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First and foremost, it is one of my oldest LJ friends and RL friend to boot, crazydiamondsue. I know you're buried to your neck in babies and toddlers and good mommy behavior, but I love you, and hope you're having a wonderful day.

Second, we have a new reviewer at Hey, Don't Judge Me and she wrote up a Scream 4 review that is hilarious and fangirly, what's not to love? Support your local fangirls trying to cast a wider net. :)

Third, I continue my love affair with Game of Thrones (yes it has some race fail, etc., but if I wait to watch shows without problems I'd never watch tv, and then what do I do? Interact with other humans? PSHHT.) and have my newest recap up at Hey Don't Judge Me as well.

REMINDER: no spoilers for future eps either here nor there, pls. We're going ep by ep as it happens, so don't leak intel, mm'kay?

It is raining for the fortieth day and I am waiting for my hot, dry weather, please. Mama needs a tan.

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ladycyndra
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Y'all are getting rain?? Send some down here, please! We need it!
stoney321
Apr. 25th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Take all you want, we got 4 inches last night and nothing but thunderstorms all day and tonight are expected. Pleh.
watermeloncholy
Apr. 26th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
The race!fail is making me D:

As is the Dany/Drogo relationship because despite the hotness, it's also kind rapey.
stoney321
Apr. 26th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
You know, I watched the scenes with the Dothraki in ep 1 and saw red heads, dorty blondes, light skinned, medium tones and darker (but not black) skin, so I think HBO is trying to right some wrongs from (what I've heard is in) the book.

It's also a fantasy world of arranged marriages, and that's how a lot of them are, I'm guessing. *shrug* I can't abide that in real life and will fight tooth and nail for women's rights, but in high fantasy I hand wave. Wrong? Maybe, but at least I'll be upfront about it.

Like I said in the post, if I waited for every show to be accurate/fair, I'd never watch tv. That's what fanfic is for, to right the wrongs! :)
watermeloncholy
Apr. 26th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
I definitely saw some black people (mostly women) in there...they were about my skin tone lol. It just sucks being a sci-fi/fantasy fan because this sort of thing is so overdone in fiction and thus kind of obvious. Supposedly there's some redeeming stuff coming, but the parts with the Dothraki are pretty uncomfortable for now.

I've been told that the novel portrays the Dany/Drogo scenes as more consensual (she actually says yes to him on their wedding night) and he doesn't really force her. I'm not sure why whoever adapted that part changed it to the point where it seemingly romanticizes rape.

People like me don't really have any other choice but to watch/read portrayals that aren't exactly accurate/fair...I wish I could ignore it, but it's difficult as a person of color. If I ignore it, things will never change.
stoney321
Apr. 26th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Well, true, there were people that were most likely African-American/of mixed PoC heritage, but I expected African Malawai black skin based on what I was hearing from people. Like blatant slave triangle references, not people with green eyes and my skin color.

But in sci fi/fantasy you're right. It's dominated by white men who write themselves and what they see (other white people) in their stories. I just interject my own rainbow coalition into the material, personally, because there aren't enough people writing fairly.

IDK, man, I'm just a chick trying to make the best of things with what I'm given. I'm trying to see the Dothraki as people who are just pigmented with more melanin because they're in a warm climate (ie: they're tanned from sun exposure), not as a "people of color are savages" way. It might be naive of me, but IDK if it helps to know that a white chick sees what you're saying about color and wishes it were different (and tries to make other people see their bias?)
txvoodoo
Apr. 26th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
I sorta said this on twitter - the Dany/Drogo thing? I think they wantd to be able to draw a line from where Dany starts out (NO power, utter toy/tool of everyone around her) to where she is going - with power. I think it was a rather icky & heavy-handed way of doing it, but ...yeah.

Err, meant this to be to Stoney, but oops :D

Also, I'm trying to NOT spoil her too much.

Edited at 2011-04-26 05:20 am (UTC)
stoney321
Apr. 26th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
And the Mr. is reading the book right now and said the same thing to me. As someone that never read the book and is only going off of the show, that IS how it came across, not as blatant rape. I mean, you could make that argument for ALL arranged marriages, truthfully.

And thanks for the pep talks, btw. <3
txvoodoo
Apr. 26th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!!

OT - I think I DM'd you about this book I got that you should read. It's an out-of-print book called "Were You Always an Italian?"

It's about Italian-Americans, and how their experiences/dialects/memories relate to real Italians. A quote from the back "Laurino sifts through the stereotypes bedeviling Italian-Americans to deliver a penetrating and hilarious examination of third-generation ethnic identity."

It was written in 2000, so it misses the Jersey Shore phenom, but references (of course) the Sopranos. The chapter on dialect, I think you'd love.

When we finally meet, do NOT let me forget to bring this to let you have! :)
stoney321
Apr. 26th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
You did mention that book! I'll hold you to it, don't worry. ;)
jennem
Apr. 28th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Have you heard from Lee and Maren after the storms?
stoney321
Apr. 28th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard from Lee in almost 2 years. Maren is a-ok, spoke with her a few minutes ago, in fact.
jennem
Apr. 28th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Ok. Great. Thanks for letting me know.
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