Links: Thursday, September 26th

September 26, 2013 Links 3

A collection mugs featuring grammar and spelling gags.Grammar Grumble Mugs – Set of all 6

  • Why I Write Negative Reviews (Hint: Authors, it’s not all about you) – After all the recent drama, I appreciate the reminder about why we’re in the reviewing “business.”

    And if my reviews do, somehow, manage to “ruin” the author(s): how is that a bad thing? I am scrupulously honest, even going so far as to look things up myself before complaining that the author didn’t do the research. Just in case I’m the one who has their facts wrong. If the author does the job properly, I’ll have only subjective criticism to offer — something that is surely to be expected. If, on the other hand, the author doesn’t do the job properly, how is that my fault? How is remaining mum the right thing to do?

  • Star crossed Lovers in Sci Fi and Fantasy Shows – No one from Firefly is on this list. I want my money back. *furiously writes Mal/Inara fic*

    Now most of the people that know me are aware that I’m a huge Farscape fan, which I think has one of the best Sci Fi, or if not one of the best romances, that has ever graced the small or big screen. But there have been other examples from other shows which helped push the envelope in terms of gender roles, as well as producing a damn good story. So I will be highlighting some of my favourite couples who shined in Sci Fi in this post.

  • Inheritance: Malinda Lo on (Bisexual) Love Triangles – I’ve always thought there was an awful dearth of bisexual characters in genre fiction. I’m not sure a triangle is the safest way to go, since they run a high risk of reinforcing the “bisexuals can’t commit” narrative, but I’ll take what I can get.

    The love triangle in this duology, though, isn’t your typical girl-torn-between-two-hot-guys love triangle. Adaptation and Inheritance are about a 17-year-old girl, Reese Holloway, who falls for two people: a guy named David Li, and a girl named Amber Gray. It’s a bisexual love triangle. (It’s also about government conspiracies, freaky birds, and a secret military base, but this post is about love triangles!)

  • ‘I’LL SHOW YOU HOW VALUABLE ELLE WOODS CAN BE!’ – This movie’s theme of the devaluation of the feminine reminds me of how the media covers the romance genre.

    My copy of Legally Blonde is so heavily viewed that I keep expecting the DVD to develop a scratch, something which would send me into paroxysms of grief, because, let me tell you, I love this movie. It’s funny, it’s sharp, and it’s also a fantastic commentary on gender, presentation, social attitudes, and society in general. While you might think it’s just fluff and nonsense, there’s a lot going on here that’s worth probing into, especially with the wave of anti-femininity sweeping a lot of social circles right now.

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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.

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3 Responses to “Links: Thursday, September 26th”

  1. Liz Mc2

    So I showed my husband those mugs, because of course I want them, and he said “I don’t have a problem with the figuratie use of ‘literally,’ actually.” And at first I was thinking “this is the end for us!” and “how did you get a PhD in English?” but he said he thought it intensified the figurative nature of the language and huh, he kind of has a point. I guess I won’t file for divorce, at least.

    Also, that Elle Woods piece was really thought-provoking. Thanks for the link!

  2. Meoskop

    I rather strongly disagree with the Elle Woods bit and I think it’s regional. Ultra Femme gets way more attention & respect than serious business woman down here. Her fashion obsession & high couture aesthetic are strived for & can signal who dominates in the room. While female voice other female presentations.

  3. Liz Mc2

    @Meoskop: Yes, the regionalism is a really good point. And it’s context-specific in other ways, too (e.g. workplace [and they aren’t all the same] vs. social settings [also not all the same] vs. PTA meeting vs. on and on).

    It’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t: Not feminine enough? Damned (bitch, dyke, etc). Too girly? Damned (ditz, slut, etc). Make sure to find the perfect middle ground, ladies.