So this week didn’t go exactly as I planned. I’m behind on my reading schedule and I haven’t posted any reviews, I got a massive tension headache on Thursday and spent most of yesterday reading The Hunger Games instead of Lord of the Changing Winds. I think next week will be better, though!
Lord of the Changing Winds is very different from what I thought it’d be like (though there ARE mages and griffins, so HA). It’s scarier! Not in a horror way, I mean, but in that way where a human character interacts with non-human characters and the non-human characters are VERY non-human and that’s scary. I never really thought about griffins before this book, but now I think they might haunt my dreams (nightmares?) a lot more than they did before.
Links and stuff! And then what happened?
Hello! How’s your Saturday going so far? It’s raining over here in SoCal, and apparently the mountain-y areas are getting snow! That’s kind of exciting.
I’ve decided to spend today reading Burn Mark by Laura Powell, which I got from the publishers via NetGalley (thanks!). It’s not coming out in the US until June, but it’ll be published a month earlier in the UK which is neat. Burn Mark is a YA alt. history/fantasy (possibly with romance?) book set in modern England starring two kids named Cleo and Lucas. Cleo and Lucas? Are witches. And witches? Are hunted by inquisitors and, if caught doing something bad, are burnt via pyre.
So far it’s really intense– there’s at least two fairly graphic descriptions of witches being burnt, for instance– and I’m thinking that later on there’ll be a lot of thriller-y chase scenes and stuff. What I like most about it so far, though, is the writing. Example: the guy who I assume will be the main baddie (or one of them, anyway) has only been in the book for, like, five pages total, and he’s already got a buttload of depth and interesting-ness to him. Yay!
Anyway: here are this week’s links.
Let’s call this a mission statement:
So the thing is, I hate the phrase strong female character. I made a brief post about it at one point, and that expressed a number of my issues with the phrasing, but did not discuss my crucial issue with the concept. Because the thing is, strong female character implies, by default, that there is such a thing as a weak female character, and while there are certainly weakly written female characters, that’s rarely what people are using the term to mean. The way the term is often used, there’s a certain amount of implication that the word character can be removed from the equation entirely, leaving the suggestion that there is such a thing as a strong female or a weak female.
And that shit? Is some bullshit. [snip]
And then what happened?
Hello! I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I’m reading Kitchen Confidential at the moment (which I got for $0.25 the other day, btw) and it’s both hilarious and terrifying. What are you reading?
John Carter is so bad:
It is unconscionable in 2012 for a movie to portray a white dude who infiltrates a non-white native culture and then turns out to be better at being a native than even the natives are. We’ve seen it for years, we saw it in Avatar and now we see this straight up white supremacy in John Carter. The title character, a former captain of the Confederate fucking Army, is ported over to Mars, where he encounters a race of four-armed green monster warriors. Because of his bone density (bone density!), he is innately superior, able to leap in massive bounds and thus can defeat legions of not-so-nice four-armed green dudes who confront him in orgiastic pilings-on. He is a super hero and his white skin is all the cape that he needs.
The Perks of Being a Killjoy @ Rookie, one of the best things-meant-for-teens out there. And then what happened?
I’ve got a TON of links today! So here goes:
ZKO Rollercoaster // GREAT EMOTIONS from virtual republic on Vimeo.
On Being Wrong:
A book review is seldom only about the book in question – it’s also a piece of writing that requires the reader to engage with and position him or herself before a number of themes and ideas. In the process of doing this, I have often betrayed my ignorance, said thoughtless or insensitive things, been hasty or unfair, and so on and so forth. The existence of this blog means that anyone can access an old post of mine and think that it’s an accurate and up-to-date reflection of my thinking – which is a scary thing.
Keeping a blog for a long period of time often amounts to making your personal, emotional, and intellectual growth public, and this can be a pretty terrifying process. We all have a tendency to revise our memories; to internally edit them in ways that make them more harmonious with our current selves. However, a public blog doesn’t leave much room for that at all. All the wrongheaded things I’ve said over the past five years remain visible, both to myself and to others. And the same will be true of all the wrongheaded things I’ll no doubt carry on saying for as long as I do this. There’s no stopping the fact that I’ll carry on being wrong on the internet – there’s only accepting it and trying not to feel too threatened by it.
And then what happened?
Comics are trash:
I used to believe that comics could be a legitimate art form like any other medium. And sure, they can be. But now I think that the more they are perceived as art, the quicker they will die. There’s something about comics as a medium that makes it real good at being trash. The way that illustration can simplify and caricature. The way information is conveyed quickly and effectively so that even kids and people who can’t read can read comics. And the way it only takes a person with a pen to produce one, and only takes another person a single train ride to consume one.
Did you know that television is art, too? Technically. But you don’t see it that way. It’s just there, something taking up time and space in your life, in all of our lives. It’s trash, it’s the idiot box, it’s something you know isn’t good for you but you just can’t quit it. That’s the kind of bad habit that comics need to be, instead of the kind of bad habit that you need a job to support and you go online to find other people who are into it. No-one needs to say they’re into TV.
On Objectivity, Again @ things mean a lot
Innovations Continue for 3M Cloud Library @ Business Wire. A less annoying version of Overdrive? Yes, please! And then what happened?