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Amy Ponds of the 99% ([personal profile] allchildren) wrote2012-04-01 12:55 pm

march medialog and things

BOOKS (goodreads)

  • cold magic (kate elliott)
  • the brief wondrous life of oscar wao (junot díaz)
  • first 64 pages of world war z before i ragequit (max brooks)

MOVIES

  • the kids are all right
  • our idiot brother (rewatch)
  • breaking dawn
  • hanna (rewatch)

TV

  • adventure time ("incendium" rewatch)
  • arrested development (s3 rewatch)
  • call the midwife (all)
  • community (as aired)
  • cosmos (first episode)
  • fringe (febuary episodes)
  • mad men (as aired)
  • new girl (as aired)
  • parks and recreation (as aired)
  • project runway all stars (as aired, minus the finale)
  • the colbert report (idk, a few)
  • the crimson petal and the white (final installment)
  • the daily show (idk, a few)
  • the good wife (as aired)
  • the legend of korra (first two episodes) (twice) (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa)
  • the new batman adventures ("girls night out" and "mad love", also the one before them but i was paying like 10% attention)
  • the secret circle (three of the six or so episodes i was behind on because goddamn that show is boring)
  • the voice (all battles)
  • the x-files ("demons")
  • top chef texas finale + reunion
  • young justice (as aired minus yesterday's ep)
Oh, I promised opinions.

Korra: I've seen some talk that I found bemusing and I guess what it comes down to is that I trust Mike and Bryan's narratives and revere their worldbuilding more than any other mainstream storytellers, and so while I can only go so far as to call it a hope, I'd like to think that the questionable elements in the setup of Republic City are intended to be questionable and that the natural direction of the narrative will be to dismantle them from the inside out. The ultimate point of the anti-bending faction shouldn't be that nonbenders are evil, jealous, or small-minded, but that benders do have a lot of unexamined power, particularly in the social hierarchy of Republic City, which was founded by benders and is currently policed by them. That is, benders have privilege. Even in a jokey exchange like "You're oppressing yourselves!" "That doesn't even make sense!" there is a reflection of real life issues; victim-blaming and denial of privilege is always the go-to defense of the privileged in consciousness-raising conversations. My hope is that instead of BOO HISS VILLAINY we'll get the tables turned on Korra as she learns her spiritual role and discovers that balance is about more than just air, water, earth, and fire.

Nuaaaaaaaaaance.

And The Hunger Games: First, the macro of my grump is that these books should have been about what it means for the revolution to be televised and the observer effect and Katniss being a person and maybe even Katniss/Peeta being interesting and fucked up, but what they were actually about is what Katniss wore every goddamn day of her life and oh no her stylist has a bloody nose truly that is the greatest crime of all and the world's least interesting love triangle and gratuitous unearned unexamined atrocities that last a paragraph and and Katniss never knowing what is going on and going into comas once a month which makes her a gr8 narrator april fools and male/female relationships being prized at the expense of Arrested Development-style hollow female relationships like Katniss's great love for the 99.9% offscreen-until-gratuitously-killed Prim (although despite these shitty priorities Peeta's recovery from being brainwashed also happens offscreen, SO FASCINATING). Oh, let's kill Coin instead of Snow. CHIX R EVIL AMIRITE. Sure sure. The micro of my past month's grump is, jfc who the fuck cares if Battle Royale came first? The books are not even about kids killing kids. They are about the (most passive imaginable) revolution of a dystopian state. Two of the three books do not even contain kids killing kids! The Quarter Quell is mostly full of adults! why do I care, nobody knows, I just feel very grumpy about all this mediocrity and point-missery that fills mine eyes

HOPE U ENJOYED
crossedwires: toph punches katara to show her affection (Default)

[personal profile] crossedwires 2012-04-01 09:49 pm (UTC)(link)
That's my take/hope for KORRA too! <333

Can I ask what made you ragequit World War Z? My brother recced it some time ago.
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (SCC/ old barbed wire)

[personal profile] softestbullet 2012-04-02 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
Damn, really? I was introduced to WWZ through this beautifully ladycentric fic... Shoulda known canon would let me down.
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (Comm/ white noise pills and Jesus)

[personal profile] softestbullet 2013-09-05 10:18 am (UTC)(link)
A million years later: I rllly liked the first one, but then all the girls died, so I stopped, but you think it's still good?
crossedwires: toph punches katara to show her affection (Default)

[personal profile] crossedwires 2012-04-02 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks. That's terribly disappointing. I'll be giving it a miss.
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[personal profile] brooms 2012-04-01 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
but that benders do have a lot of unexamined power, particularly in the social hierarchy of Republic City, which was founded by benders and is currently policed by them

everyting grant morrison's x-men should have been!

HOPE U ENJOYED

i did, thanks.
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[personal profile] whatimages 2012-04-02 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
I thought that's what they were getting at with that worldbuilding too--I thought the setup was pretty explicit? But idk, that's just how I read it.

I wish the Hunger Games was everything it aspired to be. Alas, earwax.
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[personal profile] ghost_lingering 2012-04-02 02:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Re: Korra -- YES. I think that Tenzin's wife's comment that she wants a child that is "like her" was the first subtle example of how the bender/non-bender dichotomy can wear even on non-benders who are positive about bending.
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[personal profile] asfriedhr 2012-04-02 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Seconded!

And yeah, Tris, I've found a lot of the dialogue in the fandom/general media community surrounding the worldbuilding and politics of Korra to be overly simplistic; like, there is a lot present (explicitly so) in just those first two episodes not just suggesting but setting up a power imbalance between those who can bend and those who cannot within Republic City. People are noting that imbalance and assuming it won't be addressed, but I think that imbalance is purposeful! And, well, hm, maybe I'm just willing to give Mike and Bryan and the rest of the Avatar team the benefit of the doubt on the strength of ATLA. They've a track record for addressing moral complexities and people doing bad things with good intentions, and doing so without apologia.

(I'm actually REALLY EXCITED! to see Korra address this stuff, ahhhhhhhhh, SO EXCITED OH MY GOSH!!!)
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (Claymore/ of the faint smile)

[personal profile] softestbullet 2013-09-05 10:14 am (UTC)(link)
Omg going through ancient tabs to say:

male/female relationships being prized at the expense of Arrested Development-style hollow female relationships like Katniss's great love for the 99.9% offscreen-until-gratuitously-killed Prim

Ha ha GOD what a perfect breakdown of something I hate so much (haven't even watched AD, but). So many stories do this. GRGHH