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My last review for terror_scifi is—not coincidentally—my first review for [community profile] terror_sffa and is, accordingly, posted in both places. That's right, we now have a community on Dreamwidth! So go over there and join for more reviews, recommendations, discussions, and awesome people.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (pinko pie)
In the comments, leave me one of your fandoms that I'm NOT into, and I'll attempt to summarize it to the best of my ability.

Possibly with illustrations if you are very unlucky.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (humping bunny)
[livejournal.com profile] treehavn asked for a post about Teen Wolf. This amuses me greatly. Apparently I have many thoughts about werewolves with shirt allergies.

Okay, first of all, it's probably obvious that, in general, I watch much more TV than movies. Part of this is convenience, but also I think that TV is, by and large, telling more interesting and varied stories, and I'm a fan of long-form narrative. I like to be engrossed in media. There are some really brilliant shows out there at the moment that I'd consider Great Art.

Teen Wolf is, of course, not one of them.

This said, it succeeds at a lot of things, possibly by complete accident, and there's a reason I was sucked into it in a way that I didn't connect with, say, True Blood or The Walking Dead or supernatural drama in general.

cut for the disinterested )

Anyway, so, that would be my guilty pleasure if I felt remotely guilty about any of my guilty pleasures.

Still happily taking requests for anything that people want me to blog about, BTW.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (lol internets)
[[livejournal.com profile] fengi is hitting the comedy goldmine this week. Ah. This is going to be great, you guys. So great.

Because it's not funny enough that Yahoo bought Tumblr, now Amazon has plans to monetize fan fiction.

you know something's fucked when... photo thatsfucked_blixa_zps8e895226.gif

Discuss. Bonus points for digging up hilarious wank. — Sabs]


Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] fengi at Let's give moody, hyperactive kittens chainsaws and catnip.
Amazon has decided to monetize fan fiction. Not fucking kidding:
Get ready for Kindle Worlds, a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, with licenses for more Worlds on the way.
I read about this in a post by author Jim Hines who offers soem intitial observations. Chuck Wendig does as well including a very interesting possibility:
The weird thing is what happens to that comfortable space that separated canonical from non-canonical. Like, one assumes that the fan-fic remains officially non-canonical — and yet, people are paying for it...it still grants it a kind of territory in the canonical space. Someone might read Book 3...and say, “But this doesn’t refer to that time when she time-traveled back to the Old West in that novella, Booby Nuthatch.” And you’re like, “That wasn’t real, though, someone else wrote that.” But then they say: “I PAID FOR IT SO IT FELT REAL TO ME”...That’s a pretty serious shift in authorship and authenticity.
For me, the interesting part is an aspiring oligarchy is injecting some "creative disruption" (i.e. greed and exploitation) into a scene which, to be polite, is slightly prone to hyperbolic reactions which at times involve distorted perceptions.



Is trying to cash in on the emo side of the net the new thing? I wonder what's next: Google purchases Encyclopedia Dramatica?


ETA: I made this point on [livejournal.com profile] fengi's post but I'll repeat it here:

I almost see this as a form of outsourcing. Authors have these pesky agents, after all, and wouldn't it be nicer if we could just get naïve amateurs to write our tie-in material? We don't even need to pay editors. People will do it for loooove. Toss the fanfic writers less than a pro would get paid, but more than they'd get paid if they were posting on ff.net; toss the authors a bone because copyright, and still more profits for Amazon.

It's an interesting model. I think publishing definitely does need a new model, and I'm vaguely in favour of anything that recognizes the inherently collective nature of creation, but I think this is going to fail miserably and hilariously. — Sabs
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] bitter_crimson: You know this one, right? Give me fandoms that I'm not in (which is all of them) or don't know, and I will attempt to summarize them based on things that appear on my Tumblr feed. If I'm not feeling too lazy I will even try to make them look as awesome as the ones Krim made.

If you're not sure whether I've read/watched it, assume I haven't.

This is completely unrelated but here is a tiny bat:

sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (motherfucking books)
Reading: Reading With a Vengeance is amusing me greatly. Sporking a badly written novel about BSDM that's thinly veiled Twilight fanfic? Sign me right up. I didn't realize just how wrong the book is. Holy balls, the BDSM community must be right pissed off about it.

Listening: The Bard of Montreal, a collection of Leonard Cohen covers by Canadian artists. (H/T: [livejournal.com profile] thegiantkiller.)

Watching: Fringe. Don't worry, almost done and then I'll get back to the B5 reviews. But it was just too annoying to see cryptic posts and not be able to click on them. Favourite lines: not really spoilery, but just in case )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (keep calm and shoot them in the head)
Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

Yep, the last fictional characters I posted about were from Treme. I have nothing to worry about. Even the least badass character on that show would just roll their eyes and keep going in the face of a zombie apocalypse.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (sad panda by a softer world)
[livejournal.com profile] sabotabby: I showed the manpain video to the pie people.
[livejournal.com profile] zingerella: Sparkletears?
[livejournal.com profile] human_loser: Hanging out with you guys is like watching Twin Peaks. You miss two episodes and nothing makes sense.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (how much hello kitty weighs)
But, uh.

I'm going to recommend fanfic. Twilight fanfic.

If it helps, I will add that it's a critique in story form—a remix of Twilight by someone who is clearly quite smart. The premise is that Bella is thoughtful and self-aware. The other characters are recognizably themselves up to a certain point, after which the story takes strange and unpredictable twists as Bella—re-imagined as intelligent, logical, and rather feminist, if flawed—turns the vampire-and-werewolf established order on its head. Along the way, it deconstructs both the failures of SMeyer's worldbuilding, the racist, sexist, and heteronormative narrative of the original books, and the problematic power imbalances of paranormal romance as a genre.

It didn't immediately grip me, as the author—intentionally, I assume—doesn't deviate much from SMeyer's rather flat, prosaic style, but the more I read, the more I couldn't stop reading. It's clever, nuanced, and an excellent read for a day when the weather's hovering around -16°C, not including windchill.

Luminosity can be found here. There's a sequel, which I'm afraid to dive into lest it suck up all of my time.
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While making/eating dinner, [livejournal.com profile] zingerella and I discussed several perplexing problems. We felt that the internets might be able to help us answer them.

1. Would Dollhouse have been better (or, more to the point, able to grapple with the questions Whedon wanted to ask) if all of the characters except Adele were genderswapped?

2. What would happen if Angel had a calling to the priesthood?

And the most troublesome, and thus important, of all:

3. Can a cyborg perform baptisms or last rites in an emergency?

Help us, internets. You're our only hope.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] zingerella adds, "Okay, but what about a replicant?"
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (Behemoth (Master&Margarita))
I yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] quietprofanity:

In the comments, leave me one of your fandoms that I'm NOT in, and I'll attempt to summarize it to the best of my ability.

(For non-fannish sorts, you may also leave, I don't know, a political tendency or musical style or some such.)
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (racist!)
Yes, I heard about RaceFail '09 some time after the event, and rather regret not having been there while it was going on. The category of Political Correctness is so nebulous that it's rarely very helpful, particularly because it is often used disgracefully as a stick with which to beat anti-racists or progressives. In the broader sense, I absolutely do think that the implicit politics of our narratives, whether we are consciously "meaning" them or not, matter, and that therefore we should be as thoughtful about them as possible. That doesn't mean we'll always succeed in political perspicacity—which doesn't mean the same thing as tiptoeing —but we should try. So for example: If you have a world in which Orcs are evil, and you depict them as evil, I don't know how that maps onto the question of "political correctness." However, the point is not that you're misrepresenting Orcs (if you invented this world, that's how Orcs are), but that you have replicated the logic of racism, which is that large groups of people are "defined" by an abstract supposedly essential element called "race," whatever else you were doing or intended. And that's not an innocent thing to do. Maybe you have a race of female vampires who destroy men's strength. They really do operate like that in your world. But I think you're kidding yourself if you think that that idea just appeared ex nihilo in your head and has nothing to do with the incredibly strong, and incredibly patriarchal, anxiety about the destructive power of women's sexuality in our very real world. These things are not reducible to our "intent"—we all inherit all kinds of bits and pieces of cultural bumf, plenty of them racist and sexist and homophobic, because that's how our world works, so how could you avoid it?

Link 'ere. Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] bcholmes
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Yes, I heard about RaceFail '09 some time after the event, and rather regret not having been there while it was going on. The category of Political Correctness is so nebulous that it's rarely very helpful, particularly because it is often used disgracefully as a stick with which to beat anti-racists or progressives. In the broader sense, I absolutely do think that the implicit politics of our narratives, whether we are consciously "meaning" them or not, matter, and that therefore we should be as thoughtful about them as possible. That doesn't mean we'll always succeed in political perspicacity—which doesn't mean the same thing as tiptoeing —but we should try. So for example: If you have a world in which Orcs are evil, and you depict them as evil, I don't know how that maps onto the question of "political correctness." However, the point is not that you're misrepresenting Orcs (if you invented this world, that's how Orcs are), but that you have replicated the logic of racism, which is that large groups of people are "defined" by an abstract supposedly essential element called "race," whatever else you were doing or intended. And that's not an innocent thing to do. Maybe you have a race of female vampires who destroy men's strength. They really do operate like that in your world. But I think you're kidding yourself if you think that that idea just appeared ex nihilo in your head and has nothing to do with the incredibly strong, and incredibly patriarchal, anxiety about the destructive power of women's sexuality in our very real world. These things are not reducible to our "intent"—we all inherit all kinds of bits and pieces of cultural bumf, plenty of them racist and sexist and homophobic, because that's how our world works, so how could you avoid it?

Link 'ere. Hat tip: [livejournal.com profile] bcholmes

Watch'd

Mar. 7th, 2009 11:42 am
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Because you clearly don't have enough Watchmen reviews on your friends list.

Non-spoilery reactions: It's no secret that I, like all the fanboys, believe Watchmen to be the Greatest Graphic Novel Ever Written. Unlike the fanboys, though, I don't consider it or any other book sacrosanct.

It's unadaptable, though. Not because of the complicated narrative that sprawls four decades or so, which is what everyone seems to point to when they talk about it being unadaptable, but because what makes it really great (as opposed to just an incredible story with incredible characters), is that it's a comic book that redefines what the medium can do. In order to live up to that, the movie adaptation would have to redefine what movies can do. It doesn't. Maybe if Gilliam or Aronofsky had directed it and made it more of an art-house film, but—probably not. I still enjoyed it and will probably see it an embarrassing number of times, and it's definitely the best adaption of a Moore comic, not that that's saying very much.

[livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack had an excellent post, which I now can't find, here about the upcoming new Star Trek movie and how geek movies these days have to be all GRIMDARK and SRS BUSINESS, with all of the camp drained out of the source material. He attributed it primarily to homophobia (while unintentionally ramping up the homoerotic subtext by making movies so male). And of course, these movies invariably end up seeming less mature and less serious than if they'd just left the camp in.

To me, that's the movie's biggest flaw. There are still some silly bits, but there's a definite attempt on Snyder's part to weed out as much of it as possible. So there's a minimum of spandex and a lot of slow-mo. Part of what I love about the comic is what everyone seems determined to fix—the faded, out-dated costumes and colour schemes, the rampantly silly bits ("RRRAWWWL!"), the shit that makes Moore step back and have Hollis say: "Wait, what were we thinking? We were wearing underwear on top of our pants," or something to that effect.

Here be spoilers )

Ah, so yeah, I'm totally going again Sunday with [livejournal.com profile] rbowspryte and co. In costume. Because I am a fanboy.

Watch'd

Mar. 7th, 2009 11:42 am
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Because you clearly don't have enough Watchmen reviews on your friends list.

Non-spoilery reactions: It's no secret that I, like all the fanboys, believe Watchmen to be the Greatest Graphic Novel Ever Written. Unlike the fanboys, though, I don't consider it or any other book sacrosanct.

It's unadaptable, though. Not because of the complicated narrative that sprawls four decades or so, which is what everyone seems to point to when they talk about it being unadaptable, but because what makes it really great (as opposed to just an incredible story with incredible characters), is that it's a comic book that redefines what the medium can do. In order to live up to that, the movie adaptation would have to redefine what movies can do. It doesn't. Maybe if Gilliam or Aronofsky had directed it and made it more of an art-house film, but—probably not. I still enjoyed it and will probably see it an embarrassing number of times, and it's definitely the best adaption of a Moore comic, not that that's saying very much.

[livejournal.com profile] springheel_jack had an excellent post, which I now can't find, here about the upcoming new Star Trek movie and how geek movies these days have to be all GRIMDARK and SRS BUSINESS, with all of the camp drained out of the source material. He attributed it primarily to homophobia (while unintentionally ramping up the homoerotic subtext by making movies so male). And of course, these movies invariably end up seeming less mature and less serious than if they'd just left the camp in.

To me, that's the movie's biggest flaw. There are still some silly bits, but there's a definite attempt on Snyder's part to weed out as much of it as possible. So there's a minimum of spandex and a lot of slow-mo. Part of what I love about the comic is what everyone seems determined to fix—the faded, out-dated costumes and colour schemes, the rampantly silly bits ("RRRAWWWL!"), the shit that makes Moore step back and have Hollis say: "Wait, what were we thinking? We were wearing underwear on top of our pants," or something to that effect.

Here be spoilers )

Ah, so yeah, I'm totally going again Sunday with [livejournal.com profile] rbowspryte and co. In costume. Because I am a fanboy.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (racist!)
It's still going on? Seriously?*

I assume you guys all know where I stand on this sort of asshaberdashery. Other people have spoken far more eloquently than I have already.

* I mean, I know that race fail never ends, but haven't people learned anything?
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It's still going on? Seriously?*

I assume you guys all know where I stand on this sort of asshaberdashery. Other people have spoken far more eloquently than I have already.

* I mean, I know that race fail never ends, but haven't people learned anything?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (racist!)
It's too late for me to weigh in, even if I wanted to, and really, I don't want to beyond what I've left in comments in other people's LJs.

However. I am trying to pick up the Novel Of Doom again*. Not that I envision becoming a famous bestselling author or anything like that, but I have books in me that shall, I hope, one day come out. Not to mention what must be at least several books worth of blogulation—I do seem to write an awful lot of stuff.

All of this is to say, dear friends, that if at any time it appears that I'm not wearing pants, I'd much rather know than not. You'd tell me, right?

* I mean, seriously. It is halfway done, at least. I know how it ends. I also pretty much know what happens in the middle, and my only excuse for not having finished it a year ago is that I haven't been in the correct frame of mind to write it.

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