meganbmoore: (labyrinth: reading)
What are you currently reading
Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte. Semi-autobiographical novel about the daily life (and sufferings) of a governess. It lacks The Tenant of Wildfell Hall's sheer awesomeness and "Screw you, misogynistic laws! Also you, romantic ideals of brooding Byronic heroes redeemed by the love of a Pure Woman." and is a much calmer and more sedate book in general, but Im enjoying it. (Not that there's anything wrong with calm or sedate, just a marked difference from ToWH.)

What did you recently finish reading?

The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (trans. Rebecca Copeland). A feminist retelling on the Japanese myth of Izanami and Izanaki, through the eyes of Namima, a young woman who grows up in the shadow of her sister, who is meant to become their island's oracle, while Namima herself is destined to live in isolation, overseeing the island's dead. It's very good but also very frustrating, largely for reasons connected to the myth, and relentlessly draws attention to the unfairness and inequality of men's and women's choices and fates, and how they pay for their choices. Kirino also seems to be deliberately emphasizing Izanami's similarities to Eurydice and Peresephone in Greek myth, and throws in a bit of Hera, too. (Not that those tales don't also have parallels in other cultures too, Greek mythology is just the one that immediately stands out to me.) Though, while it's very good and interesting, I actually remained more emotionally unengaged than I was expecting. i'm not sure if it's the translation, or a subconscious defense mechanism giventhat emotional engagement would have led to much pain and despair. [personal profile] coffeeandink has a much better review here.

The Story of Saiunkoku Vol 9 by Kairu Yura and Sai Yukino. Final volume of the series. This is all sidestories, set before and during the main plotline. On the one hand, I enjoyed this a lot due to attachment to the characters and the stories themselves were enjoyable. On the other hand, it's very frustrating because volume 8 ends with Shuurei about to embark on an important journey at a major turning point in her life. Thanks to the first season of the anime, I've seen considerably further into the story, but reading this reminds me of my bitterness that not only will the second season probably never be released in the US on DVD, but the light novels will probably never see the light of day here, either.

Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja. Graphic novel about a girl whose cell phone zaps her with magic powers. Entertaining, but I feel like I didn't really take anything away from it. Probably because it rather feels like the creators were only just starting to do what they wanted by the end. I assume it's the beginning of a series.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Stories. Anthology GN of short comics set between various episodes of AtLA. Cute and entertaining, but largely forgettable, aside from a few stories.

Kitty and the Midnight hour by Carrie Vaughn. First book of an urban fantasy series about a werewolf who's a nightshift DJ for a radio station, and accidentally turns her show into an advice line for the supernatural. I REALLY liked the talk show part and it had a nice vibe of making the reader feel like you have your own private therapist. OTOH, pretty much everything about werewolf culture as portrayed here made me queasy (I mean ,we weren't supposed to like it and Kitty wasn't happy about it and it wasn't portrayed as hot or kinky or whatever, I just wanted to hide in a hole every time it came up) I hated almost every male character in the book (and I am sideeyeing the choice of Kitty's apparent love interest, but we'll see) and Kitty's few relationships with other women in the book are pretty negative, except for her mother, who we see little of. I kept thinking that things might improve re: her relationships with other women, but they didn't, though one could later. Still, I enjoyed large bits of it, and it looks like a lot of the things I didn't like may have been done away with as of this book, and I intend to read the rest of the series, though it really drove home how the few urban fantasy series I've been reading the last few years really lack a lot of the things that bother me about the genre, or at least handle them better/in a way that's easier for me. (Also, awkward situation in this book where, aside from the "kill Kitty" part, I kinda rooted for the antagonist.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise. Three volume series bridging some of the gap between ATLA and Korra, focusing on the origin of Republic City. The charcters felt a bit off at times, but it's a good followup to the series. I'm miffed, though, that after a certain important bit, it kinda...forgets all about Mai. Then again, the series itself was a bit guilty of that at times. Also, Aang and katara constantly refer to each other as "sweetie," which made me want to gag eventually. Not out of any objection to the pairing, it was just way way too much. (Also, I can really only see them doing that so much at their ages to harass Sokka.)

Omens by Kelley Armstrong. Start of a new series, and one that, based on this book, is a far cry from Armstrong's women of the Otherworld series. A wealthy socialite, Olivia, gets dropkicked into the wrong kind of spotlight when it's revealed that she's adopted and that her biological parents were infamous serial killers, andteams up with her biological mother's ex-lawyer to investigate her mother's claims that they're innocent. It's structured more like a thriller than anything else, with hints of the supernatural sprinkled throughout, though it isn't made clear until the end whether or not the supernatural is involved, or just superstition. I liked it, but am more interested in seeing where ARmstrong goes from here than in a lot of the book itself.

What do you think you'll read next?

Manga, the second Kitty Norville book, whatever else I have on hand.

TeeVee

Apr. 21st, 2012 10:02 pm
meganbmoore: (brave: archer)



The Borgias 2.2-2.3: Much better than the first episode.

spoilers )


Avatar: Legend of Korra 1.1-1.2: I object to Katara not being the intro narrator. On principle.

In general, these episodes were largely world building, introductions, and setup, but that was expected and no less enjoyable. I think I'm going to enjoy the "fantasy 1930s Shang-Hai" bit more than the "fantasy world tour" of season 1.


 

spoilers )

And then ep 3 came out before I got around to posting the above.

 

spoilers )

spoilers )


BTW, with the filmreel beginning of ep3, I am offically in love with Republic City and about 10 times as happy that this series will apparently be centered around 1 place and that it used the 1930s-ish as its worldbuilding baseline.


Missing 1.6:

 

spoilers )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 1.9:

 

spoilers )

Nikita 2.19:

 

spoilers )


Revenge
1.19: My show seems to have snuck back in very quietly.

 

spoilers )


Ringer 1.22: Only the last 3 minutes make me want there to be a second season to tune in to.

 

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (mai)
Barring all other issues with the movie, why is there a picspam from The Last Airbender in a community for historical dramas? It is not a historical movie. It is not a fantasy movie set in a historical time, or set in a fantasy version of a historical time. It is a fantasy movie set in a fictional world based on several Earth cultures.

Hem.

Anyway.

This is a clip from The Last Airbender. This is the finished version (though, presumably, what you get in theaters and later on DVD will be, uhm, shinier). All the people who will tidy it up to make it look like an expensive movie and not a 5th grade play have gotten their hands on it.



If you made it through the whole thing, you get an internet prize. I do not know what said prize is. Assume it is both pretty and useful.

Most people apparently don't make it through a full minute of that. I am one of "most."
meganbmoore: (mai)
(Images originally from racebending.com)

characters in original

characters in movie



 

meganbmoore: (mai)

So, Jesse McCartney's music career took off or some such, and he isn't playing Zuko anymore.  In turn, they have cast an actor named Dev Patel.  He kinda looks like Sokka. Oh yay!  They cast a minority so it won't be all white kids running around in cultures specifically based on Asian and Indian cultures, in a movie based on a canon where there isn't a single white person or culture whose basis is a white society.  look!  We have a crumb!  let us all gobble it up and apologize for ever having doubts.

Yeah, moviemakers, you still fail.  Why?

1.  Dev Patel?  Kinda cute.  Looks like Sokka, really.  Is, based on name and appearance, Indian.  Kinda like Sokka and Katara.  Zuko?  Is Chinese.  Which kinda isn't Indian.

2.  Your antagonist/villain is a minority who will spend the entire time chasing the white kids around the world and attacking them.  Sometimes kidnapping them.  This is apparently your only minority character.  Who isn't an extra.

3.  You did this only after the blond white kid backed out and people started asking why everyone was white when the characters aren't supposed to be.  Condescending, much?

Frankly, while I know nothing about him, including his acting talent, I think this Patel kid deserves better than to be a consolatory token.

meganbmoore: (mai)
Like pretty much everyone-or so it seems-I have mixed feelings about the finale. A lot of these mixed feelings are well addressed by [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink here.

Get out of the bison's mouth. )
meganbmoore: (mai)
These two episodes are the ones that everyone seems all too eager to spoil, so I went in pretty well aware of what was going to happen. This did not decrease my enjoyment.

Boiling Rock )
meganbmoore: (mai)

Comments include mild spoiler for Boiling Rock.

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (proper ladies deliver justice via flying)

Wow. They really just let their inner genre fans run loose, didn’t they?

spoilers )
meganbmoore: (mai)
Where is Sokka’s boomerang? I HAVEN’T SEEN IT ALL SEASON!

He shoots fire from his brain! )
meganbmoore: (braver bender)

NOTE: Despite the fact that this is one of those fandoms where everyone assumes that people either don’t care about spoilers or everyone is up-to-date the second there’s something to be up-to-date on, and so I have been pretty decently spoiled if largely against my will, THERE WILL BE NO SPOILERS IN COMMENTS. Unless you’re using the spoiler code.

Also:

I love everyone. Except for Jet. I accept his existence because Katara needed a first crush and it seems the only other guys she knew were her brother, 12, or trying to capture/kill them, but that’s about it. There is no character hate here.

The whole Katara/Aang vs Zuko/Katara thing escapes me completely. Largely because one option involves people who are 12 and 14 and a bit awkward to me Cardcaptor Sakura is special and the other is something that has never made sense to me outside of the normal narrative trope. Apologies to fans of both sides.

Also, I still hate almost every mushed ship name ever created. In all fandoms.

MOVING ON!!!!

Read more... ) ETA: Does anyone know why LJ wouldn't let me put my own cut text in? Rich text didn't give me an option, and typing the code by hand gave me an error message. I wanted to use "You messed things up in a very special way." as my cut text...
meganbmoore: (braver bender)
I've been following reactions to the Avatar movie casting all day and watching reactions range from displeasure to rabid hatred to "wait and see" to intelligent defenses based on US economy to so-totally-not-how-you-want-that-to-sound defenses based on US economy to "if they don't state they're not white, then there's no reason they can't be white."

I'm not touching any of it.

But it brings up a very important question:

[Poll #1313147]

Meanwhile, I'm watching the second episode of Chuck. It has Jayne and...it has Jayne. OTOH, my brain currently can't handle anything more complicated than that ATM.
meganbmoore: (mai)

Casting for M. Night Shyamalan's Avatar: The Last Airbender live action adaptation.

Even if you haven't seen the series, you can look at the animated character designs nicely lined up beside the actors and see the severe issues the fans are having with the casting.  This is either a bad prank, or proof that my near-universal disdain for M. Night Shyamalan's movies is warranted.  I'm sure the actors themselves are perfectly decent, but allow me to live in terror.  Especially for the casting of Suki and Mai.  (Even if they continue the "all white" theme, at least there's a decent chance of Iroh ending up being Jeremy Irons or something.  Yeah, I'm trying too hard.)

P.S.-I finally have season 3 and will totally be watching it when I have a new DVD player.
meganbmoore: (Default)
 1.  Waldenbooks did not have Elizabeth Bear's Ink & Steel when I went in armed with a coupon today.  They failed me.  Furthermore, while their main computer system showed books 1, 2 and 4 of Promethan Age, I&S wasn't listed under her name or the proper title.  So he looked it up online and got the ISBN and then found it for me and it brought it up properly and is ordered, but, SHEESH!

2.  Boy I Have No Adjectives For has officially quit.  I am now ALL ALONE on Saturdays unless one of the other Boys comes in  for overtime or to make-up hours.  Also, I was ALL ALONE for 6 hours yesterday.

3.  Also, work can get busy again.  Megan wants overtime.

4.  Now that it's over:  Dr. Horrible:  Will I like it, or will it make me mad?

5.  I still haven't seen any of s3(please don't spoil me any more than I have been), but the massive fandom divide on the f-list over last night's Avatar episode amuses me.  I guess because of what the divide seems to be over.

6. Anyone want to recommend mysteries, YA or fantasy set circa regency era-WW 2(yeah, broad time period, there)?  Not specifically limited to England.  It seems 
to be what I'm looking for the most, lately.

hmph!

Jul. 17th, 2008 08:41 pm
meganbmoore: (Default)
I am trapped at work and there are about 15 "OMG AVATAR!" posts that I can't look at.

I hope you're all having fun without me.

Anyone know when the s3 DVD set will be out? 
meganbmoore: (bleach-stupid people)
...but let me vent for a moment.

*icon directed more towards shrill not-funny-people on the TV who need to shut up than anything else*

Dear Avatar fandom:

This is a children's show.  Its target audience is much younger than most of its internet fans.  Yes, the ratio of good guys/bad guys may seem to be becoming overwhelming, but that's because in something for kids, all the people you're supposed to like need to be on the hero's side.  You can't tell a 6 year old to like Zuko (Zuko interchangable with character of choice), then have Zuko trying to stop Aang at the end when Aang is trying to save the world, or standing by and doing nothing when everyone else is fighting and he could be helping.

Just because you're an adult and able to see shades of grey doesn't change the fact that, very simply, you are not the target audience, and the target audience doesn't see those shades of grey, and still needs things to be mostly black and white.

Even though I'm largely unspoiled for season 3, there are certain things I automatically assume when starting something directed towards kids, such as that everyone non-evil and who the text expects me to like will end up either neutral or an ally of the hero's, even if they don't admit they're an ally.

And yes, there will probably be a tacked on epilogue with everyone all cheery and happy like I'm told the last Harry Potter book has.  Why?  Because the target audience expects cheery happiness to be their heroes' reward.

Just because something has a wide crossover appeal with adults doesn't mean that it will cater to adult sensibilities when it's written for children and their sensibilities.

*crawls back into fandom hole*
meganbmoore: (Default)
...but let me vent for a moment.

*icon directed more towards shrill not-funny-people on the TV who need to shut up than anything else*

Dear Avatar fandom:

This is a children's show.  Its target audience is much younger than most of its internet fans.  Yes, the ratio of good guys/bad guys may seem to be becoming overwhelming, but that's because in something for kids, all the people you're supposed to like need to be on the hero's side.  You can't tell a 6 year old to like Zuko (Zuko interchangable with character of choice), then have Zuko trying to stop Aang at the end when Aang is trying to save the world, or standing by and doing nothing when everyone else is fighting and he could be helping.

Just because you're an adult and able to see shades of grey doesn't change the fact that, very simply, you are not the target audience, and the target audience doesn't see those shades of grey, and still needs things to be mostly black and white.

Even though I'm largely unspoiled for season 3, there are certain things I automatically assume when starting something directed towards kids, such as that everyone non-evil and who the text expects me to like will end up either neutral or an ally of the hero's, even if they don't admit they're an ally.

And yes, there will probably be a tacked on epilogue with everyone all cheery and happy like I'm told the last Harry Potter book has.  Why?  Because the target audience expects cheery happiness to be their heroes' reward.

Just because something has a wide crossover appeal with adults doesn't mean that it will cater to adult sensibilities when it's written for children and their sensibilities.

*crawls back into fandom hole*
meganbmoore: (supernatural-jo)
So, there is apparently a new kerfluffle in the Harry Potter fandom. I think there's a new one every week. I'm not linking because, seriously, I've seen it I think 5 times already. It's all anyone was talking about while I was pushing my nephew's stroller through the crowded mall. I think I had more fun.

If you ignore them and do not play their RPG or give them attention by pointing out the insensitivity, they will decide no one cares and that it was a bad idea and go away.

However. I AM BORED.

The following is purely the product of a bored brain stuck in the empty half of a large building on a pleasant Texas Saturday. You have warned.

Therefore, I shall attempt to address the wank of two fandoms I hang out on the edges of.

First of all, there's Supernatural and Jo. I have not yet seen s3, so I got nothin' on Bela and Ruby. HOWEVER! I have come up with a solution to the objections to Jo's...well, existing in the first place.

Jo is John's daughter.

Indeed. Now, imagine right after Mama Winchester died, John met Ellen and Papa Harvelle. John's in a bad place, what with the whole "a demon killed the love of my life and wants my infant son" thing, Ellen has a husband always off hunting demons. It writes itself. AMIRITE? I am, aren't I. This, of course, is the reason Ellen REALLY objected to Jo being off with the boys.

Sure, all the Dean/Jo and Sam/Jo shippers will kinda be screwed, but Jo would no longer be a threat or potential love interest and the fans would no longer have an objection. Plus, most of the fandom is into Wincest already. If you still want to ship, it would just be a new kind.

Then there's Avatar. Now, Avatar has its massive Katara/Aang faction and its massive Katara/Zuko faction. Never the twain shall meet. Somewhere in there, there's the Mai/Zuko shippers also poking their heads out. And I'm sure there's also this poor little Zuko/Aang faction too scared to stick its head out. But basically, the Zuko/Katara/Aang thing rules the fandom.

But I have had a revelation. Katara is not Aang's love interest. Mai is not Zuko's love interest. The truth is that Aang and Zuko are merely red herrings. In the end, it shall be revealed that the true OTP of the show is Katara/Mai.

Zuko and Aang will last be seen with their mouths hanging open. The internet will explode. That, or the fans' heads will explode when it happens. The Zuko/Aang shippers will finally be brave enough to stick their heads out. The Katara/Zuko, Katara/Aang and Mai/Zuko fans will never recover. Did I mention it will overload the entire internet?

Uhm. yes.

And now that I have entertained myself for 20 minutes, I will shut up and go away.

I did warn you that I was bored...

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