Category Archives: About Fandom

Posts about fandom in general, specific trends, and theoretical analysis.

Gone Batty: Why DC Needs to Confront Its Batman Addiction

I reserve judgement on Batfleck.

I reserve judgement on Batfleck.

 

 

 

So, how about that new X-Men movie? Pretty cool huh? And doesn’t Guardians of the Galaxy look fun? And don’t get me started on how awesome Winter Soldier was. And yes, I even liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (feel free to judge me). Yep, whether in movies produced by Marvel or other production companies like 20th Century Fox and Sony, Marvel characters are everywhere these days.

The same cannot be said for the characters of DC Comics. While it’s true that DC is amping up for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the following Justice League movie, DC has otherwise remained largely out of theaters (at least, compared to Marvel). So, what’s the issue?

Personally, I think part of the problem, among others, is that DC has a prevalent great weakness, which is also one of its greatest strengths: Batman.

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Girl Fight: Disney vs DreamWorks (Part 2: SKG’s SFCs)

As I mentioned in my last post, two companies flourished during Disney’s struggles post Disney Renaissance. One was Pixar, who couldn’t completely celebrate the fall of Disney as they were tied to Disney for distribution. The other was DreamWorks Animation SKG.

For some history on the rivalry between Disney and DreamWorks, check out the Nostalgia Chick’s two-part video on the subject.

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One aspect of this rivalry not really covered in these videos is that DreamWorks’s goal to be the anti-Disney seems to have extended to their depictions of female characters. As far as I can tell, there’s no established cutesy name for DreamWorks’s female characters, so I’m going to call them SKG’s (the DreamWorks abbreviation that stands for founders Spielberg, Katzenberg, and Geffen) SFCs (Strong Female Characters). Continue reading

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Girl Fight: Disney vs DreamWorks (Part 1: Disney Princesses)

If her powers are over ice, why is she so hot?

If her powers are over ice, why is she so hot?

No, I’m not going to address the fact that I haven’t updated since September.

So, I am a big fan of the new Disney animated movie Frozen. I don’t think it’s perfect, and there are several obvious flaws, but the movie still made me fall in love. Now, I am going to be totally honest, I had no intention of going to see this movie. I hadn’t read any pre-movie buzz, so all I had to go on was the movie’s marketing.

And that marketing, frankly, made the movie look annoying as hell.

I remember seeing that preview and thinking it seemed like the most pandering, insulting preview they could have done. I mean, this is (well, was at the time) 2013, and we’re supposed to be surprised that the person who might save the day could be “No Man”? Really? Continue reading

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Characters We Think We Know or Why I Subjected My Facebook Friends to Wonder Woman Facts of the Day

Poor Supes. (They actually don't talk about him very much)

Poor Supes. (They actually don’t talk about him very much)

Last month, starting on August 9 and ending on September 1, my relatively small collection of Facebook friends got to, on an almost-daily basis, have their news feeds invaded by what I had been calling my Wonder Woman Fact of the Day. The whole thing doubtless seemed somewhat random, and I couldn’t really keep it up once classes got started and my mind was occupied with other matters.

So, why did I do it? Late summer boredom waiting for classes to start again? Was I no longer able to contain my growing Wonder Woman fangirlism that had only begun in the past year, but has since spiraled out of control?

Well, the answer to both questions is “yes,” but there’s more to the story. So, let’s start with one fact that I always find amazing.

Wonder Woman was, for a story arc in the ’90s, a space pirate. That simple fact brings me so much joy, and I couldn’t help but share it with my friends on Facebook.

A friend of mine's main concern with this image was Diana's ample bosom. It is quite impressive here. Also, sorry I'm not letting you see my last name. I know; anonymity is early 2000s.

A friend of mine’s main concern with this image was Diana’s ample bosom. It is quite impressive here. Also, sorry I’m not letting you see my last name. I know; anonymity is sooo early 2000s.

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Character Flaws and Flawed Characters

I’d say most, if not all of us have fictional characters we can’t stand in the pop culture we love. Some characters just have personalities that grate on us, their flaws, or what we see as their flaws, too grating for us to take.

I say “what we see as their flaws” because, no matter how hard an author or creator tries to demonstrate a character as objectively flawed or no matter how strongly culture objects to and hates a character, it seems there will always be those out there who understand and defend that character’s actions. What may be seen as a horrific violation of societal norms by some, might be seen by others as the result of victimization by the same society. Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures on Appeal

Image, funnily enough, from "5 Strange Benefits of Chocolate" that disputes chocolate's place as a guilty pleasure.  http://diyhealth.com/5-strange-benefits-chocolates.html

Image, funnily enough, from “5 Strange Benefits of Chocolate” that disputes chocolate’s place as a guilty pleasure.
http://diyhealth.com/5-strange-benefits-chocolates.html

So, it seems only fitting that I follow my post on pop culture binges with one on another element of pop culture consumption: guilty pleasures.

I have more than once had to explain to another person that I know a movie/TV show/book is bad, but I still love it.

“What?!” They exclaim as their monocles pop out. “You can love something even though you claim it’s crap? How is this possible?”

This is where we come across the concept of “guilty pleasures.” Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Pop Culture Binges

Oh, you liked that show/movie you watched a month ago? Too bad; it's gone now.

Oh, you liked that show/movie you watched a month ago? Too bad; it’s gone now.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past few years, you may have noticed the pundits/anchors/news-type people discussing the recent-ish phenomenon of “binge-watching” on TV shows.  I’m not linking to any, but feel free to google “TV binging.” (I’m not sure how whether it’s spelled “binging” or “bingeing” as I’ve found both in use). I found articles written just a few days ago on the subject.

So, what is TV bing(e)ing? Well, according to my dictionary app, bing(e)ing is to:

indulge in an activity, esp. eating, to excess: some dieters say theycannot help binging on chocolate | (as noun binging) : her secret binging and vomiting.

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