11 things to last until next week

Nov. 25th, 2014 10:57 pm
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1. Like many people (and I assume everyone reading this) I'm angry and outraged about the decision to not indict Darren Wilson. I'm also aware that the fact that my main emotion being anger and not fear for myself or my family is very much a privilege, and that's something that's easy to lose sight of.

2. I love my family, but every Thanksgiving, I start to reconsider being a lifelong tee-totaller because more than two of them in a room and suddenly I'm choking on extra-Conservative Republican sentiments. I do more non-committal grunting on Thanksgiving Day than I do the entire rest of the year.

3. The problem with the subbed telenovelas that I've been watching is that they're from Spain. Which is, in fact, not actually a legitimate problem at all, but while I'm far from fluent, the Spanish that I'm used to is Mexican-Spanish, which is a different thing entirely from the Spanish spoken in Spain, and a couple times an episode, I'll catch a language difference that breaks my stride a bit.

4. Also, when you watch telenovelas on Hulu, you get Spanish commercials, including for telenovelas. My favorite commercial is one where these two guys are very seriously and slowly stripping of their shirts in the rain on a beach to have a duel. Though I have to pause to laugh for 5 minutes every time.

5. Relatedly: Internet, I love Jane the Virgin, you love Jane the Virgin. Jane the Virgin is not the only show on US TV with a Latina lead. I know most people haven't heard of Happyland (the poor souls) but I know you know about Devious Maids because you're happy to tear it down to build Jane the Virgin up, even though I'm pretty sure you never bothered to watch it. (I mean, I quit listening to you any that point anyway, but...)

6. Also relatedly, I love it when people criticize shows for having female characters who are better developed than the male characters, like its actually a serious problem that needs to be fixed.

7. Also also relatedly, Nicholas Gonzales (or his twin) was in this week's Jane the Virgin. Which I watched right before this week's Sleepy Hollow, making me extra bitter about Hawley's continued presence.

8. The last 2 episodes of Sleepy Hollow have done a lot to help the show recover from...well, most of the episodes after the season premiere, but it's still not nearly as enjoyable as the first season. Here's hoping the back half of the season (or even next week's episode) is better.

9. Trailer for the upcoming live action Cinderella movie:

Unlike some other fairy tales, I'm not sure there's a whole lot of exploring left to do with Cinderella, but it's certainly one of the most popular ones. For the most part, it looks like a fairly straightforward adaptation of the animated movie, but with more character development. i'm glad to see that there's going to be focus on Cinderella's mother, but not so much that it seems to tie into Cinderella being going and sweet and virtuous in her suffering. That said, I am looking forward to it, though not as much as some of the other recent fairy tale movies.

10. I'm still really, really enjoying the Akatsuki no Yona anime, but i'm starting to get a bit worried. Aside from the flash-forwards in the first few episodes, the anime has, so far, been very faithful to the manga, and it's very fast paced and a ton of stuff happens every episode, but we're 1/3 through the anime (unless I'm mistaken about it being slated for 24 episodes?) and still on I think volume 3 of the manga. At this rate, we won't have Yona having gathered the 4 dragons until the last few episodes of the anime, not leaving room for much else to happen after unless they start cutting things out. Ideally, i'd like the series to be 3-4 24-episode seasons with a few months off in between to let the manga stay a bit ahead, but I doubt that will happen.

11. Is anyone else watching Star Wars: Rebels? I think it's starting to pick up with the last couple episodes introducing more of a meta-arc. Though, being set a few years before A New Hope, I'm concerned that this is going to be a ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES thing.

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Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:42 pm
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 Hulu has Juana la Virgen, the telenovela that Jane the Virgin is based on, streaming.  But without subtitles, I believe, hopefully saving me from temptation.  (I say "hopefully" because I have enough context and can follow some Spanish [well, Mexican-Spanish, not so much Spain-Spanish, which is both very similar and totally different] so I might actually be OK without subtitles, but I'm already watching a few telenovelas as it is.)

But someone who can follow along should watch it and tell me if it really is as faily as I've heard.  From other comments I've read about Juana la Virgen, CW apparently looked for  the failiest telenovels it could find and rewrote it to be both a glorious sendup to all things telenovela, and a deconstruction of perceived gender and cultural roles.

ETA:  Based on the picture Hulu  is using to promote Juana la Virgen, it looks like rumors may be true that Juana is a teenager and Rafael-or whatever his name is in that- is 30-ish.

Madam Secretary 1.4-1.9

Nov. 21st, 2014 09:28 pm
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spoilers )

I'm also current on Jane the Virgin, Happyland, The 100, Sleepy Hollow, State of Affairs and How to Get Away With Murder, but don't feel up to writing them up right now.  Feel free to ask me any questions about my thoughts on whatever in comments.  (Ok, i've gone on EXTENSIVELY about one thing in The 100 on twitter, but sometimes you have to get ranting out of your system.)

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Nov. 19th, 2014 09:46 pm
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 Has anyone who uses Android upgraded to Android 5.0 yet?  Is it a good upgrade?

(I ask primarily because for a couple weeks after the last upgrade, my Nexus's power drained a lot faster than it had before, but that did eventually stop.)

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Nov. 18th, 2014 11:55 pm
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This was a somewhat awkward book, primarily because it's the book that marks the end of part one of the series, and also because it's the book that marks the series switching over to hardcover format. There's a character list at the beginning and a narrative prologue in the form of (IIRC) Barabas writing a journal entry to catch people up, but the book is burdened down not only by having to wrap up most of the plots that were building up to this point, but also having to explain what's going on to people who picked it up in hardcover but hadn't read the previous ones. So it's good, but awkward and/or clunky in places.

spoilers )

For a bit of amusement, I was looking at Amazon reviews earlier and there was a reviewer very put out because she hadn't know Andrews was a husband/wife team and declared it "subterfuge" because it hadn't been spelled out in previous books. Except that it was officially declared after...what, the third book? And has been part of the author bio everywhere (including Amazon) since then. And it wasn't exactly a secret before then, it just wasn't official.

And I get not knowing if you don't go to author websites and blogs and online review sited and haven't read other reviews (because quite a
few have mentioned it over the years). I mean, it's a bit of a stretch for me, but, I mean, SUBTERFUGE. I wonder if they get put out every time they learn an author's name is a penname, and not the author's real one. (And if they realize how many authors have written under more than one name, and how many pennames are for collaborations.)

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Nov. 16th, 2014 11:49 pm
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These are dragons that I'm giving to friends in tomorrow's registration window for Flight Rising. They're all currently for sale on the site, but I'll take them down as soon as someone expresses interest. If you see more than one that you like, I'll most likely post what's left to [community profile] flight_rising Tuesday or Wednesday, and you can ask again there.

(Shoud such things sway you, most of these dragons are the offspring of characters named for Studio Ghibli, Clamp, Skip-Beat!, Angel Sanctuary and Samurai Deeper Kyo characters.)

here )

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Nov. 16th, 2014 06:01 pm
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 I just finished watching season 2 of Witches of East End and I really love that show (despite the fact that literally everything about it when it comes to race makes me want to bash my face into the keyboard) however...

exceptionally annoyed spoiler )

And then I went to see when season 3 was going to start, only to learn that it was cancelled.  Off to be sad now, as opposed to posting actual thoughts.  (But for those who were still watching, feel free to comment about anything in the show that you want my opinions on.)

Big Hero 6

Nov. 16th, 2014 04:07 pm
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I feel with this, Frozen, and Wreck-It Ralph, Disney is really entering another golden age (I know, all the critics say that...), which makes me happy despite all my issues with Disney because Disney is so much of my childhood. I was afraid Big Hero 6 was going to be too pop-culture-referencing and wink-wink-nudge-nudge, as well as being afraid that the main character would annoy me (that's my biggest issue with How to Train Your Dragon) and that the blend of San Francisco and Tokyo would feel pasted on and Orientalist. Instead, it's a really good movie that made me cry more than once, has some great relationships, and did what I thought was a pretty impressive job of balancing gender roles and portrayals as well as having POC representation.

(That said, Disney, I will be so happy if you make your next geek-oriented movie with a female lead!)

Also, the marketing department did a really good job with the trailer; I think it only goes into the first half hour of the movie and doesn't let on to some pretty big things while keeping the overall tone of the movie.

What most impressed me about the trailer was how the first ten or fifteen minutes of the movie completely recontextualizes a lot of the scenes, so even if you've seen them a lot, there's more there when you see them again in the movie. As I mentioned, I was worried I would be annoyed at Hiro, and I kind of was... and then they introduced another character that helped a lot. Then when something happens and Hiro gets acquainted with Baymax the robot, it adds a new emotional layer to all the boy-plus-robot scenes from the trailer. Also, Baymax is hilarious and adorable, as the best companion robots seem to be. (Are there any girl-and-robot stories that mix coming of age with teaching your robot how to be more human or something? Boy-and-robot seems to be a distinct subgenre, with this, The Iron Giant, Terminator 2, and probably more I can't think of right now.)

Cultural appropriation, gender, and other considerations )

I am talking a lot about the more political aspects of the movie and not focusing on just how fun the movie is, I think partly because so much of it is in the background and not that noticeable if you aren't looking for it. I thought this was a really great example of how to have diverse characters and places and make it feel organic and not the central issue of the story, and it's what I would love to see more of, especially in genre stuff.

A lot of the reviews I've read were tired of the whole superhero thing, but I did not realize it was a superhero movie going in (I had it more pegged as an Iron Giant thing), so when Hiro starts seeing everyone as a superhero team, it totally cracked me up. Because if you are a boy with a giant robot and a 3D printer, why not?

And finally, I LOVED how the entire movie was a celebration of engineering and science and making things; one of my favorite parts is Tadashi showing Hiro his "nerd school" and how clearly he loves it. I feel I should say so much more about this, because it was a huge part of why I loved the movie so much (that, and the Tadashi-Hiro relationship) and I've spent so many words on the background stuff. Except I don't really have anything outside of how much I love it and how much they made an effort to show that the whole maker culture thing isn't solely a white guy thing.

On a completely random note, I'm amused by the Disney-Pixar-Marvel mashup so that the movie has the now-famous animation short a la Pixar and the post-credits scene a la Marvel.

The Good, The Bad, and The Good again

Nov. 13th, 2014 02:11 pm
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 1.  Flight Rising is having another registration window next Monday.  Which seems to be very close to the last one, given how long the wait was between the window I enrolled under, and the last one.  Once again, if you join (and you should) I will give you a dragon and STUFF.  And be available to you for questions.

2.  Two of my shows in as many weeks have had a woman who is a main character falsely accuse a man of assault to further her own ends.  Because, I mean, we don't have enough problems with society and the law judging and condemning abused women as it is without acclaimed media actively enforcing the idea that women fake assault charges.

If you don't know which shows I'm talking about, I can tell you in comments.

3.  Neither show, though was The 100, which I binged on last week and really like, despite a lukewarm start.  I should blather at you about it, except that I have an episode to watch as soon as I post this...

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Nov. 12th, 2014 08:42 pm
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What are you currently reading

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

What did you recently finish reading?

The Foundling, and Other Tales of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Several short stories set in the world of the Chronicles of Prydain, but before the main series. Mostly backstories about characters in the series and stories that were told during it, all pretty enjoyable. My favorite was the story about Eilonwy's mother.

The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal. The fourth Maggie Hope mystery, and one with a title which only relates to about the last 50 or so pages of the book. Centered around the days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this one was a bit odd. MacNeal's audience is primarily American, as far as I know, so Pearl Harbor takes a fair bit of narrative priority in this one. The mystery that Maggie is involved in is almost perfunctory (I would have rather spent the time dealing with her PTSD after the previous book, and her Baby Spies seeing her as a demonic taskmaster) and most of the rest is setting things up for future installments, which look to be changing things up some. Not a bad or disappointing book, but a bit different from what I was expecting.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom. It's been long enough since I read a superhero crossover event that I had forgotten how inconsistent characterization and costuming can be with them. Errr...I was mostly confused by this. If I were caught up with X-stuff in general, I think I would have been into it, but as it is, I was mostly left with irritation at "Jubilee will grow up to be just like Woverine! But angrier and shriekier and irrational. I mean, she is a girl."

X-Men: Muertas by Brian Wood and Terry Dodson. I followed this one more easily than I did Primer and Battle of the Atom, mostly because most of the events were directly related to events in those two volumes, though I have no idea where Rogue went off too. I'm glad there was a mini Gen-X reunion this quickly into my dipping my toes back into superhero comics after years away, but wish there had been more Jubilee/Monet interaction.

Toradora vol 1-4 by Yuyuko Takemiya. Romantic comedy light novel series about a boy who looks like a scary gangster but is actually a sweet and harmless pacifist addicted to cleaning, and a tiny cute girl who's actually extremely rude and violent. They have crushes on the other's respective best friend, and join forces to help the other out. What I've read is entertaining and usually cute, but I don't see myself reading another 6 books about it, especially since it's starting to veer into fanservice territory and having an increasing "cute and helpless" aspect to the heroine ,despite her forceful personality. I do think I'll watch the anime, though.

Coffin Hill Vol 1 by Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda. Eve Coffin is a police officer who returns to her hometown after being shot and leaving the force. The catch is that Eve comes from a long line of dark witches, and a monster she let loose as a teenager is back and abducting teenagers in the woods. I thought it was a minseries when I picked it up an the library, but it's an ongiong series. It's a bit bloody for my taste, but I like Eve and the mythology, and am interested in seeing what happens next.

Ao Haru Ride/Blue Spring Ride Vo l1-4 by Io Sakisaka. Enjoyable but sometimes frustrating shoujo who meets her junior high crush in high school, only to find him with an entirely different personality. for the most part, it's very enjoyable with lots of friendshipping with Futaba (the heroine) and the other girls who join her in the student council. The romance is...also enjoyable, but also irritating. A lot of it is sustained by "something is about to happen, but isn't yet" and Futaba's love interest, Kou, is prone to "standoffish shoujo jerk moments. He's far from the worst about that, but a bit of a disappointment after Ren from Strobe Edge, who was really refreshing in that regard, and there's at least one time when his treatment of Futaba made me angry. I've heard some things about future volumes that make me leery, but I've enjoyed it so far, so I'm sticking with it. The anime adapts the first 4 volumes of the manga, minus the last chapter of volume 4, and is extremely faithful. The OAD is about Kou and Futaba's quasi-relationship in junior high, but only the last few minutes has anything significant that wasn't covered in flashbacks in the main anime/manga.

Barakamon Vol 1-2 by Satsuki Yoshino. Handa Seishu is a young calligrapher who gets exiled to an island by his father after he punches the curator of an exhibition for saying Seishu's work is boring. On the island, he constantly gets caught up in the goings on of the locals, particularly the local children and teenagers, when he's supposed to be working on making his calligraphy not-boring. And learning how to not punch old men for offering criticism. He very quickly becomes that guy who sits down to work after lunch and goes out to get a toy out of a tree so the local kids will stop yelling, and then suddenly it's getting dark and he didn't notice because the kids kept him that busy. The main local he interacts with is Naru, a 7 year old girl, and one of the children who used Seishu's house as a hangout while it was abandoned. (The youths collectively decide that occupation is no deterrent.) I find it a sad commentary on a lot of anime that there was zero sexualization of of a young girl being overly attached to the much older male protagonist. It's a very entertaining series. The first 5 or so episodes follow the first two volumes of the manga pretty faithfully, though some events are moved around a bit, based on my recollection of early anime episodes, and a few scenes didn't get animated.

And I think that's everything that i haven't posted on separately since I last did this.

What do you think you'll read next?.

The rest of Magic Breaks, probably start reading Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.
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