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General Fandom

In Sofia Coppola’s films, music says what characters can’t: Hazel Cills (blog) - "The Virgin Suicides was only the beginning of Coppola’s penchant for dropping a needle on a song to get across a point in lieu of dialogue."
topic:music, topic:movies

Why Science Fiction Must Err on the Side of Diversity: Nanci (blog) - "That includes science fiction which, believe it or not, is a genre greatly affected by the Supreme Court ruling. Because from now on, if you create any sort of Earth-based science fiction set in the near or far future and you don’t include married couples of both the same and opposite sex, you’re doing it wrong."
topic:sciencefiction, topic:lgbt, topic:diversity

The Pregnant Belly: A Narrative Prison for Mother and Child: Wendy Browne (blog) - "Together, the woman and her belly become a plot device with any number of tropes used to show just how inconvenient—but oh so dramatic—that pregnant belly can be."
topic:pregnancy, topic:tropes

Movies Should Be Good: Devin Faraci (blog) - "I think every movie should be ‘good.’ Especially really big, expensive ones that were worked on by thousands of people. And I don’t mean great, or perfect or transcendent or Oscar-worthy. When I say ‘good’ what I really mean is ‘competent.’"

Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies: Matt Singer (blog) - "The only argument I automatically reject on principle is "turn off your brain." If the only way to enjoy something is to turn your brain off, then it probably isn’t very good."

Fic vs Meta: rahirah (DW) - "It occurred to me the other day that although I've written a lot of meta in my day, I can probably count on the fingers of one hand the times I've actually changed someone's mind about something via that route."
topic:meta, topic:fanfic

Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings: Introduction: lunabee34 (DW) - "I don’t think his discussion of trigger warnings in the introduction to the short story collection applies to fanfiction, though."

Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: Religious But Not Spiritual: Lady Saika (blog) - "I mean that different forms of media often use religious figures in their stories without showing any spiritual aspect of said religion. And while I think this happens across faiths, a lot of pagan pantheons get this short shrift more often, probably because the general public doesn’t usually think of Greek or Egyptian or Norse deities as being worshiped in the modern day."
topic:fiction, topic:religion

The Problem with Female Superheroes: Cindi May (journal) - "But new research by Hillary Pennell and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz at the University of Missouri suggests that, at least for women, the influence of superheroes is not always positive. Although women play a variety of roles in the superhero genre, including helpless maiden and powerful heroine, the female characters all tend to be hypersexualized, from their perfect, voluptuous figures to their sexy, revealing attire. Exposure to this, they show, can impact beliefs about gender roles, body esteem, and self-objectification."
topic:superheroes, topic:bodyimage, topic:femalecharacter

Dear Storytellers: Gay Characters Aren’t Going to Show Up ‘Organically’ in Your Stories, You Have to Put Them There: Andrew Wheeler (blog) - "Organic, meaningful and natural. That’s the familiar language of the writer looking for an excuse not to introduce diversity to his (or her; usually his) work. It’s the magical view of storytelling as a gift from the muses, except these muses are a vegetable delivery service, and if they didn’t bring any gay characters in the delivery box, you can’t use any gay characters in your recipe."
topic:lgbt, topic:comics, topic:movies, topic:fiction

Problematic: beccaelizabeth (DW) - "You know that story where the white man goes and becomes part of the strange foreign culture and gets better at it than any of the locals? Usually with added mystic?
Asian (probably with mountains) or Native American or... you know I've actually only read it with those two"

topic:racism, topic:writing

Specific Fandom

Land, Power, and Filmmaking in Hawaii: An Untold Story Of "Aloha": Shay Chan Hodges (blog) - "With "Aloha," Cameron Crowe made a heartfelt effort to present a cultural narrative that has not been attempted before in a star-studded Hollywood production. The scenes with Bumpy and other residents of the village are the most authentic depictions of what Hawaii looks like, sounds like, and feels like of any feature film I’ve seen."

Animal House/Revenge of the Nerds
Episode 33: Animal House vs Revenge of the Nerds: The Canon (podcast) - "This week The Canon pits two beloved college frat comedies against each other. On one side it's Animal House, the seminal snobs versus slobs comedy from John Landis, and on the other it's Revenge of the Nerds, the prescient nerd-power romp."
fandom:animalhouse, fandom:revengeofthenerds

Ask Chris #246: Sympathy For The Joker: Chris Sims (blog) - "If there’s really nothing sympathetic about the Joker, then does that actually make him a better villain than characters that you do sympathize with? Unsurprisingly, I’d argue that it does, but let’s see if we can’t figure out why."
fandom:dccomics, topic:villains

Vague comics musings (no spoilers): rahirah (DW) - "I've been reading a lot of the responses to Buffy Season 10 Issue 16. On the whole, Spuffy shippers seemed to like the issue, even if there have been some complaints reported about there being too much focus on Spike's insecurity."
fandom:btvs, topic:relationships

Buffy and Endgame Guys: demandingbillydolls(tumblr) - "There is no Edward Guy, there is no Jacob Guy, there’s just Buffy figuring shit out, and her relationships are a part of that process."
fandom:btvs, topic:relationships

Thoughts: Lies my Parents Told Me: youhitmewithanaxeonetime (tumblr) - "I’ve just watched "Lies My Parents Told Me" for the 20204939392th time and I’ve been thinking a lot about Giles in this episode."

"You treat me like a man": rahirah (tumblr) - Thread of commentary of the scene in question.

"Briley.": icksnay (tumblr) - "Did Riley have his flaws? Yeah. But they weren’t of the "killed thousands of people" variety. He was a tad old-fashioned. So sue him."

Untitled: beccaelizabeth (DW) - "Buffy season 1 was still pretty good, I wasn't bored and most things bore me, I only fast forwarded through a few bits sometimes instead of the whole season, it is still good to watch."

By the Sword
Valdemar Reread: By the Sword: The Pig: Ellen Cheeseman-Meyer (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

Captain America
Untitled: wintercyan (Tumblr) - "The Winter Soldier’s behaviour on the bridge makes much more sense when we presume he was after Sitwell and Natasha rather than Steve and Natasha – why would he go after Natasha and leave his team to deal with Steve, arguably the bigger threat, if she wasn’t, in fact, his second target?"

Kingpin over Catwoman: Organised Crime vs Spontaneous Theft: Alexandra Bonomo (blog) - "And while they are able to reach new territory from these starting points, the new stories also oerlook what made their predecessors so engaging."

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 44: Alice Arneson (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the chapter in question.

DC Comics
Transphobia in the Year 3001: Superman A Super jerk, No Justice for Guy Gardner: MJ Feuerborn, Rachel J Stevens (blog) - "To transgender folks, this kind of conversation is nothing new. Gardner’s body is immediately subjected to male gaze dictating his sexual desirability (in this case, Gardner’s body is pleasing enough to Superman’s eye to warrant a feminine labeling), with that desirability being given higher importance than Gardner’s actual identity."
fandom:dccomics, topic:lgbt

Doctor Who
NuWho Rewatch: Vincent and the Doctor lousedennis (LJ) Discussion of the fifth series episode.

My Thoughts on Dope: Shawn Taylor (blog) - "If Menace II Society, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Scooby Doo cartoons, and The Goonies could somehow have a baby, Dope would be that offspring."

Dragon Prince
Rereading Melanie Rawn: Sunrunner’s Fire, Chapters 27 and 28: Judith Tarr (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the chapters in question.

The Dragonlance Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Part 2, Chapters 3 and 4: Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the chapters in question.

Empire Trilogy
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 16: Tansy Rayner Roberts (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

In Eraserhead, Everything Is Fine And Parenthood Is Hell: Scott Wampler (blog) - "These days, I subscribe to the popular theory that Eraserhead is "about" the existential horror of parenthood."

Game of Thrones
A Brief Treatise on the Rules of Thrones 2.06: The Old Gods and the New: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "The only scene with any religious content is the High Septon being torn to pieces, which makes an interesting point about the lack of any magic in the official faith, but which ends up amounting to nothing because, bafflingly, this is the first episode this season to largely ignore the issue of magic accreting at the edges of the board, meaning that there’s no actual "old gods" to balance the impotent new ones within the episode."

H.P. Lovecraft
The Lovecraft Reread: Squamous Parenthood: "The Curse of Yig": Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the story in question.

Hannibal Review 3.04 "Aperitivo": Meredith Borders (blog) - "After three episodes following Hannibal's furlough in Europe, "Aperitivo" brings us back to the States, where we see the teacups Hannibal shattered slowly attempt to put themselves back together."
fandom:hannibal, warning:spoilers

Hannibal: "Aperitivo" Review: Lady Saika (blog) - "This episode was both interesting and tedious. Interesting, because we finally got to find out what was happening with all the people who are not Hannibal, and tedious, because there wasn’t much forward plot movement at all."
fandom:hannibal, warning:spoilers

"Hannibal" Review - To Serve Man: Emily Nussbaum (journal) - "Over time, patterns emerge, revealing an uneasy meditation on intimacy, the vulnerability of the human body, and the power of art—its ability to make us crave something we thought we’d find disgusting."

Untitled: genufa (Tumblr) - "Anonymous asked: i feel there is a problem to some fans, a problem with all what Alana doing, she's elitist, if she's vengeful, if she believes in Hannibal, if she wants to take revenge on him, everything is a problem."

Untitled: genufa (Tumblr) - "I want Will to be saved too, but somehow I don't think he truly deserves it."

Harry Potter
Jenny’s Rants: Please Shut Up J.K. Rowling: Jenny Cee (podcast) - "Today I’m talking about the many, many, MANY, headcanons of J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" series and it’s upcoming movie spin-off, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Theme"."
fandom:harrypotter, topic:canon

What A Person’s Harry Potter House Says About Their Personality: Cari Romm (journal) - "In a study recently published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers found that a person’s preferred house may offer hints about his or her personality." (Note: Access to the actual study requires payment, so we’re not linking that.)
fandom:harrypotter, topic:psychology

Getting Away with Murder: Snape, Sirius, and the Warewolf Incident: wellingtongoose (LJ)) - "Nearly every conceivable conspiracy theory has been rolled out to explain why Sirius (and James) escaped any kind of justice for what is essentially attempted murder, except of course, the one theory that no-one was willing to write down: maybe nobody cared enough to do anything."

Inception: Guilty Pleasure: Siddhant Adlakha (blog) - "Understanding why this film works in its unique way requires an examination of two things: its adherence to structure, and its adherence to what can broadly be described as Nolan’s ‘typical’ approach to his characters."

Inside Out
Inside Out is Not for Kids, and That’s Exactly Why Your Kids Should See It: Mayka Mei (blog) - "Being an adult is hard, and that’s why I can understand why my 6-year old niece cried so hard at Inside Out."

A Neuroscientist Fact-checks Inside Out: Alice Robb (blog) - "Daphna Shohamy, a researcher at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, appreciates Pixar’s latest movie for a different reason: She believes it has potential as an educational tool."
fandom:insideout, topic:psychology

James Bond
Bond Girl: Re-Watching and Re-Evaluating For Your Eyes Only: Zina Hutton (blog) - "Normally, I scoff at the so-called "grittier" and "more realistic" add-ons to the James Bond film franchise. There’s nothing realistic about them usually and in my experience, they tend to trade on stereotypes.
For Your Eyes Only isn’t like that and that’s surprising."


Christ, I Miss The Cold War: Judi Dench's M: helloladies (DW) - "Judi Dench has been M my entire life. Subjectively, she is my M in the way that Nine is my Doctor."

Janelle Monae
A Short Guide to Janelle Monae and the Metropolis Saga: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "The bulk of Monáe’s work consists of the five (and counting) part Metropolis Saga, released over two albums and an EP, and currently projected to run for seven parts, although it was previously slated as four parts. The suite focuses on the stories of Monáe’s alter-ego Cindi Mayweather, a time-traveling android."

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Episode 3: The Education of a Magician: Philip Sandifer (blog) - "It’s perhaps ironic that, having spent two episodes building up the Jonathan Strange/Mr. Norrell dualism that’s the core engine of the series, it’s the act of splitting them back up that drives it to its most emphatic heights thus far."
fandom:jonathanstrangeandmrnorrell, warning:spoilers

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: Chapter Seven: Emily Asher-Perrin (blog) - "The BBC’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell series is now complete, revealing the endgame to those who may not have known it before. So what worked about this series and what didn’t?"
fandom:jonathanstrangeandmrnorrell, warning:spoilers

Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon Roundtable Index: Various (blog) - Two new articles added since the last post. This is the end of the roundtable.

The Killer
The sincerity and sensation of John Woo’s The Killer: Keith Phipps (blog) - "Released in 1989, The Killer first drew worldwide attention to director John Woo and helped train the eyes of the film world on Hong Kong."

Kuroko no Basuke
Aniwords - How Do You Play Kuroko’s Basketball?: Isaac Akers (blog) - "At an external level—that is, a level applicable to those of us watching the show from the outside—this show is really about finding your own identity as a person, about seperating yourself from those around you and becoming your own individual (and the challenges that lie within that quest)."

Legend of Zelda
Why The King of Red Lions is the Best Companion in Zelda: Mark Olson (blog) - "The King of Red Lions is, in my opinion, the best handled companion in terms of both story and gameplay, and I believe that, if present, future companions in the series should take a few pages out of his playbook."

Zelda Dungeon Talks: Which Side-Character Deserves Their Own Story?: Kira Koneko (blog) - "Question: Do you believe that any side-characters in the Zelda series deserve their own title?"

Mad Max
’Mad Max’ comic artist has the worst response ot the complaints about rape scenes: Aja Romano (blog) - "But as it turned out, Furiosa the comic was the polar opposite of Fury Road. It was, in fact, incredibly, appallingly misogynist."
fandom:madmax, warning:rape, topic:misogyny

Film Corner: We Need to Talk About the Furiousa Comic: Ana Mardoll (blog) - "We need to talk about the Mad Max: Fury Road Furiosa (#1) comic and how awful it is. Huge content notes on this post, like, in big block capitals and neon letters because this issue is triggery and terrible, and really aptly illustrates just how awful MMFR could have been if it were made without intentionally setting aside lazy (and terrible) narratives about women and rape in order to be better than that. Also, I would honestly recommend going into this post with the mindset that this comic is some kind of terrible non-canon spinoff, because I don't want to ruin MMFR for anyone."
fandom:madmax, warning:rape, topic:misogyny

Mediocre! Why You Should Not Bother with the Mad Max: Fury Road Comics: pantydragon (blog) - "Naturally, I was pumped to learn that Vertigo is publishing a series of tie-in comics, so I rode forth to purchase them last week with a furious fixation. Unfortunately, much like the four puny cylinders in my orange Honda Element, the Mad Max: Fury Road comics felt wildly inadequate compared to my newly elevated expectations."

The Furiosa Comic Undoes Everything Great About Mad Max: Fury Road: James Whitbrook (blog) - "First of all, it’s a comic inherently about rape. Unlike Fury Road, which was praised for not highlighting or dwelling on the sexual abuse that was part of its female characters past, the comic’s dominant focus is on that sexual abuse, to the point that the fact these women were raped by Immortan Joe almost becomes their defining characteristic."
fandom:madmax, warning:rape

furiosa vs. tropes for women in action: fuckyeahisawthat (Tumblr) - "Why has Furiosa inspired so much passion? I think a lot of it has to do with the way she blows a giant flaming hole in the standard images for women in action films."

max vs. tropes for men in action: fuckyeahisawthat (Tumblr) - "But Mad Max: Fury Road is not just filled with awesome women. It treats its male characters in ways that I think can only be seen as deliberate attempts to undermine what we expect a male hero in an action movie to be and do."

Citadel Sociology: An Army Moves on Its Stomach: bonehandledknife (Tumblr) - "How is it all distributed? Is the situation so military that there’s a mess hall? I really, really doubt it. Does one simply show up and line up for a share with the slapdash informality of the Organic Mechanic’s blood shed? Or is it more "fend for oneself" all around?"
fandom:madmax, topic:food

Food Ramblings: bonehandledknife (Tumblr) - Speculations about agriculture in Mad Max: Fury Road.
fandom:madmax, topic:food

Ore Monogatari!!
Ore Monogatari!!, Episode 12: Mage in a Barrel (blog) - "But what I do think about shows like this is that subjecting them to the kind of intense analysis that I’m used to applying to my episodic posts isn’t a good fit. While there’s definitely some degree of nuance and subtlety present in Ore Monogatari!!, there’s not much."
fandom:oremonogatari, fandom:anime, topic:criticism

Orphan Black
Orphan Black Science Recap: "History Yet to Be Written": 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, warning:spoilers, topic:science

Outlander’s Top Ten Awesome Feminist Moments: Angel Cruz (blog) - "Outlander is a thrilling, sexy, feminist romp through history, and we love it. Here’s a few of its best moments that highlight why we, Zoe and Angel, love this new show."

Over the Garden Wall
Over the Garden Wall: The Millennial’s Fairytale: Vrai Kaiser (blog) - "Over the Garden Wall is an experiment with one foot in history and one in the now, trying its hardest to act as a fairytale for the millennial generation."

Gaining Faith in Cartoon Network Again: An Over the Garden Wall Review: MarchHareMoe (blog) - "I almost completely missed one of my favorite series, Over the Garden Wall, because it was only aired for one week in November 2014 on Cartoon Network. Luckily I follow the right people on Tumblr, or I would have never known it existed."

I kind of miss Dragonriders of Pern: chordatesrock (DW) - "But the thing is, I love Dragonriders of Pern. It's not an ironic love of it as hilariously bad (that would be Twilight). It's just love for one of my favorite book series."

So I just remembered the Masterharper of Pern CD: chordatesrock (DW) - "I mentioned in my last post that I've been thinking about Dragonriders of Pern lately, and I mentioned the Masterharper of Pern filk CD that was created as a tie-in. I've always simultaneously liked and disliked that CD. On the one hand, the songs are great, catchy and moving and beautifully performed. On the other, they don't match what's in the books!"
fandom:pern, topic:music

The Railway Man
The Railway Man: a tale of torture and redemption: Alex von Tunzelmann (blog) - "Some critics found The Railway Man’s time-jumping structure too cumbersome – but as a historical film it is affecting and largely truthful."
fandom:therailwayman, topic:history, warning:torture

The Red Baron
The Red Baron: Learning Not to Love War: aelarsen (blog) - "I ran across a modest biopic of him, uncreatively titled The Red Baron (2010, dir. Nikolai Müllerschön), on Netflix a couple weeks ago so I watched it for the blog. Unfortunately, I lost my notes somewhere between watching it and sitting down to write this post; hopefully that won’t hurt the accuracy of my review."
fandom:theredbaron, topic:history

A Song of Ice and Fire
Top Characters #7 Daenerys Targaryen: ObiWonShinobi (blog) - "Daenerys Targaryen: Stormborn, Mhysa, the Mother of Dragons, khaleesi, the Last Dragon, Widow, Consort of Obi, etc... In this profile I want to stay out of the weeds and simply give my impression of my favorite character from multiple reads of this series, Kang of TotH, and smacker of bitches."

Stannis’ Endgame: Book vs. Show: Steven Attewell (blog) - "If it’s any consolation, I’m convinced that GRRM’s plan is quite different from what we saw – but to see the outlines of the destiny that lies in wait for Stannis Baratheon, you need to go back to the text (as Benioff and Weiss should have done)."

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons, Part 26: Leigh Butler (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.

Star Wars
Vol. 18: Attack of the Clones: RebelForce Radio Star Wars (podcast) - "We kick off our review of the music of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones with the track that dominated the film, "Across The Stars". David W. Collins & Jimmy Mac dig deep into this composition with insight and analysis you will not hear anywhere else."
fandom:starwars, topic:music

Seige of Lothal: Rebel Yell (podcast) - "Steve and Teresa are joined by friends Erich Schoeneweiss and Kay from Fangirl Blog to discuss the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 premiere "Siege of Lothal."

Why Science Fiction must Err on the side of Diversity: Tosche Station (blog) - The world we live in right now is diverse, so why shouldn’t our visions of the future be as well?"

Star Wars Rebels: What’s in a Name?: Star Wars (blog) - Analysis of the names in Star Wars Rebels"

Suicide Squad
Sexualized Saturdays: Suicide Squad and the Harley Quinn Problem: Lady Geek Girl (blog) - "But alas, once promo pictures and more news about Harley’s character in the Suicide Squad movie were revealed, I and other fans became dubious about this phenomenal female character’s portrayal. And sadly for me the issue revolves once again around her costume."
fandom:dccu, topic:femalecharacter, topic:costumes

Building and Breaking, In Comics as in BDSM: Sam Keeper (blog) - "But this isn't academia. This is Storming the Ivory Tower, where I can do whatever the hell I want up to and including stealing your chair, and this week I want to take a look at Sunstone through the lens of some of my research and explore some of the ways that comics--all comics--get us hot and bothered."
fandom:comics, warning:nsfw, topic:sexuality

Tangerine: A Comedy Where I Wasn’t The Punchline: Jules Low (blog) - "While the plot may sound very exploitative, it shocked me with how humanising it was, partly due to its simplicity."
fandom:tangerine, topic:transgender

Ted 2
Ted 2 Review: Oh, It’s Not That Bad: Brian Collins (blog) - "n a move that absolutely no one could have predicted, Seth MacFarlane opted to turn his talking teddy bear sequel into a metaphor for gay marriage rights, and the movie is being released on the very day that the Supreme Court has ended that battle for good."

Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf: "Creatures of the Night" Review: Lady Saika (blog) - Summary and analysis of the episode.
fandom:teenwolf, warning:spoilers

Terminator Genisys Review: Avoid This Movie If You Want To Live: Devin Faraci (blog) - "Out of the five Terminator films four have used this basic plot, but none so poorly as Genisys."

True Detective
True Detective Review: "Night Finds You": Scott Wampler and Phil Nobile Jr (blog) - The reviewers discuss and analyze the episode.
fandom:truedetective, warning:spoilers

Does True Detective Owe You Diversity?: Phil Nobile Jr (blog) - "Do we get the world we deserve when we force an artist's hand?"

The Virgin Suicides
Forum: The Virgin Suicides: Keith Phipps and Tasha Robinson (blog) - The authors discuss and analyze the movie.

Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Great Hunt, Part 6: Leigh Butler (blog) - Summary, discussion and analysis of the section in question.


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