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General Fandom

Capes and The Divine In Jack Kirby’s Costume Design: Ziah Grace (blog) - "Kirby, it seems, saw capes as a symbol of divinity and worship."
fandom:marvelcomics, fandom:dccomics, fandom:comics, topic:costumes

When Superhero Movie Storylines Fall Apart: Mark Harrison (blog) - "But what of the truly confusing exposition dumps? Even if you're au fait with the source material, sometimes a comic book movie can straight up make you go "... eh?" This is our look at the areas in which superhero storytelling can fall down."
topic:movies, topic:superheroes, topic:continuity

Five Tips To Finding A Beta Reader: Jenny Cee (blog) - "However, the big question, especially for those without fannish friends willing to beta their fics is: where can I quickly find a beta? Well pull up a chair, because this post is for you!"
topic:fanfic, topic:betareading

Mine!: The Problem with Fan "Ownership" of Videogames: Kristin Bezio (blog) - "There are those fans (and, by the way, the exchange above did not sway into this territory) who come to feel that they really do own content by virtue of their fandom."
fandom:gaming, topic:videogames

Episode 361: The Golden Age of Television is Over: Overthinking It (podcast) - "Ben Adams, Ryan Sheely, and Matt Wrather overthink the demise of the Golden Age of television, discussing shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Bloodline."

Hollywood’s Strange Erasure of Asian Characters: Jenn (blog) - "Where forced to present characters whose comic book counterparts are people of colour, the studios have invoked race-bending as a narrative sleight of hand to distract from the regressive origins of many of their more Orientalist characters."

"Fandom in/as Contact Zone": tea-and-liminality (blog) - "But what’s critical to keep in mind, I think, when talking about fandom as community – and something that a return to Anderson’s idea brings into relief – is that Anderson was originally talking about how nationalism happens (the full title of the book, in fact, is Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism). And – think about it. Camaraderie, friendship, loyalty, shared values, a sense of being in something together – people literally kill for that stuff."

Sexualized Saturdays: On Sexual Capital and Corrective Lenses, or The Spectacle of Spectacles: polyglotpisces (blog) - "To reach the highest tier of the upper echelons of hotness, the glasses simply must go."
topic:sex, topic:transformation

Fiction Pet Peeves: Lazy Genderbends:chordatesrock (DW) - "This applies more to prose than to art, by the way. In art, changing the visual design is already interesting."
topic:writing, topic:genderbend

Specific Fandom

Agents of SHIELD
End of TV season check in 1: Agents of SHIELD: jedi_of_urth (LJ) - "I don’t know if I was disappointed with the end, or if I was disappointed with a lot of the choices through the season. I definitely don’t feel like we went out on a high note the way I...kind of did last season (I didn’t care for the s1 finale itself but it had built up enough good will leading up to then that I was still calling going out on a pretty high note), but I also don’t feel like the season was let down by the finale, it just didn’t have much to live up to."

Aloha Review: You Say Aloha, I Say Goodbye: Devin Faraci (blog) - "Which is why it hurts so very much when he fails so very hard. And he fails catastrophically with Aloha."

Review: Cameron Crowe’s Aloha Not As Feel-Good As It Wants To Be: Lesley Coffin (blog) - "Watching this film that so desperately wants to have feel-good vibes, you sense he is building the film around the response he wants, which doesn’t make the movie feel organic."

Aloha Is the Jupiter Ascending Of the Art House Set: Rebecca Pahle (blog) - "I want to sit down with Cameron Crowe and ask him what the fuck movie he was making, because I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure if he knows."

The Avengers’ Black Widow Has a Smurfette Problem: Spencer Kornhaber (journal) - "Natasha Romanov is the lone female in a group of powerful men. This doesn't mean she's sleeping with them."
fandom:mcu, topic:femalecharacter

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 7:beccaelizabeth (DW) - "This was sort of disappointing. When Carol was added to the team I thought she'd be as well as the other female characters we'd met, not instead of. But no, on this disc, we have Jan and Carol, with Amora on the bad guys side."

Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Volume 8 The Finale:beccaelizabeth (DW) - "Needs More Women. Epically needs more women. It has a couple of different episodes where it calls in new Avengers or calls in 'everyone' and we still only get a couple seconds of Black Widow and Quake in the background"

Babylon 5
B5rewatch: Born to the Purple: jedi_of_urth (LJ) - "I’m going to say that in a lot of ways even more than with Soul Hunter, I don’t know how to watch this one without it being about later events for me. Yes with SH I’m influenced by what I knew about Delenn by the time I saw it, but this one is so much harder to separate from future events, at least for me."

Beyond Good & Evil
Jade for Beauty: Feminist Frequency’s Positive Female Characters in Video Games - Jade (Beyond Good & Evil): Kristin (blog) - Critique of Anita Sarkeesian’s second installment of Positive Female Characters in Video Games.
fandom:gaming, topic:femalecharacter, topic:criticism

Why There’s No Such Thing as an Historically-Accurate Movie, part 3: aelarsen (blog) - "The question we should always be asking instead is "why is this film being inaccurate about some things and not others?" This question asks us to analyze a film, the intentions of the screenwriter and the director, and the overall message the film is offering to the viewers."
fandom:braveheart, topic:history, topic:adaptations, topic:movies

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rewatch: School Hard: unclenintendos (tumblr) - "If the servants of the Master have been religious, now we have the rebellious teenagers, one of whom looks like Billy Idol. "

untitled: clarkegriffout (tumblr) - Comparison of the similarities and differences in the relationships between Buffy and Faith vs. Buffy and Spike.

By the Sword
By the Sword, Chapters 1-5: The Ride: Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapters in question.

By the Sword, Chapters 6-10: The Tower: Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapters in question.

Words of Radiance Reread, Chapter 40: Alice Arneson (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of chapter 40.

Do the Right Thing
The Canon Episode 29: Do the Right Thing: Devin Faraci (podcast) - "It's one of my favorite movies and, as I say on the show, I believe it to be one of the top three American films of all time."

Meta-Crap: Noah Berlatsky (blog) - "Anyway, what’s interesting to me in the first few episodes is how they work as self-parody of television writ large."
fandom:dollhouse, fandom:josswhedon

Dragon Prince
Rereading Melanie Rawn: Sunrunner’s Fire, Chapters 19 and 20: Judith Tarr (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapters in question.

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 21 and 22: Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapters in question.

Empire Trilogy
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of Empire, Part 11: Tansy Raynor Roberts (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the section in question.

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of Empire, Part 12: Tansy Raynor Roberts (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the section in question.

Ex Machina
Ex Machina Has a Serious Fembot Problem: Angela Watercutter (blog) - "In a way, Garland is right; pure intelligence wouldn’t have a gender any more than it would have a race. But to say that and then place that consciousness into a body that it will immediately recognize its likeness as female negates that point."

First Law Trilogy
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy: Last Argument of Kings, "Sweet Victory" and "Rude Awakenings": Justin Landon (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapters in question.

Game of Thrones
Hardhome: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "The telling moment actually comes in the little "Inside Game of Thrones" thing they do at the end of the episode, where Benioff and Weiss pat themselves on the back for how Hardhome isn't in the books. That's true, and the episode is built to milk it, with the looming realization that there's a big action sequence coming played as an almost decadently long moment of dread."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Deconstructed: Hardhome: Stefan (blog) - "That being said, I'm more excited about Game of Thrones than ever, not necessarily because of its overall quality, but simply because there's no way to tell anymore what will happen next, and I haven't felt the natural excitement of, you know, not knowing, since A Dance with Dragons came out way back in 2011."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Hardhome: Open Thread: Johnny (blog) - Open discussion of the episode.
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Tailgate, Down Home Punch: Johnny (blog) - "Here we collect the best headlines from the past week, preview the next episode, and provide a fresh thread to chat in while we await the next episode."

Rape on Game of Thrones: Sparky (blog) - "The writers of Game of Thrones argue that rape is the historical result of war (a contention I don’t disagree with) however, this is not how rape has been employed in the series to date."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:rape

Return to Westeros: Hardhome: mikelywhiplash (blog) - "Oh, somehow, we’re nearly fifty episodes into a show where a zombie apocalypse feels like a huge relief after weeks and weeks of sexual violence."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Holy Shit, Last Night’s Game of Thrones: Devin Faraci (blog) - "The HBO show reached an all new peak of awesome this week."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

"Game of Thrones" politics: When alliances aren’t about friendship - they’re about survival: Steven Attewell (blog) - "Keen-eyed observers have noted that Game of Thrones Season 5 has been thematically pairing Jon Snow with Daenerys Targaryen, two rulers struggling with how to make peace in a particularly nasty world. In "Hardhome," both of these leaders make strides in their project (or at least come to a better understanding of that project) by being made to come to terms with cold reality."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Episode Review: "Hardhome": Theresa DeLucci (blog) - "After last week’s dramatic meetings and departures (and boobs, always boobs) Game of Thrones brings its all-new plot developments Beyond the Wall, where Jon goes on a diplomatic mission even stupider than Jaime’s in Dorne, but at least contains exciting things like White Walkers and jerky Thenns and my pretend soul mate Dolorous Edd."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

A Brief Treatise on the Rules of Thrones 2.02: The Night Lands: Philip Sandifer (blog) - ""The Night Lands" suggests a shadow realm - something that exists just outside what might be called the board or the realm of play. And in a season defined in part by the gradual and inevitable resurgence of magic, this has non-trivial significance."

Review: Hardhome: ghostlovesinger (blog) - ""Hardhome" was amazing; half an hour of excellent character acting followed by one of the most resonant and gut-wrenching sequences David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have ever produced."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

H.P. Lovecraft
Lovecraftian Dream Logic: "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" Part 1: Anne M. Pillsworth and Ruthanna Emrys (blog) - Discussion of the first part of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.

The Three Stigmata of Hannibal Lecter: John Perich (blog) - "By denying us the opportunity to witness these characters behaving commonly, Hannibal makes its characters transcendent, more archetypes than mortals."

Harry Potter
The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 13 and 14: Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the chapters in question.

Harry Potter Reread Chapter 1.1: alasse_irena (DW) - Discussion of the first part of the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

James Bond
Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating Live and Let Die: Zina Hutton (blog) - "For the most part, I was prepared to have a very unhappy reaction towards Live And Let Die, and at least I can say that I got what I expected."

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: "How is Lady Pole?": Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - "The second episode of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell introduces much of the core narrative, drawing together all the elements that will propel the story forward."

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: "The Education of a Magician": Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - "This week’s episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is concerned with the appropriate use of magic, the affects of war, and importance of silence and speaking amongst many other things."
fandom:jonathanstrangeandmrnorrell, warning:spoilers, topic:adaptations

Mad Max
Mad Max and Homer’s Odyssey: earlhamclassics (blog) - "I’ve been thinking about Mad Max: Fury Road quite a bit, and in doing so came to the sudden realization that the film seems to purposefully evoke a scene from Homer’s Odyssey before systematically breaking all of the expectations that very scene is supposed to evoke."

Disability in the Dystopian Future of Mad Max: Kat Overland (blog) - "That’s the way disability is normally retained in our dystopian futures — as a way to signify evil, a darkness about a character. And while Mad Max: Fury Road still falls into this trope, the entire franchise is one that has managed to include disabled characters as active participants in the world of the ravaged future."
fandom:madmax, topic:disability

’Mad Max’: How Men’s Rights Activists Killed the World: Arthur Chu (blog) - "It’s a franchise about toxic masculinity, and how all of us—including the "good guys"—are infected by it, and how there’s no hope unless we can someday build a world without it, which might mean building a world without ourselves."

Untitled: plain-flavoured-english (Tumblr) - "Am so pleased you loved Mad Max: Fury Road! I would love to hear your thoughts on how the female characters are portrayed compared with in Avengers: Age of Ultron."

The Clan of the Boltcutter: joycesully (Tumblr) - "In a world of outlandish vehicles, practical prosthetics, and that damn guitar, the humble boltcutter may be the most powerfully symbolic object in Mad Max: Fury Road."

’Mad Max: Fury Road’ is not steampunk - it’s dieselpunk: Aja Romano (blog) - "But these are only minor pieces of Mad Max's fuller universe of chains, steel, vintage cars, "guzzoline," and decay: Fury Road isn't steampunk; it's dieselpunk."

Fury Road and Agency: Brigid Keely (blog) - "But one thing I noticed was how many of the marginalized characters had agency, made their own decisions, controlled their own lives."

Max Mad and being non-verbal: recessional (DW) - "So the thing about that is - which I haven't talked about because How Dare One Talk So Much About The Male Character In This Wonderful Female Centric Movie - that Max and his total non-verbal clusterfuck is as important to me as Furiosa and Angharad."
fandom:madmax, topic:language, topic:disability

Orphan Black
Orphan Black: "Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate" Review: porluciernagas (blog) - "That title sure puts you on edge for this episode, doesn’t it? Well, it was a good warning, because this episode was one of the most suspenseful ones to date."
fandom:orphanblack, warning:spoilers

Orphan Black Science Recap: "Certain Agony of the Battlefield": Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth (blog) - "Welcome to our Orphan Black science recaps, where Casey, a graduate student in genetics and developmental biology, and Nina, a professional science communicator, examine the science in each episode of OB and talk you through it in (mostly) easy-to-digest terms."
fandom:orphanblack, topic:science, warning:spoilers

Everything Outlander Got Right in Its Inaugural Season: Carly Lane (blog) - "Sometimes, in order to tell a story on the screen, little tweaks are needed. But the people behind Outlander have made every effort to keep the show as true to text as possible."
fandom:outlander, topic:adaptations

This House is Boring: Poltergeist 2015 Reviewed: Ginnis Tonik (blog) - "Okay, fine, I am being dramatic because the above implies that the movie was horrifically bad, and horrifically bad can be quite good as it often veers into camp territory, but this, this was just…dull, mediocre, and utterly uninspired."
fandom:poltergeist, topic:remakes

Pride & Prejudice

Austen Fans: princessofgeeks (DW) - ""Pride and Prejudice" is not on Netflix in any form, so I'm going to buy it this summer. Which version do I want?"
fandom:janeausten, topic:adaptations

San Andreas
San Andreas Review: Is The Rock At Fault For This Shitty Movie?: Devin Faraci (blog) - "It is possible that San Andreas is the most morally despicable blockbuster ever made."

Review: San Andreas Finally Proves… The Rock Isn’t Always Likable: Lesley Coffin (blog) - "Buildings crumble in slow motion like waterfalls, and you are expected to watch in awe of a tsunami that takes out a major city. But you aren’t supposed to feel for anyone but our main characters… despite just watching tens of thousands of people get killed."

Seismologist screens The Rock’s ‘San Andreas,’ outlines all of its gross inaccuracies: Dr. Lucy Jones (blog featuring tweets) - Dr Jones live tweeted her reactions to the movie, commenting on the science and level of realism.
fandom:sanandreas, topic:science

San Andreas is $5 Wal-Mart Bin Material, The World’s Stupidest Puppy: Rebecca Pahle (blog) - "The paste-eating kid and his snot-colored shit dinosaur is this movie. It set out to tell a stupid, trope-filled story about The Rock rescuing people from earthquakes, and that’s what it did."

Sherlock Holmes
Canon Discussion: The Gloria Scott: sherlock60 (LJ) - "Analysis and discussion of the story in question.

A Song of Ice and Fire
A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons, Part 22: Leigh Butler (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

Top Characters #11 Sansa Stark: Stefan (blog) - "Sansa Stark seems to feel a little bit out of place in the saga because her specific trope has fallen out of style some time ago. She essentially is a little princess, waiting to be rescued by the knight in the shining armor. Most fantasy stories have cast this stereotype aside, but Martin instead makes it front and center."

Religion & Magic: Part 4 - Night’s King (spoilers): History of Westeros (video) - "Apart from Night’s King, topics include kinslaying, the blue eyes of the Others & Wights, Night’s Queen, the Lands of Always Winter, Coldhands, Stannis, Bran, Melisandre, Roose Bolton and Jon Snow."

Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 1 - Aegon IV the Unworthy (spoiler free): History of Westeros (video) - "This episode covers the life of Aegon IV the Unworthy, the man who fathered the Blackfyre Rebellions."

Blackfyre Rebellions: Part 2 - Daeron II the Good (spoiler free): History of Westeros (video) - "Guest Steven Attewell of Race for the Iron Throne joins Aziz in discussing Daeron II, and whether or not he actually deserved to be called "the Good"."

The Heresies of Septon Barth (spoilers): History of Westeros (video) - "A detailed look at the life, times and works of the man who knows the most about the "higher mysteries"."

Star Wars
The Evolutions of Women in the Star Wars Universe: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: Amy Richau (blog) - "How does The Empire Strikes Back compare to A New Hope when it comes to women in the cast? There are still only two women with speaking roles in Empire, but some noticeable changes occur in the way women are portrayed in Episode V. Let’s take a look at where all of the women are (and aren’t) in The Empire Strikes Back."
fandom:starwars, topic:femalecharacter

Picking up the Pieces: awed_from(AO3) - "There wasn’t much to like in the season finale, that’s true. But, well, today I’m feeling like there’s too much mess out there in the so-called real world to be unhappy about television as well, so here goes - a 100% pink and fluffy meta so that I can force myself to like this show enough to keep reading fanfiction about it (because, well, if I don’t finish that bloody Agincourt thing it’s going to haunt me forever)."

What Is The Frequency of Hope? Tomorrowland Never Quite Tells Us: Leah Schnelbach (blog) - "And for anyone complaining that Fury Road had a "thin" plot… well, Tomorrowland’s plot is essentially: Hope is great! We should all have it!"

Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Great Hunt, Part 2: Leigh Butler (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis is the section in question.

Wonder Woman
Is a Feminist Wonder Woman a Defeminized Wonder Woman?: Phillip Smith (blog) - "While, in my argument below, I read Diaz’s work as a compelling intervention, I nonetheless believe that his Wonder Woman creates problems with regard to gender even as she solves others, thereby opening up interesting questions with regard to female superherodom."
fandom:dccomics, topic:feminism, topic:femalecharacter

Hungry for Definitions: xxxHolic’s Addiction to Food: Amanda Vail (blog) - "Food is truly at the heart of xxxHolic. For instance, the passage of time is indicated not only by changing trees and weather, but by what seasonal specialties Kimihiro is cooking."
fandom:manga, topic:food


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