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.
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
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
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
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? (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
So, I’m currently a little stalled on my next blog post, “Are Cartoons Just For Kids?” (I’m sure you know what my answer is). Therefore, I thought I’d introduce some updates.
First, I mentioned in my “Struggles With Representation Part 1: Race” that many fans of established characters often have issues accepting a white character being made a minority. For some people this is still true, as tumblr. (I know, they’re probably all 10-year-olds who lied about their age) got into a little tizzy recently about some very popular fancasting for Wonder Woman: