For the unititiated, “Mary Sue” is a fandom term for original female characters that pop up in fan fiction and who are too ridiculously perfect to be believable. A Mary Sue is often incredibly beautiful and talented, with an incredible singing voice, and back when I started out in online fandom (circa 2005), she often seduced Legolas or the Phantom of the Opera. Mary Sues are reviled in fandom because they are signs of bad writing. However, I have recently realized that this hatred for the Mary Sue character type is sexist, especially since I’ve seen the term applied to two mainstream aspirational heroines: Rey and Captain Marvel.Continue reading “Rey and Captain Marvel Aren’t Mary Sues”
We are the champions, my friends, and we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.
52 years after their formation, the St. Louis Blues have finally won a Stanley Cup. Finally.
GLORIA!Continue reading “WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Let’s Talk About Sports Narratives”
SPOILERS for the Game of Thrones series finale, “The Iron Throne.”
Well, after eight seasons and a whole lot of shocking deaths, Game of Thrones has ended. Naturally, the entire internet has opinions about it, and publications are flurrying to write think pieces about it. Lots of think pieces. I kind of love how the writer of the Vox GoT piece says it feels like “a slap in the face.” Really, Zack Beauchamp? You didn’t like a TV series’s finale, so it feels like the show hit you? Okay, then. That’s not melodramatic at all.
I just tried to watch La La Land with my parents tonight, and we could not finish it. It was TERRIBLE. It was PAINFUL.
We stopped watching it after about 20 minutes because no one could sing and no one could dance. It was trying to be an unpolished homage to a genre that by it’s very nature is absolutely polished.