is that it gives you a formula for creativity, a way of ensuring you can be cool, when in fact creativity and talent is often innate, unearned and unfair. Which is not to say that you either get sprinkled with the creativity dust at birth and you’re a prodigy and if you aren't you should just shut up and there's no hope for you and hard work means nothing--could not disagree with that more. I just don't think it's wholly created by your environment, doesn’t always fit in with your personality, at least not in a way that makes it easy. So I started thinking about my own tastes in things and whether I got them from my parents. )

Anyone else have relevant experiences in this area?
sistermagpie: Moon magic (Moon)
2011-01-07 04:21 pm
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Parents: The Tastemakers or not

I was talking today about a thing on Pop Culture Happy Hour last week where there was this theory put forth that in order to have cool kids, you ought to not be cool parents. The idea being that cool parents produce dull kids and vice versa, since kids rebel. This is echoed in a Wired piece this week about geeks needing a wider, blander culture to react against or else you don't get creativity.

And I thought a lot of the appeal of these ideas is that it gives you a formula for creativity, a way of ensuring you can be cool, when in fact creativity and talent is often innate, unearned and unfair. Which is not to say that you either get sprinkled with the creativity dust at birth and you’re a prodigy and if you aren't you should just shut up and there's no hope for you and hard work means nothing--could not disagree with that more. I just don't think it's wholly created by your environment, doesn’t always fit in with your personality, at least not in a way that makes it easy. So I started thinking about my own tastes in things and whether I got them from my parents. )

Anyone else have relevant experiences in this area?
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Le Corbeau)
2010-11-18 12:00 pm
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Supporting Archetypes

I read a post today that got me thinking about the subject...here [livejournal.com profile] jarodrossell refers to a conversation he was having about archetypes. Specifically, characters that can redefine archetypes. The context of the original conversation is regarding African American nerd characters, of whom there aren't that many. The one everyone usually points to is Urkel, and he was on TV in the 90s. [livejournal.com profile] jarodrussell points out Alec Hardison from Leverage as an example, but since Hardison is a supporting character and a member of an ensemble, he doesn't have the power to redefine an archetype like a lead. Which got me thinking about supporting characters in general and how they often outshine the lead--which should not be taken as an argument for white leads.... )