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jokiddingright replied to your post: mad-madam-m said:1, 3, 7, 8, 28!1…

For number 28, what’s your stance on the LotR movies? I thought they were even better at adapting than the HP movies. Just curious, because wow, it’s so easy to comment by just clicking on the lil speech bubble. XD

I haven’t read the books, but I appreciate that they condensed like a bajillionty pages of book into movies so I don’t have to read the books. :D I thought they were beautifully done, I really enjoyed the original LotR movies. In fact, after Return of the King came out they did a Lord of the Rings marathon at the Cinerama Dome where you watched the extended cuts of all three films all in a row and my roommate and I went and it was great. As I remember, when we were leaving the parking structure what felt like a full day later they tried to charge us like $22 for parking because of how long we’d been there. ;D

I’m not as fond of The Hobbit… I feel like it falls into that trap that a lot of films are doing these days where there are really long increasingly improbable fight/chase scenes and it drives me CRAZY. That super long sequence when they’re in the freaking goblin caves or whatever in the first Hobbit? And it’s this acrobatic chase scene that just goes on and on and on? I was so fucking bored I was just like “fuck wake me up when this idiocy is over.” (I haven’t even seen the other Hobbits actually I was so unenthused about the first one. I’ll catch them on DVD eventually.)

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BUT WHAT ABOUT DISCWORLD? <-my absolute favorite series. But thanks for the Incorrigible rec. I’m going to request it from my local library, because it sounds absolutely darling!

Discworld cannot, by definition, be my favorite series, because for a thing to be my favorite I have to have read it. ;D The only thing of Pratchett’s I’ve ever read is Good Omens. I do plan to rectify that (I’mma start with the witches, I think) but idek when I’ll get around to it.

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#26, The Golden Compass. One of my favorite books growing up and the movie, I saw the trailer and just didn’t bother. Also, The Dark Is Rising, another childhood favorite and I read the movie review that it went completely off the rails.

I loved the His Dark Materials series too, and I actually haven’t even seen the movie… I saw the previews and stuff and was just like “nothing about that looks appealing to me at all.” I will read His Dark Materials AUs in every fandom until the end of time, though. :D I also loved The Dark Is Rising (though now I couldn’t even tell you what it’s about, maybe I should re-read that) and I didn’t even know there was a movie. I think honestly that movie adaptations (and remakes of all kinds really) are probably more often bad than they are good. But that’s true of movies in general, too… most what’s produced doesn’t do that great, they’re producing it all trying to get that one big hit. And a lot of times their attempts are so wildly off the mark that you can only assume the people making the decisions are snorting a lot of cocaine.

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cisyphus:

Slurs are not oppressive because they are offensive, they are oppressive  because slurs by nature of being slurs draw upon certain power dynamics  to remind their target of his/her/their vulnerability in a certain relation to power and as an extension of that, to threaten violence and exploitation of that vulnerability.

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The relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier was never resolved at the end of the last movie. Thinking about where that relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of is he the world’s most feared assassin or is he the world’s longest serving POW. Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he’s been mind controlled or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie.

Anthony Russo [x].

*Punches the air.* YES! The directors get it. Cap 3 is going to be amazing.

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Things I’m gonna do when this movie comes out: cry forever probably.

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letmedancewithoutyou asked: For the book questions thing: 1-4, 13, and 18 please c:

I just did 1-3 (ish) right here, the book in question (so I can answer #4) was An Apple for the Creature:

4. Would you recommend it to other people? Nah. I can think of much better anthologies, and I think unless you’re already a fan of the authors published in that book and you’re familiar with their works and want to read more of those same stories, it’s not worth wasting your time.

13. What’s your favorite book? I totally do not have a single favorite. IT’S TOO HARD I LOVE ALL MY CHILDREN IN DIFFERENT WAYS. ;D Good Omens is definitely up there, though. I really really need to read more Pratchett. Basically anything David Quammen has ever written, his books are both educational and delightful as hell. If I were a smarter person and capable of the kind of writing he does, I’d want to be David Quammen when I grow up. ;D

18. What is your favorite book series? I’m trying to think of any series I’ve even read, aside from Harry Potter. I’m not even a serious Potterhead but I feel like Harry Potter has been my answer to too many questions already. :D I’ve got a few on my shelf that I just got by way of Paperbackswap (Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic, anybody read them?) that I’m looking forward to but I haven’t read yet so no idea if I like them. Um… I’ll go with the one that I’m sort of in the midst of, since they haven’t all been published yet, which is The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. Super cute. Has a little bit of a Lemony Snicket type of vibe which makes it really fun, but basically it’s about three small children who were literally raised by wolves and the governess who’s trying to educate them. It’s the sort of book that I read with simultaneous delight and jealousy that I didn’t write it first. ;D

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iamabighippo asked: THIS IS TOO HARD BECAUSE I WANT TO GET TO KNOW YOUR ANSWERS FOR PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE QUESTIONS. But I'll settle for 1-3 (because if you talk 2, you kind of have to talk 3), 23, 49. BUT ALSO APOLOGIES IF THIS IS A LOT TO TALK ABOUT?

I just answered 1-3 (well, pretty much, 2 and 3 are kind of redundant I think) and 49 but I’ll hit 23 for you. :D Feel free to throw some more my way if you want, I feel bad that you want to ask them all and I’m only answering one! ;D

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel? Ooooh. Ooooooooooh. I don’t even know. I read a lot of short story anthologies and non-fiction, and when I do read fiction a lot of times they’re books that DO have sequels. :D So this is rough. Um…. I don’t know if it needed a sequel necessarily but I’d love to see Gaiman and Pratchett team up again on a follow-up to Good Omens, which is one of my favorite books. And I wouldn’t mind reading more stories in Gaiman’s American Gods universe, either. Like I don’t really need a sequel to that but I’d be delighted to read a story about what some of those assorted gods are up to these days. (Goodreads lists Anansi Boys as American Gods #2 so maybe it’s a sequel of sorts? It’d certainly fit into that universe. I would still like more.)

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mad-madam-m asked: 1, 3, 7, 8, 28!

1. What was the last book you read? I think the last one I finished was probably An Apple for the Creature. I’m working on a few more, and have also discarded a few more without bothering to finish them because they sucked, but I think that’s the last one I actually finished.

3. What made it good? Not a whole lot, I’ll be honest. I wasn’t real impressed with that one. It’s a short story anthology and those are pretty hit and miss to begin with, but I’m also a VERY demanding reader. I get mad that most of the fanfiction I read is better-written than a lot of these professional shorts that people actually got paid for. :D My Goodreads review was not real enthused:

The standout story in this volume for me was Marjorie M. Liu’s “Sympathy for the Bones,” which was so good I’m still thinking about it several days later. The world building and magical system depicted in it were absolutely superb, and the characters were deftly drawn.

Other than that, this anthology was a let-down for me; I’ve read several of the anthologies from this team and there are always a few stories that aren’t my cup of tea and I end up skipping them. In this anthology I probably skipped over half of the entries. This anthology is very heavy on stories written in existing universes, as continuations of novels or cut scenes between novels or whatever else, which is probably great for drawing in the readers of those novels, but not so great for those of us who haven’t read any of the authors before. You end up with a ton of stories that begin with epic infodumps and a lot of writing that seems to assume that you already care about the characters. By the end of the book I was just backflipping out of every story that started with an overly complex rundown of what sort of supernatural creature everybody was and their complete life histories, because I was there for a short story, not a one-page summary of novels I’m not interested in reading.

So I guess what made it good was “Sympathy for the Bones,” which I’m gonna be real, was REALLY good. I still very distinctly remember that story, that shit stuck with me, it was GREAT.

(BTW I don’t use Goodreads a whole ton but I’m trying to get better about reviewing things and whatnot; if you have any interest in what I’m reading and want to be bros over there, you can find me here.)

7. What was the last bad book you read? I’ve read a lot of mediocre books lately, but probably the last one I really HATED was The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, which I blogged about a bit as I was reading it because it was just that bad.

8. What made you dislike it? Basically everything about its existence. I even wanted to set it on fire a little bit. I reviewed it here if you want more details. ;D

28. Which movie has done a book justice? Hmmmmmm. I actually loved the movie of Cold Mountain, but I’m having a hard time with a “doing justice” standard because like, Cold Mountain the book? I tried to read it and didn’t get past the first chapter, I thought it was AWFUL. ;D And a lot of movies I really liked that I know are also books, like The Hunger Games, I haven’t bothered to read the books at all. :D So maybe the Harry Potter movies, again? Because while I’m sure a lot of folks feel like they weren’t as good as the books or they mangled the best parts of the books or whatever, what I really love about the Harry Potter movies is that they stand on their own and they tell a complete story. You don’t need to have read the books and they’re tremendously entertaining. Plus it was just so terrific to see that entire world brought to life that way.

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pink-fuchsia asked: About books and reading: 49?

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every school? That… is an amazingly difficult question. I don’t really have a specific list. I think one thing I’d love to see more schools do is let the kids pick their own freaking books. Let them read something they’re enthusiastic about, even if it’s a comic book. Help them find stories they’re going to like instead of making them read stuff just because it’s a “classic.” Like I LOVED to read, those summer reading program things were an absolute breeze for me, I’d walk into the library and walk out again with like 15 thick-ass tomes of medieval history and shit. :D And still I would say like 90% of my assigned reading in school felt like it was inflicted upon me. (The only book I remember reading in high school — and still own my copy of was Winesburg, Ohio, and I kept it because there were some passages I’d read in it that were beautiful and really spoke to me, but still to this day I have not actually read that book.)

I was the kind of kid who didn’t so much work hard in school as work smart and know how to bullshit, so I’d get As on book reports about books I never actually read, but I feel like if you’ve got a kid like me AVOIDING reading books, you’re doing shit wrong. And a lot of the stuff they had us read was just like… sure, I get it’s supposed to be a “classic” or whatever, but what makes you think a bunch of middle schoolers are going to give a shit about this book’s subject matter? What makes you think a bunch of 7th graders are going to connect with an adult woman’s book about changing landscapes and her mother’s cancer? (I actually did read Refuge as an adult and thought it was pretty incredible, but there was nothing in there that 12-year-old me had any fucks about.)

That said, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with assigning some reading because sometimes you have to get dragged into things that will improve you as a person. :D But I think it’s safe to say that most assigned reading lists are like at least 80% straight white men for authors, and that’s bullshit. Especially at schools like mine in very homogenous areas where most of the kids are straight and white, too, and do they really need another dose of the same perspective they’re getting from every other human being around them? Noooooottttt really. If you’re going to assign kids reading, have them read stuff that’ll make them better people because it’ll make them empathize with human beings who don’t look and act just like them. (Better yet, give them a whole list of books that fit that description and then let them pick some that actually sound interesting to them.) Don’t act like certain kinds of books — like scifi, fantasy, humor, whatever — are somehow less worthy because they’re less serious. Don’t act like certain books — like ones with gay people in them — are too “mature” just because the kids might have questions about them. Don’t let fucking bigoted parents dictate what’s allowed on your book lists and in your libraries.

This is one of the reasons that I get so mad that people shit all over fanfiction so much because like do you even realize what a struggle it can be to get kids reading, much less writing, and do you even realize how much of both people do when they engage with fandom and fanfiction like HOLY SHIT.

When I was in 6th grade, I had a great teacher who had a cool policy for birthdays. When it was your birthday, she’d give you a little card and stuff, but she’d also pull this banker’s box out of her closet, and it was stuffed full of those Scholastic book tour type of books, and you’d get to pick one to keep. Not only was this amazing for kids like me who were very poor and had really not that many books at home, but like… I have a terrible memory. I don’t remember a lot of my childhood like at ALL. But I still remember exactly what that box looked like, and I remember sitting there all through recess next to my teacher’s desk while she did some grading and didn’t care at all that I was taking too long to pick a book. I still remember carefully reading the back of practically every book in that box, and her never trying to push something on me because it was MY choice. I still remember the cover of that book and the title of that book (it was Slake’s Limbo) and what happened in it, although I’ve read a lot of books since that I couldn’t say the same for. There is really no overstating the fucking magic an experience like that is for a kid, particularly when as a minor there are a lot of things in your life that aren’t your choice at all. That shit matters.

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