Hey there! I'm still pretty snowed under - missed my deadline, naturally, but the anthology editors say they'll continue accepting submissions for a few more days. Will definitely be done tonight. /o\
Following up on my previous post, however, here's a quick roundup of Avatar
/The Last Airbender
-Racebending.com has a (neutral) rundown of The Last Airbender Film: Changes from the Cartoon Series
, for the curious.
-Preliminary Thoughts on Race and Gender in The Last Airbender
over at the racebending
comm. The racefail sounds about as awful as expected, but I still managed to be surprised by the genderfail, a little. :/ Ugh. The strong female characters were a large part of what initially drew me to A:TLA - so disheartening.
posted a powerful example of why the hell stuff like this matters
: but we must always be polite about it
-A:TLA's own Dante Basco (who voiced Zuko - you may also know him from films like Hook
or But I'm A Cheerleader!
♥) discussed the boycott in his blog: See, if you can get some Asian actors in the machine of Hollywood and they exist as a viable commodity, it can spark more projects that can support the voice and face of the Asian community and level the playing ground a little. But when we can’t even land roles that were so clearly created as Asian roles, its a bit disheartening.
-The film is generally getting truly abysmal reviews
, which is some comfort, although as cereta points out
, far too many of them are dismissing the race controversy as unimportant. io9 has a brilliantly over-the-top
review that you may find cathartic: M. Night Shyamalan Finally Made A Comedy
I have very mixed feelings related to the orgy of disapproval that seems to be raining down onto the film. On the one hand, I want it to do very poorly, so I won't lie - I'm thrilled that the reviews are terrible, and I hope that carries over to the box office. On the other hand, it's depressing that the race issue probably won't be credited for its failure (if it does fail). Also, I was watching a handful of A:TLA episodes during my inking marathon last night, and it hit me (again) how amazing a movie adaptation could
have been. The cartoon doesn't need
to be adapted, mind; it's awesome all by itself. (I do get a little tired of film being held up as the be-all and end-all of storytelling mediums, but that's a grumble for another day, if ever.) But still. What a waste.
One other thing that's had my dander up over the last few days: Wonder Woman's "new direction."
There's been a lot of coverage of this that I definitely haven't had time to read, but I have a feeling I'm going to spend a fair chunk of my weekend on it. /o\ I'm ... really upset about the whole thing, which kind of took me by surprise. I can't get into it now, obviously, so here, check out this nifty alternative redesign by _ming
: Diana of Themyscira
I really have to get the hell off the internet, but before I go, here's something AWESOME. Back in the immediate aftermath of the SPN racefail with the J2-in-Haiti fic, glockgal
posted this amazing fancomic
with Desi versions of Sam and Dean, which you may have seen. I loved it, and I love this new follow-up
even more. (Guest-starring Durga! And wait until you see Castiel's new earthly incarnation!) I've never watched an entire episode of Supernatural, but I would watch the hell out of that