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General Fandom

Why horror remakes almost never get it right: Hazel Cills (blog) - "It seems no matter the era or the success of the original film, studios are moved to repackage any familiar horror title, with lukewarm results. And once these films leave theaters, they’re rarely spoken of again."

Why Are so Many Fictional Utopias as Terrifying as Dystopias?: Moze Halperin (blog) - "The below-the-surface tyranny of "utopias" — insomuch as they’re often small and rural — is also in some ways more direct than in urban, bureaucratic dystopias."
topic:utopias, topic:dystopias

No matter what Tomorrowland says, the future has always looked bleak on film: Tasha Robinson (blog) - "The habit of channeling social anxieties as entertainment, or of using the future as an all-purpose bogeyman to drive drama and fear, isn’t a recent historical change."
topic:movies, topic:history

Why So Serious?: Kim O’Connor (blog) - "The notion that lowly fandom distracts us from meaningful political engagement is not new, but it seems to me it’s been gaining traction lately, particularly among nerds."
topic:fandom, topic:politics, topic:socialjustice

Out of Continuity: Superhero Time, the Eternal Recurrence, and the Forking Path: Kristian Williams (blog) - "In the end the status quo is reestablished and even the characters themselves remain unaltered. In the perfect case, the cycle will repeat a week later, with no acknowledgment (and seemingly, no memory) of what had occurred before. And it will go on that way indefinitely — episode after episode, in perpetual stasis, with no connection between them and so no development."
topic:superheroes, topic:comics, topic:television, topic:continuity

In Plain Sight: On the Authenticity of Queer Characters: Alenka Figa (blog) - "With this in mind, I’d like to propose a checklist. Like the Bechdel Test, this checklist would allow us to further discuss moments like Bobby’s coming out, and analyze their validity."
topic:lgbt, topic:queer, topic:representation

Again. And again. And again…: brulyon-188-204309 (forum) - "We viewers live in "eternity" and we look down on Marty and Rust and every fictional character in every work of fiction ever written. To us their world is a flat space (the page of a book, a flat plasma screen) or a disc (a DVD, a Blu-ray). And I think we need them as much as they need us, just to exist."
topic:fiction, topic:meta

Not Defined by Size: Positive Representations of Plus-Size Women in Media: Zack Budryk (blog) - "Like a lot of underrepresented groups, it can be a minefield looking for positive fat representation. Even with representations on the positive end of the spectrum (Tracy from the aforementioned Hairspray, Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect), the characters tend to be defined by their size in a way thinner characters aren’t."
topic:bodyimage, topic:representation

fandom and aging: feels-like-fire (tumblr) - "Fandom is for lovers. That’s the only rule for entry, that you WANT to be here. "

Fear: beccaelizabeth (DW) - "I am aware that most writers probably don't sit down and consciously think that homosexuality is evil so they'll put some evil vampire lesbians into the story just to make sure their audience sees what monsters they are."
topic:writing, topic:representation

Characterization Noodles: likeadeuce (DW) - "It's funny because character has always been my starting place when writing fiction, and I sometimes need reminding that this isn't true for everybody. A lot of people tell me they start with plot or theme or setting or. . . other things I don't quite have a grasp on because I always start with character?"
topic:writing, topic:characterization

Specific Fandom

Agents of SHIELD
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: White Man’s Redemption at the Woman of Color’s Expense: MadameAce (blog) - "But while Skye is hardly the only good thing about S.H.I.E.L.D., I feel completely different about her parents. Cal’s and Jiaying’s storylines were interesting and fun to watch at first, but by the time the season ended, S.H.I.E.L.D. did such a poor job with them that I wonder what was going through the writers’ heads."

Yes ‘Aloha’ is Super White, But What’s Up With the Way We’re Talking About It?: Kendra James (blog) - "This is a film set in Hawaii which yes, doesn’t depict the many Asians who live there and alludes to yellow peril, but ultimately is a place that belongs to (and has been stolen from) the Hawaiian people. And yet in our conversations somehow this crucial point seems to be getting subsumed under the shadow of politicized Asian America."
fandom:aloha, topic:race

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Age of Ultron, Part 3: James Daily (blog) - "From a real-world point of view we have one non-human entity destroying another in a fictional foreign country (Sokovia). I have no idea what Sokovia’s legal system is like or whether it would recognize either the Vision or Ultron as legal persons."
fandom:mcu, topic:law

Ep. 57: "Harley and Ivy": The Arkham Sessions (podcast) - "It’s an episode that deals with feminism, sexism, and power differentials, one that allows us to deconstruct the interpersonal relationships between Harley and Ivy, Harley and The Joker, and Batman and the Joker."

Ep. 58: "Shadow of the Bat": The Arkham Sessions (podcast) - "What makes Batgirl’s decision to put on the cape and cowl different than Batman or Robin’s? She’s encountered adversity and loss just like them – but her determination comes from necessity, not vengeance."

Boy Meets World/Girl Meets World
Racialicious (Noir)stalgia: How To Maintain Your Black Identity While Having Three Very White Friends: Kendra James (blog) - "When I claim that Girl Meets World is a good show I fully expect my opinion to be taken with a grain of salt. If you know me at all, then you know how much I love the show’s precursor, Boy Meets World."
fandom:boymeetsworld, fandom:girlmeetsworld, topic:race

22x04 - Introduction + Willow’s Dream: Ms Buffy Buff (blog) - "For this entry, I will be beginning a study on an episode that seems to polarise fans. The episode in question is the season four finale, "Restless". I am going to be focusing on my interpretation of the Willow's dream for this blog post."

Joyce’s death: soul-dwelling-not (tumblr) - "Joyce dying, while not unrealistic, has some aspects that are unfortunate implications about getting rid of the older characters so we can focus on the young characters."

Death Music Vampires Con: historicalfeministmedia (tumblr) - "JOver the course of the show’s progression, the interactions between gender, aesthetics, and the body become increasingly nuance in Buffy, as male bodies are repeatedly symbolically re-gendered, and one- dimensional objectification of the female corpse gives way to more complex visual and auditory portrayals of women’s bodies."

Is S10 Spuffy healthy?: iwanttoseehowitends (tumblr) - "People saying s10 Spuffy is healthy is referring to the fact that for the first time in their long, painful history Buffy and Spike are actually talking about their feelings and what they want before doing something regarding each other."

Parallels between the beginnings of seasons 3 and 6: muchbuffy (tumblr) - "I’m currently doing a rewatch and was floored by how much of it I’d like to consider either parallels or foreshadowing, just from the first 4 episodes of each season. I’ve mentioned parallels here and there before, but this requires its own post."

untitled: drusillathekiller (tumblr) - "Am I the only one who interpreted Drusilla’s obsession with omnicide and ending the world in season two as suicide attempts?"

Willow, bi erasure, lesbophobia, and how she identifies: classprotector (tumblr) - "Willow is gay, most definitely, and we need to respect that, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it."

untitled: buffywoodhouse (tumblr) - "you can’t just point at a lesbian who went through compulsory heterosexuality in high school over 15 years ago and label her bisexual when she’s been out and proud for years."

By the Sword
Heralds of Valdemar Reread: By the Sword, Chapters 11-14: Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the chapters in question.

Chronicles of Narnia
Narnia: Don’t Cry Out (Or You Will Be Hurt): Ana Mardoll (blog) - Deconstruction of chapter 13 of The Silver Chair.
fandom:chroniclesofnarnia, topic:deconstruction

Six Seasons and a Board Game? Community’s Touching (Possible) Goodbye: James Poniewozik (blog) - "Community was always its own best critic. And its own best defender. And its own best analyst, and parodist, and fan-fic writer."

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 41: Alice Arneson (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapter in question.

Daredevil and the Moral Value of Pain: Richard Rosenbaum (blog) - "One thing, though: Netflix’s Disney’s Marvel’s Daredevil isn’t about fear, the way that the comics always were. It’s actually about pain; more precisely, it’s about the meaning of pain and the moral utility of causing others to suffer as well as experiencing suffering oneself."

DC Comics
The Re-Masculation of Cyborg: Andrew Wheeler (blog) - "Cyborg is an emasculated black man. In his New 52 origin story, he lost the entire bottom half of his body, which means that before becoming Cyborg, he was castrated."
fandom:dccomics, topic:race, topic:sexuality

Doctor Who
5 Theist-Associated Themes That Make Doctor Who Successful: Tai Gooden (blog) - "Of course, a slight aversion to anything "religious" is the norm for most science fiction, but even with Doctor Who’s freethinking concepts, many of the overarching themes of the show are closely associated (but not necessarily exclusive) to theism. And, these elements are a huge part of the success of the show."
fandom:doctorwho, topic:religion

Dragon Prince
Rereading Melanie Rawn: Sunrunner’s Fire, Chapters 21 and 22: Judith Tarr (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the chapters in question.

Empire Trilogy
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of Empire, Part 13: Tansy Rayner Roberts (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

Episode 362: L’Entourage, c’est moi: Overthinking It (podcast) - "Ben Adams, Rachel D, Peter Fenzel, Ryan Sheely, and Matt Wrather overthink the film of Entourage, the bro-phobia or fatigue around its cultural reception, the problems of bro-ness, and what luxury means in the age of Uber."

In Entourage’s groin-level politics, balls trump all: Charles Bramesco (blog) - "And yet for all of the obsessive fussing over penises and the vaginas they crave, Entourage is really a story about balls. It’s about the men who own those balls, the measures they take to earn them, and the little contests they set up to determine whose testicles are larger and more powerful."

The Fast and the Furious
some random Fast & Furious thoughts: astolat (DW) - "I got a taste of F&F a few years back when Fast Five came out (I saw this on vacation with cesperanza and it was basically perfect, I have not laughed that hard or that joyfully with movies trying to be comedies ever), enough that I went and saw Furious 7 a few weeks ago, and since then I have caught up with most of the rest of the series."

Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Firefly and Diversity of Belief: Lady Geek Girl (blog) - "Firefly has always been one of my favorite shows despite it being tragically canceled, and I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed the show so much is the wide diversity of belief we see with the cast. It’s rare that shows discuss belief, and it’s even rare that a show does it across a decently broad spectrum."
fandom:firefly, topic:religion

First Law Trilogy
Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy: Last Argument of Kings, Part 16: Justin Landon (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the section in question.

The Flash
We Need To Talk About Iris West: The Problem With Secret Identities: Ardo Omer (blog) - "It’s been more than 75 years since Superman and Lois Lane made their debut in comics and, along with them, the superhero genre; so the trope needs to be reworked. It needs to be pushed beyond its initial set up and address the drawbacks. One drawback is the "for your own protection" excuse that superheroes use to justify their deception."

Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones Discussion, S5E8: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend: Laura Fletcher, Corrin Bennett-Kill, Cheryl Collins (blog) - "Open the gate and join us for a discussion of "Hardhome" with three fans with different perspectives: Laura Fletcher, a casual fan of the television and book series; Corrin Bennett-Kill, a dedicated fan of the book and TV series (she has read all the books four times!); and Cheryl Collins, who does not read."

The Dance of Dragons: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "In many ways this has the same structure as "Hardhome," although Meereen is not as large a part of the episode as Hardhome was - this is an episode that deals with some smaller plots and then does a big endcap scene."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Deconstructed: The Dance of Dragons: Stefan (blog) - "I have to admit, I never had such a hard time keeping my inner book reader at bay as I had in this episode. So many things are changing so fast. It's hard not to cry foul at any given minute and to separate the simply new stuff from the foul ones. On a theoretical level this was always to be expected, and I have myself confidently predicted that this would happen, coddled into a false sense of security by the idea that it would just mean that characters end up in the same locations by different routes. This naive idea died screaming on a pyre this episode."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

The Dance of Dragons Open Thread: Johnny (blog) - Open discussion of the most recent episode.
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Tailgate: Blue Dragon: Johnny (blog) - "Welcome back to our Game of Thrones tailgate! 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."

"Game of Thrones" politics: "What great thing has ever been accomplished without killing or cruelty?": Steven Attewell (blog) - "There’s a reason why GRRM has explicitly stated that Stannis is a righteous man and that Melisandre is the most misunderstood person in the series."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

Review: The Dance of Dragons: ghostlovesinger (blog) - "he result was decidedly mixed. Weiss and Benioff certainly nailed the gut-punch, but that particular nat-20 carries serious implications that, at the very least, deserve discussion."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

A Brief Treatise on the Rules of Thrones 2.03: What is Dead May Never Die: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "In another sense, however, there is a focus to this episode that is lacking in the first two of this season."

Return to Westeros: "The Dance of Dragons" Review: Tsunderin (blog) - "So what do we have in this episode? A bunch of plot events that seem incredibly unimportant, and the one that does—the situation at The Wall—I just don’t give a shit about. But let’s get into it before my distaste drips all over everything."
fandom:gameofthrones, warning:spoilers

H.P. Lovecraft
Friendly Ghouls and Truant Gods: "Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath," Part 2: Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth (blog) - Summary, analysis and discussion of the section in question.

Not Exactly Freudian Dream Interpretation: "Beyond the Wall of Sleep": Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth (blog) - " Summary, analysis and discussion of the story in question.

Il Mostro: Hannibal Season 3 Premiere: Alex Brown (blog) - "The trouble with reviewing the new season of Hannibal is that it makes me want to go back and binge the previous seasons."

Hannibal as Therapist; Hannibal as Transformer: Stokes (blog) - "Third — and this is the thing I really care about — Lecter is a psychiatrist. He doesn’t just murder people, he messes with their heads. This is, again, much creepier… maybe because psychiatry is creepy to begin with."

Hannibal Review 3.01 "Antipasto": Meredith Borders (blog) - "Nothing in this premiere is comfortable, recognizable. Any expectations lingering after the startling finale of last season are left unsettled."
fandom:hannibal, warning:spoilers

Harry Potter
In Support of a Newt of Color: Diversity in the Wizarding World: Marissa Lee (blog) - "But why not a Newt of color? Or at least an opportunity for talented young actors of color to be considered for the role?"
fandom:harrypotter, topic:representation, topic:race

Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 15 and 16: Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the chapters in question.

James Bond
Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating The Man With The Golden Gun: Zina Hutton (blog) - "The Man With The Golden Gun wins for one of the best villains with Christopher Lee’s Francisco Scaramanga, but falls short in many other ways. It’s a good movie, sure – but it has its issues."

J.R.R. Tolkien
Gollum in Moria: Faramir74 (forum) - "Something which has been on my mind for a very long time: how and why was Gollum in Moria? "

Jurassic Park/King Kong
Episode 30: King Kong vs Jurassic Park: The Canon (podcast) - "This week on The Canon we pit the original 1933 King Kong against the 1993 Jurassic Park (slyly timed around the upcoming release of Jurassic World) for dino supremacy."
fandom:jurassicpark, fandom:kingkong

The Last Herald Mage
Throwback Thursdays: The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy: porluciernagas (blog) - "Today’s Throwback Thursday is one that I’m both excited and apprehensive about. Have you ever read a book (or book series) and loved it so much that you never touched it again for fear that it wouldn’t be as magical the second time around? That’s me and this book series."

Legend of Zelda
Art Styles Over the Ages - an Analysis: Mark Olson (blog) - "In this editorial, I’m going to look at how the series has handled its art direction in the past and, in passing, how I think it should do so in the future. Like art itself, the visual design of games is very subjective."
fandom:legendofzelda, topic:art

Mad Max
The Importance of Furiosa’s Name: experimentalmadness (Tumblr) - "In the long list of things that I loved about Mad Max was a particularly subtle detail that almost made the movie for me: Furiosa was named by the Vuvalini."

Why MM:FR Was the Most Tasteful Action Movie I’ve Seen: netherworlde (Tumblr) - List of reasons the author loves the movie.

The feminine desert of Mad Max: Fury Road: Genevieve Valentine (blog) - "These aspects seem disparate at first glance, but they actually draw along a particular vector. Mad Max’s women are part of the tradition of the feminine desert, rather than the masculine."

Mad Max/The Tribe
Mad Max and The Tribe: Who Killed the Patriarchy? Men Who Love in a World Gone Wrong: Claire Napier (blog) - "Post-Apocalyptica is about survival through the worst of life, and survival means nothing without suffering."
fandom:madmax, fandom:thetribe

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Blood Follows, Part One: Amanda Rutter and Bill Capossere (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

The Martian
Asians Get #EmmaStoned (Again) in The Martian: Keith Chow (blog) - "At this point, it’s not even surprising anymore to see Asian American actors erased from the screen and replaced by white actors. And while they’re no longer taping their eyelids — well, not all of the time — the result is the same: one less role for an Asian American actor."
fandom:themartian, topic:whitewashing

Marvel Comics
Not so New, Not so Different: On Red Wolf and Indigenous Representation in the New Marvel: James Leask (blog) - "And in the promo image, Red Wolf is dressed like the most problematic stereotype you have ever seen of an aboriginal person."
fandom:marvelcomics, topic:race, topic:representation

Mass Effect
Sexualized Saturdays: Imposed Gender and Asari: Tsunderin (blog) - "As a culture, the asari are complex and compelling; however, a lot of their biology and presentation leave me wondering if Bioware didn’t know what to do with them outside of a very narrow label."
fandom:masseffect, topic:gender

On Melancholia And The Determinism of Despair: Britt Hayes (blog) - "Lars von Trier's Melancholia is an almost literal portrait of depression - the painterly prologue depicts sequences in severe slow-motion, evoking still life in disquieting micro-movements. Von Trier doesn't hide the end of the world at the end of his narrative, but spoils it intentionally, robbing us of any hope."

Memento (Mori): Memory and Momentum: Siddhant Adlakha (blog) - "The film’s structure is unique, both in how it delivers action as well as exposition. Two timelines, one running forward, one running backward, both meeting in the middle with the film’s ‘final’ scene acting as both a turning point as well as a somewhat surprising ending."

Once Upon a Time
Untitled: the-elusive-ollie (Tumblr) - "In the vein of anxiety/depression, Once Upon a Time’s Rumpelstiltskin sets off quite a few bells (or Belles…okay that one was in poor taste) that lead me to believe he might have one or both."
fandom:onceuponatime, topic:psychology

Orphan Black
Orphan Black Science Recap: "Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate": 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

Outlander Episode 16: To Ransom a Man’s Soul: Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (blog) - Recap of the episode followed by discussion between the bloggers.
fandom:outlander, warning:spoilers, warning:rape

There Is Not a Ton of Sense in Sense8: Margaret Lyons (blog) - "Everything the Wachowskis make must of course be compared to The Matrix, so let's start there: Sense8 is much worse than The Matrix, though maybe it's on par with, oh, The Matrix Reloaded."

Sherlock Holmes
Canon Discussion: The Musgrave Ritual: Sherlock60 (LJ) - Discussion and analysis of The Musgrave Ritual.

A Song of Ice and Fire
Top Character #10 Barriston Selmy: Hierophantasm (blog) - "In ASOIAF, Barristan embodies the stalwart qualities of chivalry with an untarnished moral character."

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Tyrion VIII, ACOK: Steven Attewell (blog) - "Thematically, Tyrion VIII is a study in political advantage in a world of feudal politics; what’s a bit odd is plot-wise it comes in kind of a relatively slow-paced setup chapter whose importance isn’t immediately apparent to the first time reader, and right before the fireworks of the King’s Landing riot and the Battle of Blackwater."

Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Theon III, ACOK: Steven Attewell (blog) - "To me, Theon III is that moment, both for our eponymous point-of-view character and the fortunes of House Stark, as Theon’s departure from Balon’s battleplan leads to the fall of Winterfell and his own downfall."

Spy Is A Commentary On Melissa McCarthy’s Career: Meredith Borders (blog) - "But it's also a movie that understands Melissa McCarthy's career in a way that most of Hollywood does not, and is unafraid to use her to the great breadth of her abilities."

Star Wars
Kay and The Empire Strikes Back on Nerd Lunch: Nerd Lunch (podcast) - "Nerd Lunch‘s Leia has returned to the podcast for another round of Star Wars movie drilldown! And this time I’m joining some of my favorite guys to discuss my favorite Star Wars movie (so far) – The Empire Strikes Back."

The Science of the Training Montage: Eugenia Hu (blog) - "The progress he made on his own contradicts the classical Jedi training model regardless of his pre-existing talent and potential. But this progress can actually be explained by science (and decidedly not by midi-chlorians), and a concept called memory consolidation."

Inside the Star Wars generation gap: Why we still care about Mara Jade: Dunc(blog) - "What Ahsoka is to that generation, Mara Jade was to mine. She was, back in the day – or at least to some of us – just as big a Star Wars figure as Leia. In fact, she was only the second female in the whole franchise to get anywhere near that much development. "

Stargate: SG-1
Untitled: quakerhobbit (Tumblr) - "Honestly, what bothers me about the motherhood thing is less the "motherhood changes everything" part and more the fact that the other characters forced the title of "mother" on Vala despite her protests that she was just an incubator and vessel until she, well, stopped protesting."

Stargate: Universe
Untitled: the-elusive-ollie (Tumblr) - "Here’s what I think about that: Nicholas Rush is totally demisexual."
fandom:stargate, topic:sexuality

Total Recall
Total Recall: Two Brilliant Films For The Price Of One: Evan Saathoff (blog) - "The film can’t really be both at once. So which story are we dealing with? The typical answer for a film with this kind of ambiguity is "it doesn’t matter." But it does matter. Both films are extremely different with different points to make."

Veronica Mars
The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Veronica Mars: Dr Janina Scarlet (blog) - Profile of the main character, including a psychological analysis.
fandom:veronicamars, topic:psychology

Wheel of Time
Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Great Hunt, Part 3: Leigh Butler (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

"The Truth is Out There" with a Reboot of Inspiration: Lindsay Ann (blog) - "Gillian Anderson’s character, Dana Scully, engaged me from the start. Scully was not the average female character, even for the 90s."
fandom:x-files, topic:femalecharacter
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