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Harry Dresden of the Dresden Files is more protective of women, which he acknowledges as chauvinism, because of his mommy issues and being raised for ten years by a psychopath who manipulated his sexuality to his own ends. This is all Jim Butcher's fault.

Dresden exclusively prefers committed relationships, completely shuts down his attractive teenaged (and legal) apprentice who offers to sleep with him before he is willing to take her on, and his main female love interest would like only sex. Not a peep.

This is almost exactly the same as how people talk about Supernatural as if the main character's messed-upedness is not mentioned at literally every opportunity, by everyone.
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Me: Guess I'll finally get around to reading The Seven Pillars of Wisdom now.
TE Lawrence: The chicks were ugly, so the men banged each other.
Me: Wait, what?
Lawrence: It's weird having two personas.
Me: Back up.
Lawrence: Let's talk about Arabia.
Me: Hang on a second-

The Arab was by nature continent; and the use of universal marriage had nearly abolished irregular courses in his tribes. The public women of the rare settlements we encountered in our months of wandering would have been nothing to our numbers, even had their raddled meat been palatable to a man of healthy parts. In horror of such sordid commerce our youths began indifferently to slake one another's few needs in their own clean bodies — a cold convenience that, by comparison, seemed sexless and even pure. Later, some began to justify this sterile process, and swore that friends quivering together in the yielding sand with intimate hot limbs in supreme embrace, found there hidden in the darkness a sensual co-efficient of the mental passion which was welding our souls and spirits in one flaming effort. Several, thirsting to punish appetites they could not wholly prevent, took a savage pride in degrading the body, and offered themself fiercely in any habit which promised physical pain or filth.
So, yeah. One of the most famous nonfiction books in history offhandedly mentions dudes being prison gay in the first chapter.
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Get GCal notification that Daddy's birthday is in two days.
Head into town.
Head toward the bookstore to buy a card.
Happen to notice a store called The Card Factory.
Walk in, buy card.
Walk back to Post Office to mail it.
Walk to McDonald's.
Order meal.
Use their WiFi to update my Kindle app on my Android.
Find I bought a book and completely forgot about.
Cute girl smiles at me on the way home.

Incidentally, Brian Clevenger says, in the preface for "Nuklear Age", that at the age of 34(?) he looks back and winces at what he considered his magnum opus at 21. I'm inclined to agree. For example, he uses the term "fan service" as if a reader would certainly understand it. As a general rule, I like to be accessible in my writing, so using an relatively obscure geek term like it's a household word is a no-no, especially in narration.
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You don't need to give them big words, for starters.

I read what's probably an unhealthy amount of fanfic. One of the trends I've noted is the whole smart people=big words thing, even when the character in question does not talk that way in canon. Notably, Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

As far as I can recall, almost every time Twilight appears, even if only for a few seconds, she

1. Learns something.
2. Teaches something.
3. Organizes something.
4. Tries to understand something.
5. Some combination of the above.

The show is remarkably consistent with this. Take "A Friend in Deed", where Twi shows up for about five minutes. She spends all of them reading a book or advising Pinkie Pie. That's 1, 2, and 4. These traits became even more important in Season 2, where Twilight became one of the main cast instead of the main character of the series. And since they couldn't resort to the old glasses+sweatervest=smart symbolism, they were forced to pay special attention to how they wrote Twi, especially since they couldn't have her busting out the big words on a show aimed mostly at kids. I can't really remember how Twilight was characterized in it, but Lilpip of "Fallout: Equestria" similarly shows herself to be a clever and resourceful protagonist by being clever and resourceful.

You know that gag where the smart person says something in technical language, and then the regular folks get others to explain it? MLP's used that gag exactly once in two entire seasons. But fanfic has her using big words all the time.

There is a reason the pollysyllabic genius is rarely the/a primary protagonist. Even Holmes has Watson. One notable exception is Cryptonomicon, which has two really smart guys, WW2 Cryptographer Lawrence Waterhouse and modern day computer guy Randy. Waterhouse is, as his dialogue, actions, and thought processes show, really smart. And more than a little eccentric. He doesn't talk quite the same way as everyone, but is still accessible. Even his contemporary, Marine Cpl. Bobby Shaftoe, is fairly smart himself. Randy is a 90s guy, and he talks just like everyone else unless it gets technical, and so, more or less, do his colleagues. Here's a sample of all three!
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You know, the one I started to write in 2001? With teenage superheroes, a world where superheroes are common licensed, and can merchandise their likenesses, a deep and complex plot and likeable, Whedonesque bantery characters, and so on and so forth, spanning three books?

Yeah, the basic world here is almost identical. The actual characters, and plot, IDK.

The worst part is that it's seems like a really good series, it's dirt cheap on Kindle, and I'd like to read it, except I don't want to appear to be ripping off the series more than I already would be. Then again, many of my ideas aren't particularly original. I just do what Scott Adams recommends; crib from a lot of people better than you and file off the serial numbers. If you use humor, you can call it a parody.
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Ginny's behavior towards Gabrielle during Bill and Fleur's wedding. Veela charms be damned, Gabrielle is only eleven years old! It's not like Harry's a pedophile. Moreover, Gabrielle only seemed to have an innocent crush on Harry... Yes, Ginny is a teenager, but she is also supposed to be Harry's soulmate. If she doesn't trust him around someone who hasn't hit puberty yet, then how is this relationship supposed to work?

Gosh, you'd think Ginny was a teenage girl who had a crush on Harry at Gabrielle's age or something, except Gabrielle has a genetic tendency to be found more attractive by men and boys when she's older, just like her big sister, and Ginny knows she has a crush on Harry.


Incidentally, here's what Gabrielle looked like at that point. That's certainly older-looking than eleven. The actress apparently had a growth spurt in the intervening three years.

Read more... )
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In an entirely unrelated development, I've turned off Amazon's One-Click buying feature.

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Seriously, dude, you can film from more than two feet away. And there's no law against showing the top of someone's head.

That aside, I think the movie benefits from not being in first person. Katniss Everdeen, in the book, is a young woman from the rear end of nowhere who nonetheless writes like an English professor. The movie does this revolutionary thing called "acting" whereby characters convey information and feelings without needing to explicitly state it. It also allows other characters more development; President Snow, for example, is much better developed in the film, where Katniss barely saw him in the first novel. Peeta and Cinna, as always, are both bro-tier. Someone put a lot of effort into this film-I've flipped through the behind the scenes book at ASDA-and it shows. It really is a very good film.

I bought some posters for the movie; Katniss and Rue. Katniss 'cause she's Katniss, and Rue because she reminds me of my niece. I haven't had any posters up since last year, and since I also bought a Florence and the Machine poster, I keep looking up from my computer and briefly thinking some lunatic who likes leggy redheads snuck into my room and pasted it up.

Hey, what's this poster doing here?
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“Brooding about Her Majesty’s stubbornness again, are we?” Harper inquired genially, and Judson scowled at him.

“It’s a sorry turn of events when a man’s own ‘cat rats him out to such an unworthy superior as yourself,” he observed.

“Genghis never signed a word,” Harper pointed out mildly, and Judson snorted.

“He didn’t have to,” he growled. “The two of you have been so mutually corrupting that I think you’re developing your own ‘mind voice’!”

[a few paragraphs later]

“Well,” Harper said after several seconds, still smiling with the echoes of his mental vision of a squalling, kicking [spoiler] tossed across Lara’s shoulder and hauled off to safety somewhere, “I’m afraid that rather than giving our lives in the defense of our beloved—if stubborn—queen, our day is going to be one of those less scintillating moments of our life experience.”

“I always get worried when you start trotting out extra vocabulary,” Judson observed.

“That’s because you’re a naturally suspicious and un-trusting soul, without one scintilla of philosophical discernment or sensitivity to guide you through the perceptual and ontological shallows of your day to day existence.”

“No, it’s because when you get full of yourself this way it usually means we’re going to be doing something incredibly boring, like counting noses on a new transport or something.”

-Torch of Freedom, David Weber and Eric Flint

I love that the “extra vocabulary” is basically indistinguishable from the way he talks the rest of the time, just with “scintillating” used instead of a coy “…interesting” or suchlike. Whatever would’ve been there, it would not have been less than three syllables.

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>the Queen of Manticore is black
>I realize I am imagining her as Judy Dench

To be fair, when someone goes "queen, British" you either use Dench, Mirren, or Blanchett. And Cate's Australian.
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After the dueling club incident in Year Two where he is discovered to be a Parselmouth, Harry Potter is subject to abuse from the students, culminating in him running away. The Ministry needs to track down Harry, and for that they need the permission of his legal guardian. Since Sirius is still his legal guardian instead of Petunia, because he never had a trial, they hustle him out of Azkaban and convene a kangaroo trial--in a matter of hours--then pour truth serum down his throat. Upon discovering his innocence, they proclaim him innocent, give him a ton of money and some new clothes, and politely request he come to the Minister for Magic's office, where they basically ask him not to sue them and help them find Harry. He calls them out on it, and leaves to find Harry on his own.

Alright. Take it as it comes. )
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I just saw someone in the Cracked comments section argue that British cupboards are actually pretty big, so the Dursleys sticking Harry Potter in one wasn't abusive.

Also, they said "The world was almost destroyed and humanity subjugated to witchdom because of Harry's meddling."

The world was almost conquered by Voldemort, not "witchdom". And if you don't know that the proper term, by the books, is "wizardom" or "the Wizarding World", then I strongly doubt your accuracy in any matter related to them.
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Surprisingly accurate.

The telephone rang.

Jason Wilkins roused himself out of his dough-and-flour-addled stupor, and gazed at the ringing noise emanating from the receiver. He was tall, even for an American, this despite his father's very average height and his mother's petite build. Some had suggested -- in hushed tones and never to his face, of course -- that it was because his mother had long ago taken an ... interest in the very tall mailman who'd graced their neighborhood mail delivery route for so many years. Mail delivery was one of those necessary evils of modern American life; a citizen could send his friends and colleagues e-mail faxes that arrived in the blink of an eye, but there was always the reactionary old contingent who'd never wanted to bother with these "modern contraptions" who insisted on writing letters on paper and sending them through the antiquated network of delivery trucks and post offices, and so long as this contingent existed the mail would also have to exist.
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White family. Mixed scrubland/savannah. Driving on the left, English on t-shirts. Not in the US. Most likely somewhere in the British commonwealth or former British colony. Recent video, warm climate present in the Southern Hemisphere. Areas most likely with English as first language and the requisite biomes are are Australia and New Zealand. Quick check on the band's website reveals they are, in fact, Aussies. If forced to guess one from the video, would've gone with Australia because better odds by population.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the character, he's the detective/psychologist star of a very successful series of airports paperbacks where he tracks down serial nutjobs, and was last played by Morgan Freeman. And one of the other people considered for the role? Idris Elba.

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It's a game, dear man, a shadowy game. We're playing cat and mouse, the professor and I.
Victorian Europe, international intrigue, and daggers in the dark. How we've missed you, Holmes.

Remember what I said about hats in my Sucker Punch review? The three main female characters, all very lovely women*, all wear hats. Sim spends the last 40 minutes or so in what looks like a rumpled fedora.

Moriarty is quite chilling, and indeed Holmes match. He threatens murder and worse as easily as most people would ask the time.

The cinematography has been turned up to eleven. WB apparently went ShutUpAndTakeMyMoney.jpg to Guy Ritchie, and boy does it show, especially in one sequence I can't say any more about for fear of spoilers.

Holmes himself, as Watson observes, seems more manic. Between Watson leaving and pursuing "the biggest case of [his] career" while living on stimulants and very little sleep, it's no wonder. Everyone seems very capable, even Mary. There's an underlying sense of urgency that makes the slowdowns all the more important, more treasured.

Also, Holmes deductive sequences? He doesn't explain those anymore. We just have montages of the things he saw and we missed or thought nothing of. No explanation, the audience has to figure out themselves, drawing them into the movie. Not that this slows down the pacing. If your jaw isn't dropping, you'll be giggling.

TL:DR; If you liked the first movie, it's more of the same, but bigger and louder and better and more bromantical. Which is a word now. Every time you use it, you have to pay me a nickel.

*All with rather nice cheekbones, as it happens. The director was previously married to Madonna. I'm noticing a theme here.
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Imagine someone distilled the minds of Michael Bay and Neill Blomkamp, ran them through a blender, added some of Gaiman's love of classic literature, and then put them into a book.

Basically, it's fantastic.

I love it when Sci-Fi doesn't try to refer to "spacey" things just to remind the audience that it's sci-fi (*cough*HonorHarrington*cough*), such as in this case, where the main cast consists of a vat-grown soldier and genetically engineered rats and bats with implants in their heads to make them smart. And Irish, apparently. The implants came with several different old books, and they identified with the underdogs, and now they act Irish.

Anyway, characters also refer to an operation reminding them of something from DVDs from old Earth. Not "pre-holo" or "pre-dispora" or whatever Honor Harrington characters would say. DVDs. I had to stop and make sure I was reading a Baen book.

Get it if you like several hundred pages made up almost entirely of banter and crude humor. Like I said, Michael Bay. It would help a little if you were passingly familiar with Bronte. Like I said, Neil Gaiman.
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>The Lorax trailer comes up
>blogger complains about the Implications of the last joke in it
>joke is the Lorax, who is kind of a dick, being a dick
>blogger makes all sorts of inferences about how the boy clearly just wants to get in redheads pants

The irony is that the blog in question is dedicated to the oft-neglected issue of men in feminism, but the blogger, in a fit of fanpersonism, is perfectly willing to assume a boy wanting to do something for a girl he likes=he wants to tap that.

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1:07pm Searched for vorkosigian pronounciation
2:28pm Searched for titania jackson
3:08pm Searched for marijuana cartels
3:26pm Searched for cannabis lung damage
3:38pm Searched for mlp Winona
3:39pm Searched for border collie kids

Incidentally, boxers are better with small children. Boxers.

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