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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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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.

I’ll assume you know what television is. Continue reading

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Too Popular Culture? Exclusivity In Fandom

So, it’s apparently “geek week” on YouTube, and, as yet another indication that geekdom has become more acceptable to the general public arises, I can’t help but contemplate certain…territorial tendencies of those geeks who are now seeing their passions gain wide-spread acceptance.

Take for example this meme, which, as some may recall, caused a small uproar last year.But seriously, what the hell is a gigawatt?

But seriously, what the hell is a gigawatt?                       (Image from Know Your Meme)

Oh, hello “Idiot Nerd Girl.” (And, no, the whole post isn’t going to be about this, nor am I going to subject you to my 20+ academic page paper on this subject.) Continue reading

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Look At Debate in Fandom.

Note: Some of the below videos contain cursing/juvenile humor. And Hitler.

I don’t know a single person who won’t throw down in a debate over something. That something may be politics, religion, social justice, or men’s facial hair; but everyone I know has at least some topic they believe to hold the moral/factual/logical/etc. high ground in and they will try to prove their side.

Now, I don’t know if everyone’s this way. Maybe I just know many opinionated people. Perhaps there are people out there who are either not argumentative enough or not passionate enough to engage in debates with others who don’t share their opinions.

I imagine these people, if they do exist, either have a lot of repressed rage or are the happiest people on the planet because debates are often either an invigorating way to get your opinion out into the world or vampiric exchanges that suck the life out of the participants.

And if there’s one thing every fandom seems to know how to do, it’s holding passionate, hate-filled, endless debates about fictional characters, places, and minutia. Continue reading

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Are Cartoons Just For Kids?

Justice League: Unlimited

Justice League: Unlimited

[Spoilers for Man of Steel, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Lion King, Arrow, Justice League: Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Young Justice]

I’m sure you can all guess my answer based on frequent references to Avatar: The Last Airbender, Disney, and the DC Animated Universe. But then, perhaps I’m just immature, a wo-man child who can’t move past her adolescence and become an adult. After all, many adults of my age and older automatically dismiss anything animated as something for children that they’ve outgrown. Well, I should qualify that. They dismiss non-adult humor based animation. Characters snarking and making off color jokes is much more mature, you see.

Of course, I think this opinion is absurd, and there are several reasons why I think those who dismiss entertainment that’s both animated and not explicitly for adults are missing out on some of the best TV shows and movies out there.

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Women in Refrigerators, Demotion to Love Interest, and Loss of Identity or Why Superman and Wonder Woman Should Break Up

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Awwww, their outfits are matching colors!

NOTE: There will be some more graphic images/descriptions in this piece as it will be briefly covering violence towards women in comics.

So, if anyone’s been reading DC Comic’s New 52 Justice League, they may have noticed this cover. That’s right! Superman and Wonder Woman are together. Isn’t it just great? At least in this moment, earth’s most powerful man and woman finding love in the only other person on the planet who truly understands what it is to be them.

[Edit: I totally forgot to mention there is an upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman series coming out.]

I hate this pairing.

“You hate this pairing?” you say, dear Readers, “But you just wrote a post all about the good things that come from shipping! Why can’t I ship Kal and Diana if I want to?”

Well, you adorable little scamp, I don’t so much mind you shipping them or other people seeing the potential for romance between these two. My problem is mostly with how this relationship tends to be portrayed in comics for what it does to Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Continue reading

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Problems With Representation Part 2: Gender

The pre-Merida lineup of "Disney Princesses"

The pre-Merida lineup of “Disney Princesses”

Let me begin this post with a note. I know representation is tricky. For a really good perspective on the challenges of choosing to represent non-white/straight/male characters, check out this blog post by Lindsay Ellis AKA Nostalgia Chick.

That being said, I hate that Disney made Mulan a “Disney Princess,” and not just because the character is in no way a princess. You see, Mulan holds a very special place in my heart, and Disney decided to rip that special place out of my chest, examine it, and then shred it to pieces because it didn’t fit their marketing strategy.

Edit: For the sake of this post, I’m only discussing Mulan and company as female characters. Disney’s issues with race and non-American cultures is another issue. Continue reading

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