elle_white: (LWA)

I recently finished reading The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher. This novel is a retelling of The Snow Queen, and it’s frankly of the best renditions of the fairy tale I’ve ever seen.

With clever, tongue-in-cheek humour and a wonderfully strange take on magic, The Raven and the Reindeer acts as a nuanced deconstruction of heteronormativity and sexism in fairy tales. With the heroine, Gerta, gradually realising her own potential as a person on her journey and falling in love with the character of the Robber Girl. At the beginning of the novel, Gerta is a teenage girl, infatuated with Kay, the distant and aloof boy she grew up with. She says at the beginning, she doesn’t want to be like “other girls.” But throughout her journey, Gerta matures and discovers more about the world and herself than she ever thought possible.

This version of the Robber Girl is named Janna and she is a very well-developed and interesting character, who has a compelling character arc of her own. 

This novel is fun, exciting with lots of irreverent humour and great characters. If you’re looking for a good fairy tale retelling that I would definitely recommend this novel! 

elle_white: (Sunset)
 When Sunset is depicted as anything other than the blatant dork lesbian that she is.

Although, please keep in mind, there is ONE guy that she's willing to shower attention and affection on ... his name is Ray. 


Sep. 13th, 2017 10:34 am
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 I see a lot of people wondering if Coran has a British accent or an Australian one. The answer is actually neither. He has a New Zealand accent. He's voiced Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby, who also has a great deal of popularity in Australia. He is a really funny guy, and I enjoy his appearances on the Aussie Whose Line is it Anyway? 
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 Last night, I finished re-reading The Last Unicorn. It had been a long, long time since I first read it, and I had much more vivid memories of the movie adaptation. But this is another example of the book being better than the movie.

The book explores the backgrounds and motivations of the characters in-depth, giving it more complexity and a sense of solid world-building. The movie cuts out a good deal of that, and it includes some things that were unnecessary. 

But the most striking thing about the novel is the downright lyrical prose. Peter S. Beagle has a way with words that made reading the story deeply compelling. "Scimitar smile," is such great character description. I feel as a writer, I've taken so much away from reading his works. And the tongue in cheek use of fairy tale tropes, and sly commentary on them comes across much smoother in the original novel than the movie, where it felt a tad forced. 

Honestly, this is such a beautiful, deep and quirky book with great characters, and I love it so much! 
elle_white: (Sunset)
I realised the one thing that makes Equestria Girls better than its parent franchise when it comes to reformation, is that Equestria Girls puts a big emphasis on personal responsibility. You have to own what you've done and honestly want to do better in future.

It was a huge part of Sunset's arc, and she won't have problems forgiving someone if they show genuine remorse. Cinch is so terrible because she's an older woman who takes absolutely no personal responsibility for using and manipulating the children in her care. 

Personal responsibility and the desire to change for the better is often glossed over in FiM. Starlight feeling honest remorse wasn't crucial to her being given a second chance, and that was one of the major issues with it. 

The running theme of Equestria Girls is actively trying to do better, and getting their with the help of friends. FiM doesn't have that kind of depth to it, which is why redemption doesn't work as well in FiM. 
elle_white: (Natsume)
 I think I can honestly say now that Natsume's Book of Friends has made it onto the list of my top 5 favourite anime. 

Well ...

Jul. 10th, 2017 07:55 pm
elle_white: (Star Wars)
 There is an awful lot of Sabine/Leia shipping fuel in the latest Star Wars: Forces of Destiny!


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 Later today, I'm going to a local event to hear a writer talk on the life and work of George Orwell. The speaker, Dennis Glover, has just released a novel called, "The Last Man in Europe," which supposedly explores the themes and circumstances behind the book 1984 in a whole new light. 

A couple of my friends are going too. Should be interesting! 
elle_white: (Sunset)
 The two part post series that shows the people behind Equestria Girls put A LOT of time and thought into Sunset's arc and really know what they're doing!


elle_white: (LWA)
 Akko is clearly a Super Sentai fan, and she would totally try to get Constanze into it, showing her the Sentai she grew up with. Akko would also try to get her other friends into it, with varying degrees of success. 
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I really can't understand anyone who thinks Sunset has feelings towards SciTwi when THIS is how she looks at the nerd!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   That's not even a G-rated way to look at someone! 

elle_white: (Sailor Moon: Guts!)
 It will take a while, but I want this place to feel like home again. Just have to put the furniture back where it was, and form a semi-regular posting habit. XD
elle_white: (Princess Tutu)
 James Bond is traditionally one of the most iconic male fantasy fulfilfment characters. But the times I’ve seen him referred to as a ‘Gary Stu’ have been very, very few. However, a lady onscreen only seems to need one talent or positive trait to be labeled a ‘Mary Sue.’ Usagi, Rey and Katara are just a few prominent examples. 

The amount of times I’ve seen a female character referred to as a Mary Sue, far, far outweighs the times I’ve seen male characters called Gary Stu’s. 

elle_white: By flamingstumpy (RGU:Juri)
 Last night, my Dad was watching the news, and during the preview, they talked about the “game that was taking over the world.” And of course they were talking about Pokemon Go. But my Dad said, “Oh, that must be the one with the thrones!” 

I explained that Game of Thrones was a book/TV series, and not a real game. He laughed and said, “well, you can tell I’m an expert on these things!” 

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 Snow white with the Red Hair is a manga, and anime currently in its second season. It has currently taken over my heart. Here are some of the reasons I think it is so amazing: 

1. It’s a romance that firmly focuses on the agency of the main heroine, Shirayuki. She controls the course that her life will go in. Her love interest respects and admires her strength and passion, and it inspires him. 

2. Said love interest is a dorky, earnest prince who, as mentioned above, respects Shirayuki and in turn, inspires her to work hard towards her own goals. 

3. Court politics and class issues are delved into in-depth. It realistically depicts classism and the ways people are oppressed by those in power.

4. Pretty much all of the characters are fleshed out, and get the chance to shine. Even characters who initially seem completely flat, come back later and receive surprisingly gripping development. It has a generally relaxed pace and a slice-of-life feel to it. But the pace never drags because the characters and their relationships are so engaging. 

5. It either subverts, or entirely avoids a lot of gross romantic clichés. When it seems like a male character will be a lionized possessive jerk, he either turns out to be the complete opposite, or he’s called out for that shit straight away. When it seems like a love triangle will develop, it’s averted; the guy has too respect for the girl and her relationship with someone else to ever act on those feelings. Essentially it’s a romance built on respecting the heroine, and it’s incredibly refreshing! Because this is sadly something you don’t see much of.

6. The art style/animation is gorgeous! Beautiful backgrounds with rich detail, and great character designs. 

elle_white: (Misc: WTF)
I want to make it clear that I do I love shipping. And  I love reading (and writing) fics for my OTPs. But one thing that annoys me in romantic fic is when they portray romantic love as the greatest kind of love. 

I’ve seen so many fic where a character believes the platonic love others have for them could never fufill them the way romantic love does. And they couldn’t live without the person they love reciprocating their feelings. That … isn’t healthy. But I think the way society prioritizes romantic love over other kinds of love can be an unhealthy thing. 

Romance is great to write about, but when two people have a major fixation on one another and its depicted as romantic … that’s not okay. 

elle_white: (SU: Garnet)
 September will be here soon and so will more Steven Universe. Much celebrating will be had. 
elle_white: (MGLN: Fate)
 As funny as Patton Oswalt is, I am far more invested in seeing Chloe Park again than I am Nom Nom. 


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