maychorian: (A:TLA - Katara from behind)
Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] dotfic for pointing me to this amazing music vid.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YrcHR_G8-Y

There are a lot of reasons to hate the live-action Last Airbender movie, not least of which being the switcheroo of brown heroes and pale villain to pale heroes and brown villain (that whole issue literally makes me sick). But I was warned about that part--I knew it was coming. Since hearing more details of what the movie changed from the series, there's another difference that actually makes me grit my teeth with rage, and that is the reduction of Katara.

No, I have not seen the movie, but I read plenty of reviews and analysis and talked to people who have seen it, both fans of the series and not. I know enough to make a judgment without wasting my time or money on a movie that ruined something I love. (And oooooh, I love this series so much. It's one of my favorite things in the world and they blew a golden opportunity and I am angry and disappointed and grief-stricken.) If you're going to tell me that I can't judge it without seeing it for myself, just...don't.

If you have ever trusted my advice or my judgment, believe me when I say that you should not watch that movie. Don't waste your time and resources. But you should definitely watch the series. I don't care who you are, I don't care if you think you're too old for cartoons or you don't like anime or fantasy or you're just not interested. Every time someone says they haven't watched the show for any of those reasons, something cute and fluffy dies. I am so serious about this. Stop killing cute and fluffy things and go watch this series. It is so unbelievably amazing, I can't even tell you.

I'm gonna try though, starting with just how wonderful all of the female characters are. Spoilers below, especially for certain season 1 episodes. )

I'm very glad that Avatar: The Last Airbender exists. Not only because I love it and I enjoy watching and rewatching it, but I'm also glad that my little sisters have such a quality show in their lives. They love this show, they watch it over and over and over, and I enjoy watching it with them. I'm glad they have these examples of amazing women, women who are strong and capable, but also free to be themselves, sometimes weak and sad, sometimes making bad and wrong decisions, but finding the strength to stand up again and do the right thing. I'm glad for entertainment like this to show young girls that they can be anything they want to be.

And my geeky friends love it too. More than once, before sitting down to play RPG or other nerdy games, we've watched an episode (or more) of Avatar together. And these are mostly people in their mid to late twenties, geeks, yes, but hardly children, and we all agree that this show is one of the best we've ever seen.

I despise the very existence of the movie. Everything about it is just wrong. But I'm so very, very glad that the show exists.

Is there anything else I can say to convince you? You should watch this series. You really, really should.
maychorian: (big bang '10)
My Big Bang icon has never been so appropriate.

I know a lot of people are tired of hearing about this. But I haven't stopped thinking about it. And so I'm going to say even more about fandom and how we talk about things like the latest unfunny business. If you're not interested, please do scroll on by.

Here's the thing: I keep being struck, over and over again, by how very different this discussion is than the last one. Last time it was about someone in fandom making bone-headed statements about sexual assault, blaming the victims, and continuing and continuing to NOT GET why that was offensive. This time it was about someone in fandom making a bone-headed story full of unconscious racism, and so on, same thing. Similar circumstances, different issues. And the biggest difference was not in the form of the bone-headedness or the non-apology apologies afterward, but in the way fandom reacted to the two separate incidents. Or rather, reacted to the reaction.

In both cases, there was a little mud-slinging at the beginning, but then people settled down to talking about it seriously. In both cases, some people didn't get what the problem was, especially those who were in a position to never have to deal with the issues at hand. In both cases, the instigators' friends stuck up for them in varying degrees of ferociousness. And that's where things start not being quite so analogous.

When people understood the facts of the victim-blaming business, almost everyone backed down. I saw SO MANY people change their minds about whether or not this was okay. It was incredibly heartening, as a victim of sexual assault myself, to see so many people who got it, who were on my side, who looked at the facts objectively and agreed with me that "This is not okay." I had never been more proud of my flist and my fandom. Sure, there were the rare exceptions, but everyone I knew and respected was with me.

Do you remember? I wrote a post about it. I was very angry. I used bad words. I allowed no room for dissent. I told the person who had said the hurtful things to STFD and STFU (mostly because she had used that language herself, but even if she hadn't I might have used it anyway).

No one told me to watch my tone. No one told me that even though I had a right to be angry, I still shouldn't talk like that. No one said that because she hadn't meant to be so hurtful, I should be more understanding and forgiving. No one was worried about her feelings (with maybe one exception, and at least if they did they didn't respond to my post). The comments I got were overwhelmingly positive and supportive of me and my pain.

I'd like to think that if I was a person of color who had been hurt by the latest business and chose to post about it, the responses would have been similar. But I don't know, you guys. This is making me doubt.

This time we had all kinds of derailing going on. And the tone argument came up again and again and again and again. People didn't want to educate themselves. Many, many folks were (and are) more concerned with their own comfort level than the comfort level of people who are vulnerable to hurt.

What makes the difference? I keep thinking about it. Why were these two situations with similar beginnings, similar middles, similar ends, and in the SAME GROUP OF PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET so, so different?

And what I've got is that fandom is a female-dominated space, which is why the first time worked out all right. But it's also a white-dominated space, like just about everything is most spaces are in the English-speaking world (edited for poor wording). And so this happens.

That means we have problems, you guys. Fandom has problems. We all have problems. We need to work to fix them. If some kinds of reactions (derailing, tone argument, "but what about their feelings," "you're ruining the fandom with your pain and rage") aren't okay in relation to sexism and rape culture, then they're not okay in relation to racism and privilege, either.

Here's [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster on comfort in fandom, and [livejournal.com profile] musesfool on the same thing, and also dotfic too.

To [livejournal.com profile] dotfic, after my usual round of cogitating, I said:

I think maybe feeling safe is a part of our privilege. When people don't speak about these things, those of us who are privileged not to have to think about race and racism, who don't have to watch out every freaking moment of every freaking day for things that might hurt us...well, our path is smooth sailing. Fandom is groovy and cool and there's no risk of the discomfort of having to be aware of racism. But while that's happening, fandom is certainly not safe for those who do have think about it. Who don't have that privilege of never being offended. Wow, that kind of fandom is unsafe for them.

So now, as in that link you gave ash48 from a Korean who feels safer now that privilege is being threatened, things are a little different. Now it's not such easy, smooth sailing for the privileged. Now we have to think. Now we have to be aware that we might be accused of being racist, and those accusations might be right. That's not comfortable, so we are not assured of complete comfort anymore. OUR PRIVILEGE IS GOING AWAY OH NOES.

But by God, I think that's a good thing.

I want us all to have the privilege of "feeling safe." And like poisontaster said, if some us aren't feeling safe, then none of us should.

So yeah, no, I don't feel quite as "safe" as I might like. But it's okay. I'll deal.


Fandom, I love you. But this is still not okay.
maychorian: (Young Mary)
Usual caveat lector: I am pro-pretty-much-everybody. Yes, even him. I especially love Dean. And Sam. And Castiel. And Bobby. And John. And Ellen. And Jo. And Ruby. And Bela. And Andy, Ash, Ava, Gordon, Victor, Rufus, Missouri, Jimmy, Amelia, Claire, Anna, Zachariah, Uriel, Meg, Azazel, Sarah, Lucas, Ben, Lisa, Kubrick, Travis, Jim, Caleb, Josh, Jefferson, Rumsfeld... Um. Yeah.

My mandate for these picspam/meta things is two-fold: What I loved. What made me think. Sometimes what made me think is less than squeeful. But I always find plenty to love, too. Just a friendly warning. It should go without saying that these are my opinions, and my opinions only.

ALSO: I swear in this one. I don't swear often, but I am doing it now. A LOT.

Part 1 Part 2

Any last words? )

If you enjoyed this picspam/meta thing and you'd like some more, I have a few places I can point you. My ep reviews tend to focus mostly on the characters, because that's who I am as a person and a writer, and I'm okay with that. But there's a lot more to say, a lot more to see.

A few recs:

[livejournal.com profile] caffienekitty's 5.10 meta/picspam. She tends to focus more on plot and cinematography, which I find fascinating, and she's a force for squeeful positivity, which can be very refreshing in this fandom.
[livejournal.com profile] smilla02's 5.10 meta/picspam focuses more on artistic choices. Her graphics are gorgeous.
[livejournal.com profile] animotus's 5.10 picspam and meta is really beautiful, as always.
[livejournal.com profile] tracy_loo_who's morning-after picspam is squeeful (and all about the Dean/Cas).

I also love [livejournal.com profile] erinrua's reviews and [livejournal.com profile] dotfic's commentary. [livejournal.com profile] dotfic also had a link round-up that helps put the entire 5.10 experience in perspective.

I'm not really interested in discussing whether or not Supernatural is or is not misogynistic or anti-feminist, not because I don't think that's worth talking about or that fans shouldn't dare to question their shows or because I think Supernatural is perfect and sacrosanct, but just because I don't want to go there at this point in my life and at this point in my fandom experience. I'm clinging to my squee with whitened knuckles, I am. If you're interested, though, [livejournal.com profile] musesfool does a lot better job of talking about that stuff than I ever could.
maychorian: (couldn't do it anymore)
Usual caveat lector: I am pro-pretty-much-everybody. Yes, even him. I especially love Dean. And Sam. And Castiel. And Bobby. And John. And Ellen. And Jo. And Ruby. And Bela. And Andy, Ash, Ava, Gordon, Victor, Rufus, Missouri, Jimmy, Amelia, Claire, Anna, Zachariah, Uriel, Meg, Azazel, Sarah, Lucas, Ben, Lisa, Kubrick, Travis, Jim, Caleb, Josh, Jefferson, Rumsfeld... Um. Yeah.

My mandate for these picspam/meta things is two-fold: What I loved. What made me think. Sometimes what made me think is less than squeeful. But I always find plenty to love, too. Just a friendly warning.

ALSO: I swear in this one. I don't swear often, but I am doing it now. A LOT.

Part 1

Kick it in the ass. )
maychorian: (seasonally appropriate!)
Usual caveat lector: I am pro-pretty-much-everybody. Yes, even him. I especially love Dean. And Sam. And Castiel. And Bobby. And John. And Ellen. And Jo. And Ruby. And Bela. And Andy, Ash, Ava, Gordon, Victor, Rufus, Missouri, Jimmy, Amelia, Claire, Anna, Zachariah, Uriel, Meg, Azazel, Sarah, Lucas, Ben, Lisa, Kubrick, Travis, Jim, Caleb, Josh, Jefferson, Rumsfeld... Um. Yeah.

My mandate for these picspam/meta things is two-fold: What I loved. What made me think. Sometimes what made me think is less than squeeful. But I always find plenty to love, too. Just a friendly warning.

ALSO: I swear in this one. I don't swear often, but I am doing it now.

You're a...functional...morons. )

Oh, and also, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!
maychorian: (angel hair)
Usual caveat lector: I am pro-pretty-much-everybody. Yes, even him. I especially love Dean. And Sam. And Castiel. And Bobby. And John. And Ellen. And Jo. And Ruby. And Bela. And Andy, Ash, Ava, Gordon, Victor, Rufus, Jimmy, Amelia, Claire, Anna, Zachariah, Uriel, Sarah, Lucas, Ben, Lisa, Kubrick, Travis, Jim, Caleb, Josh, Jefferson, Rumsfeld... Um. Yeah.

Just the end of the world! )
maychorian: (Detective Cas)
Part 1 is here.

Caveat lector: I am pro-pretty-much-everybody. Yes, even him. Especially him. I'm biased toward Dean, though, there's no point trying to deny it.
Caveat vector(?): I am still learning GIMP. Some of these shots turned out...odd, when I tried to brighten them. (Darn SPN and their super-dark, super-washed-out lighting, anyway.) But you can see their faces now, so I count it as a win.

All graphics are free to good homes, if you're crazy enough to want them. Just don't hotlink.

Spoil me and die.

EXACTLY like the X-men. )
maychorian: (OMG EXCITING)
Trying something a little different this time. Well, different for me. With apologies to [livejournal.com profile] kroki_refur for stealing her formula. Or something. Anyway.

Caveat lector: I am pro-pretty-much-everybody. I am biased toward Dean, though, no point in denying it.
Caveat vector(?): I've been experimenting with GIMP for these screen shots. I finally came up with a process I like, but these pics are all over the place, really. You can practically watch my technique evolve as you scroll through these. So...don't expect just a whole lot, is what I'm saying.

Who put that there? )
maychorian: (Castiel longing)
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I was just thinking I would sit here quietly. )
maychorian: (i lost my SHOE :()
In the spirit of [livejournal.com profile] dotfic's recent PSA, I feel the need to get something off my chest.

I'm starting to get annoyed by people calling Dean "emo."

I'll try to explain... )
maychorian: (Castiel longing)
Wow, okay, so now I get why everyone was unable to control their excitement this week.

EVERYBODY HAS ANGST AND ISSUES, ESPECIALLY THE SPECIAL SHINY ONES )

No spoilers in the comments, please, not even from the promo.
maychorian: (Sam light flare)
This episode bothered me. [livejournal.com profile] dotfic’s meta on it got me thinking, and I haven’t really stopped. So here’s some rambling for you.

Oh Sammy, Sammy, where have you gone? )
maychorian: (angel hair)
I really need to buy the digital converter thingie for my TV so I can watch episodes as they air, instead of waiting and downloading it. I keep ending up getting out of bed early on Friday mornings to watch what everyone else watched last night. So yes, here is my reaction, fresh as always!

In short, I liked it, but didn't squee very much )
maychorian: (angel hair)
I love my new icon, can you tell? Is so appropriate for so many things right now.

New guy continues to bring the funk to funkytown )

Brothers

Aug. 10th, 2008 12:33 am
maychorian: (Dean's Diary)
I just finished watching this really awesome show. I laughed, I cried, I ached, I fell in love with the characters and the world. And I'm very sad that there's no more for me to watch.

It's about these two brothers. Their mother is dead and their father is missing, and they're on a quest to set things right. There's the distinct possibility that they will fail, since everything seems to be against them. But they press on, following their own code of morality and sense of justice. They wander through all kinds of places, meeting all kinds of people. They see the horrors of racism and prejudice, and also the kindness of strangers.

The older brother is the shorter of the two, with the younger one towering over him. Yet the younger brother is the gentler, more sympathetic one, while the older brother is more passionate and excitable. They inherited their talent and skill for the path they follow from their father, who has left to continue his own journey. One brother misses their father and wants him back very badly--the other is angry at him for leaving and hostile to seeing him again.

Through the course of their journey, which continues through several years, they learn about the mystical forces that underpin their world. They gain teachers and allies, and lose them to death and dismemberment. They have friends who become enemies, and enemies who become friends. They uncover corruption, and eventually become fugitives from the law, fleeing from the very people who ought to be helping them.

They fight monsters. Not just regular people who do bad things--actual MONSTERS, that have strange powers and specific weaknesses. As they learn, the brothers become quite proficient at this. The action scenes are very dynamic and engrossing. And sometimes heart-wrenching. They face villains who want to end the world, kill and rend and destroy--sometimes they vanquish them, and sometimes the bad guys win.

Their only constant is each other--their affection and caring for each other is evident to those around them, and even changes the way some people see them. No matter how close they may become with certain allies, their brotherly bond will always be the strongest relationship they have. Though they fight and argue and disagree, this is never in doubt.

spoilery ) In the end, they're together, continuing their journey, saving people, learning things, the family business, and that's what matters.

By now you've probably guessed that I'm talking about Fullmetal Alchemist.

Oh, I guess it applies to Supernatural, too.
maychorian: (way with words)
Moonshayde went and asked for it, so here are various Supernatural thoughts.

nothin' but spoilers )
maychorian: (Awesome)
I was going to post this yesterday, or maybe Saturday, but I was...busy. See, I have this problem, where I get really into a TV show and can't stop watching. I didn't think that it would happen this weekend--I seriously thought I would spend those two days cleaning house and catching up on some projects and maybe even spend some time with my family, but no. Supernatural ate my brain. I blame Jensen Ackles' eyes.

ruminations on seasons 1 and 2, may contain spoilers and some squee harshing, so read at your own risk )

Also: my ratties. I love watching them, how their personalities are so different. Both are quite comfortable with me now, but still have their individual ways of dealing with things, and I think it's very cool.

I come home, sit on the couch, and open the cage beside it so the ratties can come out--

Wallace: immediately races out, scampers all over the couch, circles around several times, runs up my shoulder and down my back, climbs up on the back cushion to look around.

Sebastian: cautiously pokes his head out. Looks all around. Slowly exits the cage. Walks across my leg to the gap between the seat cushions and the back of the couch. Hunkers down in his hidey hole.

I offer them treats, like yogurt drops or a little piece of my own supper--

Wallace: leaps forward, seizes the treat in his teeth, runs away somewhere safe to gobble it, and soon emerges in search of more.

Sebastian: carefully sidles toward the treat. Gently takes it between his teeth. Walks away to his hidey hole. Eats it slowly. Only takes more if I stick it in front of his face, and sometimes not even then.

I have something on my face that they want to lick--

Wallace: scurries up to my neck, grabs a chunk of flesh in his sharp little claws, and starts lick lick licking as hard and fast as he can. Will not leave until I forcibly grab him and lock him back the cage so I can go wash my face myself. If released, instantly runs back to the previous position and tries again, even more forcefully.

Sebastian: clambers his way cautiously up to my chest. Lays down on his stomach. Delicately licks my cheek for as long as I hold absolutely still. Does not use his claws. Does not return if I seem displeased. Usually doesn't even notice that I have something tasty on my face.

I put something new in the cage--

Wallace: is immediately fascinated and crawls all over and around it, sniff-sniff-sniffing all the way, chews on it experimentally, shoves it around, takes a running jump to land on it just to see what happens, and eventually pulls it into his hiding place to sleep with it.

Sebastian: approaches slowly and cautiously, as always. Sniffs it carefully, being sure that his nose does not actually touch the strange thing. Bats it curiously with one paw. Goes back to his hiding place to sleep far away from the scary new object.

I love my ratties.

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