rhoda_rants: (sam)
HI ALL!

First, that thing I was vaguely hinting about (and probably should have posted about sooner but never mind that now): I had the opportunity to write a guest article for Belladonna Horror Magazine! Check it out, I did the Lost Boys article!

In other news: I did not get either of the two jobs I was holding out for earlier this month, but I just got a call for another interview--still library stuff, still full-time, so fingers crossed for that one. Interview is on Monday! Send good vibes! I also created a LinkedIn profile but I have no clue how to navigate it yet. Give me time. I'll get there.

Nextly, we are ALL over Convention Week at the moment, even locally. The library's free con, FantaSci, is happening this weekend, so I'm going to go and meet Leanna Renee Hieber, author of Tor's "Strangely Beautiful" series (which I haven't read yet, but I will). She's doing a panel on the history of Gothic literature. So OBVIOUSLY I gotta be there for that.

Lastly, I have somehow inadvertently introduced Mom to Supernatural. It's entertaining. And kind of bizarre, since I haven't revisited Season 1 since I got through my whole binge-watch. (THEY LOOK SO YOUNG! OMG!) I'm recapping the adventure on Twitter with the hashtag #MomWatchesSupernatural.

Happy Wednesday!
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hi! A lot's been happening! And I wrote some stuff! Have a buncha links!!!

My Werewolf Pride series over at [personal profile] glitter_n_gore is . . . gonna go over Pride Month, actually, but screw it these things never work out how I expect them to. Here's the one on Lupin, and here's the one on Ethan Chandler from Penny Dreadful.

At the library, I wrote a thing about Wonder Woman and another thing about American Gods.

I also wrote a thing for the paper about Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, which I'm NOT linking elseweb because it's got a huge picture of my damn FACE. I'm cool with you guys seeing it, but what the hell. I dunno who took over their web master duties, but guest reviewer photos go on the BOTTOM. And are very small. The header should be an image of the actual book. Like, nobody knows who I am, that image is going to draw in zero readers. Also I dunno why some editors somehow make the grammar and spelling WORSE but I assure any mistakes you see in this article aren't mine this time. Pfft. /rant

Other things I did not write include: WAYWARD SISTERS!!! THAT LADY-CENTERED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF THE FANDOM HAS BEEN BEGGING FOR!!!! IT IS HAPPENING!!!!!!!! Here is one of many "OMG FLAIL FLAIL FLAIL (pleasedontfuckitup)" speculation/wishlist think pieces out there so I don't have to write one myself.

But I do have a few provisos to add to it. Putting these under a cut so they don't take up too much space....

Rhoda's Personal Wayward Sisters Wishlist )

MOVING ON:

Sense8, while still cancelled, is not ending on a cliffhanger as folks feared when the cancellation was announced. Lana Wachowski released this open letter describing a two-hour wrap up finale/followup type thing that will satisfy viewers' curiosity and give them some closure. It's not quite like bringing back the show altogether, but it's better than nothing. More importantly, this, along with the Wayward Sisters spinoff, proves that fans can get shit done. Network heads don't entirely ignore us and that's important to remember. I....just wish I actually *liked* Sense8 so I could share in this victory with you. I'm very happy for fans of the series that this is happening, but I uh, still haven't watched Season 2. (There are reasons for this, but seeing as this is a Happy Joy Yay Good Things time for the fandom, I'm not going to talk about them today.) I will say that announcing the cancellation of the most unapologetically queer show on Netflix at the beginning of Pride Month was a shit thing to do, so I'm glad they "fixed" it (sort of) while we're still in June. It's a small favor, but still.
rhoda_rants: (bucky)
If you somehow missed the foolishness in Marvel comics last weekend, this just happened.

This matters why? Well, it matters to me because I am a practicing Pagan with a strong affinity for Trickster archetypes and Norse mythology, and I just found out Neo-Nazis claim Thor’s hammer as one of their symbols. That messed me up a LOT. This must be a little like how moderate-to-liberal Christians feel when hard-right assholes do asshole things in the name of their God. Actually, there’s no end to the otherwise innocuous symbols fascist garbage people will glom onto: the original Swastika, jackboots, this John Carpenter movie for some reason, milk, New Balance sneakers, heavy metal, punk rock, and red shoelaces, to name just a few.

Although in fairness, I’m not sure whether the red shoelaces are a thing in real life or if that was invented for the movie Green Room. (Tangent: Watch Green Room. But gird your loins if you were especially fond of Anton Yelchin. It’s nasty. I watched it way sooner than I should have.)

Anyway, they’re apparently super into Norse stuff and vikings in general, because White People, or Superior Warrior Race, or something. Making Captain America a Nazi sympathizer was bad enough. Handing him Thor’s hammer and declaring him “worthy” of it is SO MUCH WORSE.


GIF of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers w/ text reading, “Son, just don’t.”
Source.


Go home, Spencer, you’re drunk. )
rhoda_rants: (leia)
One of the many rights of passage for a Harry Potter superfan is Sorting. In the early 2000s when the movies started filming, I came across a few Sorting Hat quizzes online, and almost always wound up in Ravenclaw. So, over time, despite not having joined the official site, I just got used to thinking of myself as a Ravenclaw. All my friends, both online and in meat space, expressed very little surprise when I told them this. "Yeah, that suits you," or "Well of course you are," were oft-repeated phrases. And once, from a beta reader, "Either that or Slytherin, obviously," which . . . I'll come back to.


GIF of Harry under the Sorting Hat muttering “Not Slytherin”


So imagine my surprise when the official, J. K. Rowling-approved Pottermore site put me in Gryffindor. "B-but I'm a Ravenclaw!" I sputtered at the screen in disbelief. Why did this bother me so much, and what does it have to do with The Chamber of Secrets?

Well. . .

I Was Wondering If You Put Me In the Right House )
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Possibly the most significant pop culture phenomenon that I watched unfold in real time is the Harry Potter franchise. This coming June marks the 20th anniversary of the first book coming out through Scholastic. And good lord, how was 1997 twenty whole years ago? So of course I had to do a retrospective. I hopped on the Hogwarts Express during what fandom calls the "Three Year Summer" - that painfully long stretch of time between the fourth and fifth books. During that time I started college, created an online handle that I still use to this day, and Warner Brothers began work on the movies, the first two of which I saw in theaters before the next book finally came out. So I was a little older than the target audience base in that first generation, but not by much. We early Millennials grew up with these characters, much like Generation X before us grew up with Star Wars.



You’re a Wizard, Harry! )
rhoda_rants: (scarlet witch)
So Netflix is adapting Death Note. In Seattle. With lots more sex and violence, apparently.



Cue up "Zetsubou Billy," grab your potato chips, and sit down, because I have Feelings about this.

I. Am. JUSTICE. )
rhoda_rants: (hermione)
Once upon a time, I decided to do a Disney Princess retrospective. I got stuck after Aladdin because Pocahontas comes immediately after that one and I hated it, BUT. I did review 1991's Beauty and the Beast before I cashed out. (Side note: One day I am going to go back and fix all the dead links and filtered image uploads in my port over from LJ, but today is not that day.)

In the ongoing trend of Disney swallowing its own tail, I mean going after nostalgic cash grabs, I mean creating live action reinventions of their most beloved animated features, the next one in the queue is my mother's very favorite Disney movie. I also have a strong amount of personal fondness for it, and Belle is probably my favorite Disney princess after Elsa in Frozen. (Tiana from the criminally under-appreciated Princess and the Frog is tied in that second-place slot, by the way.) It's been on my list since I found out it was happening. Regardless of the stellar cast and gorgeous trailer, there was no way I was going to not see this movie in theaters, with Mom.



But here's why I'm talking about it today: They are making LeFou gay. Let the overreactive pearl-clutching begi--WELL DAMN, THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG.

Read more... )
rhoda_rants: (spn pride)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a television series in possession of good ratings must be in want of a queer ship.

Somewhat less universally acknowledged is the fact that queer shippers are the most hated sub-category of any given fandom. Even *less* well known is the fact that, according to the Ao3 census from a few years back, the creators and consumers of fanfic and fanart revolving around slash are overwhelmingly queer women. I’ve been in fandom for over twenty years. These criteria do not change. Ever.

Hi!

I’m officially caught up on Supernatural, and I’ve spent the past few days wandering through the “Dean Winchester Is Totally Bisexual” corners of Tumblr and YouTube. Quick by-the-by for the new kids in the room: I came to the same conclusion around the midpoint of my binge-watching journey, but held off on reading other meta supporting this theory. And since diving into the rabbit hole OH MAN. There is SO MUCH MORE that I didn’t even notice.



Four Part Gif Set showing
1: A woman’s legs framing shot of Dean looking on and ogling.
2: Same as 1, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.
3: Dean smiling sheepishly at a male police officer, who smiles sheepishly back.
4: Same as 3, with Sam coming into the shot to steer him away.

Source: http://theplushbear.tumblr.com/post/37195228750


That sound you’re hearing is my head asploding with the implications of the subtext that’s been there THE WHOLE TIME. This is what y’all do between seasons, isn’t it? Go back through every single episode digging for nuggets of queerness? I’m so there. Also, I learned a new word: Polysemy. Read this discussion. It is utterly fascinating, quite brilliant, and an excellent example of what I love best about fandom.

Aaaaaanyway, shall we talk about what happened last week? Because it was kind of a big deal. But first I need to back up a smidge: I need to talk about Chuck Shurley.

Read more... )
rhoda_rants: (twixt)
I decided I was gonna make a list of cult horror references in Supernatural when I got caught up, and that time has arrived. If I went into every single horror reference I noticed over the seasons--not to mention the many cult movie icons who keep showing up as secondary characters (OMG it's Ginger! And Freddy! AND ALESSA!!!)--I'd never get off this one post. So I pared it down to my favorites, and tried to keep it in the realm of the slightly more obscure stuff that the average1 Supernatural fan might not have noticed.

1Keeping in mind that "average" is a misnomer at best. What I mean is people for whom this is the closest to horror they like to get, which includes the girl who got me into it in the first place. (Hi Gothie! *waves*)

Spoilers, Y'all! )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
Hiya!

I haven't been able to keep up with the shiny new f'list as much as I'd like, but I'll figure it out eventually. I'm popping in to say the same thing I said on Twitter earlier today: I'm pulling back from political stuff and focusing exclusively on fandom and fluff for a while. Because I am not mentally equipped to do anything else. Not forever, but for a while.

That means I've been pulling back from talking to anyone online who posts a lot of political stuff, even if I agree with them, because I can't with the firestorm of negativity right now. I was struggling for a bit, telling myself, "But this is important, you need to be aware of what's happening to your country, especially if it's shitty," but then the depression and anxiety kicks in, and then it gets...bad. There was one particular incident that tipped me over into, "GET OFF TWITTER IT IS LITERALLY MAKING YOU SICK" but I'm not going to get into it here.

I'm still recapping, but that's it. I'm still posting meta-theory here, but I'm taking a break from the other fans. Again, not forever, but for a while.

Let's watch some Troll Hunter.
rhoda_rants: (twixt)
Hey, remember last recap when I was talking about how I don’t see the Dean/Castiel thing as “queerbaiting” and this show is one of the things I’m clinging to so as not to focus on how much the world sucks right now?

Yeah.


GIF of Felicia Day w text saying 'You Can Go Fuck Yourself.'


Long, ranty post is long and ranty. Welcome to the reason I picked this username. )
rhoda_rants: (bucky)

Behold! Rhoda’s First Post of 2017!!



Welcome, new friends! Fellow LJ migrants! DW veterans! Ficcers, shippers, and meta posters! Movie buffs and streaming bingers!



I, uh, watched a lot of movies last year. SO for my first official post of 2017, I’m doing a MASSIVE breakdown of the stuff I actually caught in theaters. Since this is my first DreamWidth post, I’m still working on getting all the photos ported over here, so anything that links to Glitter n Gore is going to the LJ account until I get it fixed. Bear with me; I’ll make it work eventually. Meanwhile--movies! Let’s talk about those.

Capsule reviews below! )

What were some of YOUR favorite movie experiences from 2016?
rhoda_rants: (Default)
i.e. the other thing that keeps me from losing it altogether. This is what I've been *trying* to post about for weeks, and all the shitty news keeps making it feel like it doesn't matter and why do I bother? I recap because this means something to me. It's a lifeline that I desperately need right now.

I have written, scrapped, and rewritten this one post more times than I care to count. And I find myself dancing around the subject or going off on tangents rather than addressing it directly like I want to. The main point I’m circling over and over is this: critics of Supernatural, specifically other LGBT+ fans who are bloggers or professional reviewers, have called it out for this thing called “queerbaiting,” pointing to several instances in specific episodes as evidence. The problem is I am looking at those same instances, in those same episodes, and feeling like someone’s given my actual, lived experience as a queer person a voice and a platform for the first time in my entire life.

READ MORE )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
The theme of Season 9 so far seems to be variations on the following:

DEAN: But we’re faaaaaamily!

SAM: You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Rhoda's Theory: How you react to the final confrontation scene in “The Purge” is entirely dependent on which one of them you think is actually in the right.



I’ve been following Mark Watches recaps of all the episodes for a while, partly because it keeps me from getting lost, and partly because of the fandom commentary in the comment section I would otherwise miss. There seem to be only two possible interpretations here. Rather, I’ve only observed two interpretations in my limited interactions with the greater fandom, so do correct me if I’m wrong, but first let me extrapolate a bit.

Read more... )
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I haven’t talked much about Dean in these recaps. Let’s do this.

A couple basics first:

1) I’m hardly the first Supernatural fan to pick up on Dean’s probable bisexuality. I’m not even the first bisexual female slash shipper to pick up on this. But I am interested in exploring this on my own before digging into the other meta.

2) I’m starting not from a “One could interpret things this way if they so choose” perspective, but more “Holy shit, this is blindingly obvious, you’d have to wear heavy-duty straight-blinders NOT to see it.” I am playing my Death of the Author card somewhat, but . . . keep this in mind.

3) There are people who refer to this sort of thing as “queerbaiting.” I am not one of those people. Let me tell you why.


It’s good to be the Queen


Read more. . . )
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Yeah, I need a moment. The marathon will continue after I gather the pieces of my heart up off the floor. This is going to be somewhat more disorganized than usual. Bear with me.


Current mood: Overwhelmed by Feels.


Here’s something I just realized: somewhere between deciding to actually watch this properly, then getting hooked to the point of wanting to continue watching more episodes because it’s a lot smarter and more self-aware than I expected, and getting gut-punched by Season 2 in general, and by Episode 17, “Heart,” in particular (it’s about werewolves)--I have become a FAN of Supernatural. Because you know, I was kind of holding it at arm’s length before, mostly because of all the Problematic Issues people have warned me about. However, I was intrigued because so many of my favorite people seem to love it despite its issues, so I wanted to know what was so goddamn special about it.

BRACE FOR SPOILERS AND SO MUCH ANGST )
rhoda_rants: (hanson)
So, every couple years or so I check in with Hanson. If you've been around any length of time on this blog, you've probably noticed. I've been a fan for nineteen years and six albums now--not counting the demo recordings, live albums, the Christmas album, songs written for movie soundtracks, and rare exclusives they throw in as a bonus disc if you buy the live DVDs or behind-the-scenes stuff. According to iTunes, I actually have fifteen albums. And I don't even have access to the fanclub EPs. (Yet.) The reason I check in with them every couple of years or so is that they are always working on something new. Also, since Taylor is my age, and I kind of grew up with this music as they were growing up themselves and growing as artists, I see particular albums as signposts for my life. Each release connects to a different memory. I imagine I'm not the only Fanson who feels that way. (Yes, that's what we call ourselves.)

You know what's weird about Hanson though? With the nostalgia for all things 90s wafting through the stratosphere these days, I feel like that first album--particularly the song "MMMBop"--has become retroactively cool in a way it just wasn't in 1997. I've talked before about the dismissive fuckery I have put up with my entire adult life for being a fan, and it was no easier in the early days. People lump them in with TRL regulars like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys in terms of both fanbase and the surrounding culture, but that's not really accurate. When "MMMBop" first came out, young teenagers weren't listening to pop music. We were listening to Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, REM, Alice In Chains, Live, Garbage--it was a VERY different scene. So if you were the one 14-year-old in the mall covertly trying to buy a copy of Middle of Nowhere while your friends were in the back of the music store, you had no one to geek out with. And I mean no one.

Meanwhile, we Millennials have grown up into twenty-and-thirty-something bloggers, content creators, and artists, and we've started looking at the culture of our childhood with fresh eyes. There's a whole fleet of vloggers devoted to critiquing and analyzing our favorite things from the 90s. One such vlogger is Todd In the Shadows, Channel Awesome's resident pop music expert. Last year he did a One Hit Wonderland episode on Hanson, and "MMMBop," which is a pretty good refresher course on their career up till now.

Well, sort of:


ONE HIT WONDERLAND: "MMMBop" by Hanson from Todd in the Shadows on Vimeo.



Read more. . . )
rhoda_rants: (eleven)
ETA: This entry is now public, temporarily, because something's gone wrong with my layout and I need the tech folks to look at it and help it work out what the crap happened.

Yep, my internet's still a touch wonky. Restarting helps, but I don't want to do that every day if I can avoid it. Hm. Maybe the universe is telling me to get offline a bit more? I dunno.

Also, my iPod is throwing one of its semi-monthly hissy fits by not playing when I hit "play." It's a Shuffle, and not that fancy, so I don't know if it's just old or what, but I really don't want to buy a new one. I need my running mix, man!

sorcery

Stupid machines. . .

SO! If you haven't heard about this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge business, my library has done it--not comfortable posting videos of Real Life people who aren't me, but trust me, it was hilarious. Here's the deal: in order to raise awareness, you A) make a donation and tell people about it, 2) dump a bucket of ice water on yourself WHILE FILMING, and "nominate" three others to take the challenge, 3) both. Some celebrities have gotten in on it too, including Matt Damon, George Takei, and Matt Smith. The thing is going viral on a Real Life and Fandom level for me, which is all kinds of awesome.

Speaking of awesome: At the library yesterday, this poor girl was trying oh-so-discreetly to ask me if we had any albums for One Direction and another boy band I've already forgotten the name of. (5 Something? I dunno--we didn't have it, still waiting on an order I think.) But she was all shy and worried about her "reputation" going down because of listening to this music instead of . . . whatever the kids think is ~Cool these days, I don't know. And I had the pleasure of saying, "Listen: I have five Backstreet Boys CDs in my car right now. You have nothing to be ashamed of." Maybe it's a leap to hope she'll assume that I'm awesome and worth listening to, but librarians are generally better thought of than, say, teachers or parents, at least from what I remember. I also remember how much shit I put up with back in the 90s when I was in high school, and how little any of that matters now. As an aside, all the One Directioners I've encountered have been consistently groovy and sweet. I'll probably never be a fan, but they must be doing something right, because their fans are such good kids.

Speaking of fandom: Yes, I've seen the Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who, and yes, I have a Thing to say about it. When I finish organizing my thoughts. I'll just leave you with this: What if my dream had come true and they HAD cast Emma Watson as Twelve? Just let your imagination run with that a bit. You're welcome! ^_^
rhoda_rants: (freddie lounds)
Hey gang! So I was out of the town the past couple days. I was expecting to have Internet, which I did, but I didn't get any time to do anything with my computer. I mean ANY. More about that later. In the meantime--Icons!!

Here's a preview:



More Under Here! )

The usual house rules apply--no hotlinking, no jacking of credit. Also, it occurs to me I haven't done any wallpapers in a while. Anyone have any requests?

ETA: Two wallpapers under the cut!

HIM and MCR, respectively. )
rhoda_rants: (heather mason)
PSA: This post is now Public. It wound up being more culturally relevant than I originally anticipated. Just an FYI to my regular followers.

Mrs. Jon Snow

Mrs. Rhoda Snow

Mrs. Nightingale-Snow

Rhoda Rant-Snow


I've had a revelation.

So, you know how I like to whine about how much I loathe love stories in general, and Romance (TM) in particular? Well, I don't think it's the genre. Or even my orientation, which I admit makes it damn near impossible to relate to the whole Love At First Sight thing (or the more common Lust At First Sight thing) that most pairings in romantic stories are built on. Or even the deliberately formulaic setup that most of the stories are forced to comform to, given the rigid structure and explicit rules laid out in genre romance. (Seriously, the rules and expecations in genre romance are amazingly stringent--I take my hat off to anyone who can write a compelling story while abiding by them.)

It's not any of those things. Not really. It's the fact that, no matter how many romances I pick up, the heroes are invariably not what I'm looking for in my unrealistic, idealized fantasy man and therefore I can't be arsed to care about the Happily Ever After. If you can't fall in love with the hero in a romance, you're not gonna get on board with the love story. What I've never been able to do (until now) is put my finger on what sort of hero I'm actually interested in. I just didn't put much effort into seeking out love stories after being disappointed, annoyed, bored, or just plain insulted by them over and over. Leading off that, I assumed the sort of character I could get really excited about and want a love story from just didn't exist.

I was wrong. Technically this character is not a romantic hero, because the universe he inhabits is a grimdark epic fantasy. But he does exist. His name is Jon Snow.

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Spoilers, Speculation and Gushing below. . . )

On a completely different note, for those of you who didn't see my ETA last time: I am caught up on Hannibal. We'll talk about it LATER. Because I have QUESTIONS. About stuff that happened LAST SEASON. (I'm not angry, just bewildered and slightly traumatized.)

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