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Battle Royale

I’ve been quite bloody minded lately.  Easily irritated and very colorful in what I threaten to do to the people who irritate me.  Game of Thrones is certainly helping with that bloody-mindedness, but it isn’t quite doing it for me.  Lately I’ve been staring at Battle Royale on my bookshelf and having to almost physically stop myself from pulling it down.  I’ve seriously cut down on my reading time lately, so it’s not like I have enough time to balance two books like I have in the past, and I really want to get caught up on GoT before I move on to something else.  But I can’t get BR out of my head – I want to read it sooo bad!  That’s all.  I’ll update you soon on whether or not I was able to continue to restrain myself.  

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It’s Hard Out Here For A Bitch

OK, so I’ve mentioned this in passing once or twice, but I’ve been a bit afraid to attack it head-on.  I don’t know why.  Well, I do – it’s because I’m super conflicted about the subject in general.  But I’m just going to go ahead and say it.  I’m a little disappointed in the women of Game of Thrones.  I feel like we’re giving a lot of credit for not a ton of progress, and it’s frustrating to me but I’m not sure if I’m being too picky or not.  So I bullet pointed the reasons I’m annoyed – in order from biggest to smallest.

Reasons I’m aggravated:

  • A lot of the women simply seem like stereotypes – Cersei is an overly sexualized vixen who uses her sexuality to get what she wants; Cat is a mother and is defined by her relationships with others; Sansa is a shallow, looks-obsessed pre-teen (and holy crap does he punish her for it); Arya is the tomboy.  They’re less their own individual characters as they’re examples of archetypes of women characters. 
  • Having a whole bunch of female characters doesn’t automatically give you feminist cred if you don’t treat them equally to your male characters – if you have five male characters who are real fully realized characters, and ten female characters who are stereotypes, that doesn’t make your work equal.
  • I also feel like the female characters are constantly getting slapped around for trying to express any sort of agency – which, of course, is a double edged sword.  You could just as easily argue that the misogyny is a part of Westeros and by not sugarcoating it, he’s giving the world a feminist slant, because the most important fucking part of misogyny in our culture today is the lie that it no longer exists.  But sometimes it honestly just feels like he wants to beat the shit out of women he let get a little uppity.
  • In general I just kind of consistently feel like it’s good but not good enough for all the praise I’m hearing it get.  It’s 2013!!  Don’t we require more than just a lot of female characters to satisfy us at this point?!

So there you have it.  The reasons the women of GoT annoy me.  Am I being too harsh?  Or are we truly being too lenient with female characters in fantasy literature these days, simply because fantasy and sci-fi are the only places to find anything resembling strong female characters?

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Hard Out Here – Lily Allen

OK everyone, I was ABSOLUTELY intending to write a cute article about little things that are legitimiately terrible and can easily ruin your whole entire day in one fell swoop, but GODDAMN THIS VIDEO IS EVERYTHING. I’ve been on the Lily Allen train for a while, so I’ve been meaning to watch this video since I heard it came out yesterday (?) but this is the first chance I’ve gotten to sit down and watch/listen. EVERYTHING. Oh em gee. The video itself is amazeballs. The song itself is perfect cotton candy pop perfection. The lyrics are everything I’ve ever said ever. Can you tell I’m a bit overly excited? <33

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November 12, 2013 · 6:35 pm

Frustration

arielI’m finding tonight’s post hard, imaginary people who read my blog.  After nearly and I giving up on anything and everything earlier this week, I’m trying to make sure I still stay in the swing of things, and keep up my momentum.  But while I don’t ever have trouble sitting down to write posts for Christian’s Desk, I always struggle when it comes time to bang something out for this blog.   I still love reading, obvi, and still want to gush about what I’m reading all the time, so that isn’t so much the problem.  I’m just having trouble writing about reading – I don’t know what to say or how to say it.  I feel like I’m just not sure what direction this blog should go.  There are a few things I could be doing, based on other blogs I read or simple common sense, but I don’t really like any of them, for reasons:

  • Most book blogs I read (aka creep) on are heavy on the reviews, and obviously I don’t get early copies of books to review.  I don’t know how to go about starting that path, but even if I did, I don’t know if I’d want to pursue it seriously.  I’m not sure why – scared, maybe?  Perhaps.
  • I could, obviously, write simple reactions to what I’m reading, but a) I’m reading much more slowly now than I used to due to this thing called “being-a-grown-up” that I got tricked into and so it would literally be five – ten posts PER BOOK because that’s how slowly I’m reading AND OMG I HATE IT and b) I’m a fucking hardcore rereader so that would give me nothing to post when I decide it’s time to read Harry Potter for the 1007987th time.
  • I also have a tendency to read while I’m at work or out – waiting for friends at a restaurant, for example – which means that if I do have an interesting thought about a book or character (omg why is Cate Tully so annoying?  Anyone?) it’s usually lost or foggy by the time I get home to write.  So a natural solution would be to write down the damn thoughts in a notebook and pull it out when I get home and it’s time to write, but I’ve somehow gotten out of the habit of carrying a notebook with me (??)

My Christian’s Desk blog I feel I have much more freedom with, in that it’s a writing blog so fucking anything I want to write about counts – I can write about writing, or about the pretty leaves outside my apartment, or how my 100lb lab thinks he’s a lapdog, and it’s all cool cause it’s a goddamn writing blog and it’s all writing so eff off.  Wow, that got defensive quickly.  Anywho, the point is that I feel I absolutely must write about books in this blog, and sometimes I feel like I’m effing that up simply because I haven’t had as much time to read as I usually like lately.

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