Category Archives: Entertainment

Shipping and homophobia

“Shipping” — fans cheering on a relationship between characters in a story — is nothing new. The concept drives most love stories, after all: the writer wants the audience to pull for a given potential pair and then either pays … Continue reading

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Diversity and the perception of “normal”

Diversity in YA creator Malinda Lo is currently doing a great blog series on how reviewers often betray underlying biases when reviewing books about characters from marginalized groups. Highly recommended read. The topic is also a big jumping-off point for … Continue reading

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Problematic entertainment, part two

Carrying on from the specific-show discussion in part one. In this segment, I’ll explain why I keep watching the problematic stuff I do, while I also ditch stuff that’s theoretically less problematic.

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Problematic entertainment: Game of Thrones edition

Warning: The below piece includes discussion of sexual assault, as well as spoilers for the current seasons of Vikings and Game of Thrones, and mild spoilers for GoT’s source books. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and saw last night’s … Continue reading

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Token chicks and superheroes: Thor 2 and the Bechdel Test

Thanks to the world’s best roomie giving us a date night, M and I went to see Thor: The Dark World last night. Not only did I enjoy it more than I expected to (it was also much funnier than … Continue reading

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Indie author, whatever that means

Contrary to something I posted just last summer, I decided to skip the sturm und drang of finding an agent and/or traditional publisher and go indie for my first two books. Now that it’s done? I couldn’t be happier. I … Continue reading

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Likely heroes: Brave, my book, and my kid

A bit late on weighing in on the buzz from a couple of weeks ago re: Disney’s makeover of Merida. Short version: gross. Slightly longer version: It’s really making me question whether I want to take my kid to any … Continue reading

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