Links: Tuesday, December 17th

December 17, 2013 Links 3

Twin little blond white girls in matching plaid jumpers sit on Santa's lap. One gives the photographer the middle finger.This is what I think of gift shopping.

  • Let’s Talk About Reviews – Lord, this woman needs to take a seat. All I want for Christmas is an end to blog posts from authors telling readers how to write their reviews to best suit authors’ needs and feelings. NOPE.

    I’m leery of the star system, although I don’t have anything better to suggest. It just seems to me that some people don’t understand that the stars represent how you would rate how well a book is written. But when emotions, life experiences and perception get in the way, the star rating system becomes something else. Just some suggestions when putting a review out there.

  • Sherlock Season 3 preview @ BFI – The Empty Hearse – In the most recent episode of “Caitlin Moran is an enormous jerk” Moran moderated a panel at the premiere of the new season of the BBC show Sherlock. Everyone’s favorite feminist then handed Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch a copy of a slash fanfic featuring the characters they play and had them read it out loud.

    About the fanfic thing. So Catlin decided that it would be funny to focus on the same thing all boring interviewers focus on when interviewing actors with huge fandoms – fan fiction. It’s been done to death, usually by Graham Norton, but in general it’s brought up a lot. I have never seen two actors being asked to read slash fanfic together though. And there’s a good reason for that – they don’t like it. Benedict was more reluctant than Martin, but they were both trying to be good sports about the whole thing. I suspect they know Caitlin and didn’t expect her to put them in an awkward position. But as they read down into the fic it was clear it wasn’t as innocent as she kept making out.

  • Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch and fanfic: don’t mess with these women (and men) – Brooke Magnanti wrote a great post about fan fiction’s long history and why we shouldn’t be mocking it. Moran responded by mocking her on Twitter. The Daily Dot also has a smart take on the debacle.

    It’s entirely possible that thanks to Sherlock fanfic, someone who never before considered writing professionally might decide to give it a try. It’s also possible that some who considered doing so may now be scared to, fearing the long memory of the internet and the ridicule they might receive. And to those authors I say: forget the haters, sally forth and conquer all worlds. There is nothing shameful about stretching your wings.

  • Paul Dini: Superhero cartoon execs don’t want largely female audiences – A couple of show writers discuss the top-down pressure they’re under to court boys as an audience at the expense of girls. It’s kind of heartbreaking.

    DINI: “That’s the thing, you know I hate being Mr. Sour Grapes here, but I’ll just lay it on the line: that’s the thing that got us cancelled on Tower Prep, honest-to-God was, like, ‘we need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys’—this is the network talking—’one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys, but right there.’ And then we began writing stories that got into the two girls’ back stories, and they were really interesting. And suddenly we had families and girls watching, and girls really became a big part of our audience, in sort of like they picked up that Harry Potter type of serialized way, which is what The Batman and [indistinct]’s really gonna kill. But, the Cartoon Network was saying, ‘F***, no, we want the boys’ action, it’s boys’ action, this goofy boy humor we’ve gotta get that in there. And we can’t—’ and I’d say, but look at the numbers, we’ve got parents watching, with the families, and then when you break it down—’Yeah, but the—so many—we’ve got too many girls. We need more boys.'”

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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: Tuesday, December 17th”

  1. willaful

    That last link particularly depresses me, because I’ve been hit in the face with massive sexism in watching cartoons/animated movies with my son lately, and we don’t even watch superhero stuff. Even my beloved “Phineas and Ferb” is pretty obnoxious, though I’d say it’s improved from its start — there’s actually one girl character now who isn’t insanely boy crazy, and both boy & girl sidekicks/support staff. Don’t even get me started on Despicable Me 2 or The Lorax.

  2. Roslyn Holcomb

    I don’t understand this fixation on male viewers. I mean, presumably they’re wanting advertising dollars. Didn’t I read somewhere that 80% of buying decisions are made by women?

  3. Nicci

    One of the replies to the Review post caught my interest. Is there any truth to writing in the 1st person means the review is a fake? Just curious.