rhoda_rants: (loki)
Unpopular opinion time: I do not like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Finally watching the Starz adaptation that began airing this week confirmed all my previous feelings about it: while the ideas and imagery are arresting and will get your mind spinning in a good way, the delivery and characterizations left me cold. Also Shadow Moon is a very passive protagonist, the kind of character things happen to, rather than the kind who takes charge of his own storyline. I will say that Ricky Whittle does a fantastic job bringing pathos and empathy to very little meat in the way of action or dialogue, and I already like him better onscreen than I did on the page. It’s an original story with a black lead character and a substantial amount of media buzz. We should be glad it exists. Also I can’t WAIT to see Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, who is my favorite character in the book and so awesome he got his own spin-off novel, Anansi Boys. So at the same time I’m fascinated by it and want to watch / read it again? I dunno, it’s weird, and it’ll probably always feel that way to me.

Why even bring this up? Well, the central conflict in American Gods is one that stuck with me, regardless of how distancing I find the source material: the idea that gods need belief and regular worship to exist. The old gods of ancient civilizations are dying out because people either don’t believe in them anymore, or don’t even know about them anymore. The gods of old need believers much more than the general populace needs them, and the general populace needs to see themselves in their icons if they're going to invest any spiritual energy into them.

As you can probably tell, I’m revisiting that “evolution of hero worship” post I hinted at here. But I’m not here to talk about American Gods. Not yet. Instead I’m talking about the Thor movies again, Norse mythology in general, and Loki in particular.


GIF of Loki taking over Hall H at Comic Con
w text reading “Say My Name”

Source


Trust my rage. )
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.

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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.

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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. )
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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.

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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


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Me: Um, waiter? There seems to be a Lifetime Original Movie in my Monster Show.

Waiter: Ah yes--that’s the Amelia Special. A bland, unoriginal montage of soft-focused flashbacks served on a bed of pure apathy and irrelevance.

Me: Yeah, I didn’t order this.

Waiter: You don’t have to! The Amelia Special comes as a side-order to your main course. No extra charge.

Me: . . . Why?

Waiter: Well our new head chef thought our customers might appreciate something easily digestible to go with our usual fare of extra-rich, heavy melodrama.

Me: Why would anyone think that? Why do you think we come here?

Waiter: I can take it away and bring you something else if you like.

Me: How about french fries? I always liked the french fries here.

Waiter: You mean the Ruby Special? Sorry, we didn’t bring those back after Season 4. Can I bring you another side?

Me: Do you have another Designated Love Interest Special?

Waiter: Oh no, it’s just the Amelia Special. We just turn the plate 20 degrees counterclockwise and pretend it has different ingredients this time.

Me: Whatever, forget it--I’ll work around it. What else do you have?

Waiter: Well we’re mid-season now, so can I interest you in a stir fry of blatant racist stereo--

Me: No.

Waiter: Okay. We have a Continuity Casserole. It’s a bit burnt on top, but with a sharp enough meta analysis you should be able to get through to the seasonal plot line.

Me: Eh, not in the mood. Maybe next time. Let’s skip to dessert.

Waiter: Well we still have the All-American, your basic apples-and-hypermasculinity comfort food. And then there’s Angel Food--always a favorite, but it does run out rather quickly, and I can’t predict when we’ll have more. It just sort of disappears and shows up again pretty much at random.

Me: No worries, it’s been doing that for years. What else?

Waiter: We do have Subtext Strudel this year. We’ve been testing it out over the past couple seasons really, but I do think the recipe’s improving. Some people find it bittersweet, but it really depends on your palate. I recommend ordering it with the Rainbow Sherbet.

Me: Okay, yes. Bring me that. In fact, bring me two. What do I owe you?

Waiter: Just a little more of the time you should be spending working on your novel.

Me: . . . Crap.

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