Honestly, the whole #oscarssowhite thing has just been EMBARRASSING and I really wish, as a white person, that all white people would stop talking (especially these two). At least the Academy is trying, though honestly I am so embarrassed.
ONTO BRIGHTER THINGS!! This week was the week that DC really cranked up its game. Not only is Supergirl continuing to brighten our lives, but THE WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL AIRED. Do you want a scene by scene analysis for a Wonder Woman nerd? I do.
We got some insight into how they’re approaching the character as well. Her film is going to be an origin story, though we didn’t get information about which one; rumours are it will be her New 52 origin, but everyone was vague. Gal Gadot said of the film, “We’re gonna see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” so it should establish her roots pretty solidly, whatever they may be in this incarnation.
Lightspeed Magazine is a Hugo Winning science fiction magazine that has been working on pushing marginalized voices into mainstream science fiction! Their newest project is PCS Destroy Science Fiction. They have only PoC writers and editors to do this, and it’s actually really awesome! People of Colour! Good Founding! I love it.
Now that we have a confirmed S2 for Jessica Jones, a lot of people are speculating excitedly where the show could go. Obviously, I want the next season to have a Hellcat origin story, and ComicsAlliance seems to indicated that that might happen. Honestly, I am less interested in Jessica’s childhood and her Stark connection, and more interested in the potentially connection with Marvel’s Agents of Shield (yes, i still love this goofy MARVEL show, no I am not ashamed of it).
While Jean Grey is never going to show up, an Avengers cameo is not entirely off the table — but Jessica Jones would probably have an easier time connecting to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She briefly had a relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain, who conveniently does not appear on the ABC series. The Netflix series could either introduce Clay or a similar character, which would establish a connection to the MCU and Agents, or they could have a more direct crossover with Agents via an established character from the ABC series — the former seems more likely.
Read More: Where ‘Jessica Jones’ Could Go in Season 2
Sometimes when I feel like a bad writer, I read a short story, because the short and quick writing lets me be immersed in a world quickly and comfortably. As a result, this weeks link-round up is repping some free short stories. One is from Lightspeed magazine, and the other two are from the small publishers BookSmugglers. I really loved the two short stories, one of which weaves in a lot of Indian mythology and cultural references, and the other which has middle-aged wlw as well as a wonderfully complex examination of fairytale tropes, so I was very pleased. Those are the only ones that I have read this week, but you can read a ton of awesome diverse fantasy short stories on the booksmugglers website! It’s actually a great resource if you are looking for short stories!
There was a really awesome interview with the Carol screenwriter on Fresh Air!
On the elements of Highsmith’s novel that Nagy most wanted to keep in the screen adaptation
Nagy: Two things. One was the radical way in which Patricia Highsmith addressed the sexuality of the protagonists in the novel as natural, as breathing — no particular thought given to what sexuality means to these women — but also an insistence on ignoring, more or less, the naysayers, which was another aspect of the novel that was profoundly radical. The second part of the things that I think makes the novel really resonate even today is Highsmith’s particular view of motherhood and what makes a good mother.
Oh you’re over Carol?? SOME OF US ARE NOT. (Read the article, if only for the ADORABLE PICTURES OF THE ACTRESSES ON SET)
The film includes a three-minute love scene between two A-list female stars, and yet what industry insiders (and audiences who made Carol the third-biggest opening of 2015 in terms of theater averages; it has grossed $8 million in limited run) have been buzzing about are the cinematography (Ed Lachman shot it on grainy 16mm) and striking sets (production designer Judy Becker worked with a limited palette of dusty pinks and acid greens). The characters in Carol exist in a time of deep sexual repression, but the climate today, in 2015, is so gay friendly (at least in Hollywood) that what was once taboo is now ordinary. “Those things are always awkward,” a blase-sounding Mara, 30, says of the on-camera tryst. “But it wasn’t any more challenging than any other love scene I’ve done, I’ll tell you that.”
This week showed a lot of discussion around the idea of people’s own stories (this week it was hashtagged as #ownstories) which reminded me of a super interesting conversation about the popularity of m/m, the fetishization of it, and the rejection of f/f as a result in YA fiction:
this links neatly to author Rose Lemberg’s tweets from this weekend (read the whole feed, since she makes some really awesome points):
I know Maddie and I are PSYCHED about the return of The X-Files, and so should you, and not just because there are eight tropes on tvtropes named after things in the X-Files:
“The X-Files” was a show about a certain mode of fear and style of conspiracy, and in the 14 years since it ended our culture has been overtaken by a new, more grim, more literal sense of fear. (The last season started on Nov. 11, 2001.) In the opening episode, the extended U.F.O. history lesson feels like a wrongheaded attempt to explain what all the excitement used to be about. In the exponentially better second and third episodes, the writers mostly ignore the time lapse, except to poke fun at Mulder’s incompetence with personal electronics. They’re confident that the show’s structure still stands up.
Hollywood is sexist? That sexism is damaging, and spawns more sexism? Weird. Didn’t know. I’m so happy graphs were created to prove it to me.
Adding further fuel to hopefully inspire serious change are new interactive graphs and charts that shine a damaging spotlight on Hollywood’s gender divide and its effects on films. Created by Lyle Friedman, Matt Daniels and Ilia Blinderman of Polygraph, an online publication that explores popular culture with data and visual storytelling, these impressive charts use data consolidated by the Bechdel Test website to visually show how the gender discrepancy in writers, directors and creators lead Hollywood films to fail the Bechdel test time and time again.
honestly, my only problem with people saying The Flash is Very Different and Much Better than Supergirl is that it smells like misogyny 2 me, especially when they do sketchy things like refer to Supergirl as “a romantic dramadey” and The Flash as “fun”…… (i’m linking this for you to share my embarrassment with me)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, Ann Leckie, the woman who wrote our book of the month, made a wonderful post about the poetics of sf, which reminded me of my wonderful producer, who is also a linguistics student. I actually love close reading of “pulp” and I think that her conclusion that the dismissal of the word choices can be very damaging to be amazing.