ellie_nors: (socialist steve)
I really don't get why the critics were so all over this film; it was good, but it wasn't that great. Maybe it's just by comparison to Superman v. Batman?

Anyway, have part 1 of my thoughts: things I liked and things I didn't like -- under the cut, because SPOILERS.

Spoilers ahoy! )
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[livejournal.com profile] tanais was cooking sausages for his breakfast a couple of days ago, and got to musing that there ought to be a fanfic where King Edmund and Queen Lucy visit an abbatoir - because where on earth do all those sausages come from in a land with talking animals, whom no Narnian would ever slaughter for food? I reminded him that there are dumb animals in Narnia as well as talking ones - for example, Puddleglum was happy enough to eat venison in the giants' castle (The Silver Chair) until the giants talked about how the stag it came from was a liar - i.e. it had spoken.

That got me thinking about the talking animal creation story in The Magician's Nephew (pp. 106-107):
"And now, for the first time, the Lion was quite silent. He was going to and fro among the animals. And every now and then he would go up to two of them (always two at a time) and touch their noses with his. He would touch two beavers among all the beavers, two leopards among all the leopards, one stag and one deer among all the deer, and leave the rest. Some sorts of animal he passed over altogether. But the pairs which he had touched instantly left their own kinds and followed him."
So far, so Christian allegory. But later, once Aslan ("the Lion") has breathed on each of these chosen creatures, and they have grown or shrunk according to their original size ("The smaller ones – the rabbits, moles and such-like -- grew a good deal larger. The very big ones -- you noticed it most with the elephants – grew a little smaller."), he commands them to
"...awake. Love. Think. Speak."
and the creatures respond:
"We hear and obey. We are awake. We love. We think. We speak. We know."
What makes these animals, these chosen animals different, special, is their ability to love, to think, to speak and to know. Like Adam, they can name. And this is the crux of the train of thought which treats human beings as not only special, but more important than other beings.

Some would say this exceptionalism is necessary to maintain the concept of human rights, but to me it is an invidious idea, which lies at the heart of our estrangement from the rest of nature, our ability to treat animals as marketable commodities, to accept cruel farming methods with minimal complaint, to capture other animals, which we now realise can themselves love, think, speak and know in their own way, and hold them in captivity for our entertainment.

I dearly loved Narnia growing up – I still do – but the older I get, the more what I find lying behind the page distresses me.
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With the imminent arrival of the final movie adaptations of the world wide phenomenon of Harry Potter, it is time for the sociological imagination to be cast upon the Wizarding World. Like The Psychology of Harry Potter and The Philosophy of Harry Potter (previously published works with which we have no affiliation), The Sociology of Harry Potter will be a collection of essays examining the series from a disciplinary perspective.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
  • Wizard society, culture, socialization, conformity/deviance
  • the Wizard criminal justice system
  • education
  • stratification, inequality, race, class, gender, sexuality, interpersonal relationships, group relations, prejudice/discrimination
  • family
  • media
  • medicine, mental health
  • leisure & recreation
  • military, government, law & public policy
  • capitalism, work
  • aging/life course
  • collective behavior, social movements
  • emotions, memory
  • human rights, non-human rights
  • labour
  • religion, social aspects of death, dying & bereavement
  • art & visual culture
  • environmental issues
  • body & embodiment, etc.

Prospective contributors should send an Owl to the editors at RavenclawSociology@gmail.com by October 17, 2010 briefly describing their essay idea, what sociological theories and/or literature it would draw on, and indicating whether they have read the books, seen the movies, or enjoyed both.

Proposals will be reviewed based on originality, depth of knowledge of the Wizarding World, and grounding in sociological scholarship. Preference will be given to those who have both read the books and seen the movies.

***This project is NOT in association with or authorized by J.K. Rolling, her US or UK publishers, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, the American or British Sociological Associations, or any other official Harry Potter or Sociology related or trade-marked entity.***

Jennifer Patrice Sims, M.A.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
ellie_nors: (Pansy)
First, another of [livejournal.com profile] elfwreck's clear-headed and insightful posts on why arguments against fanfic don't stand up: Anti-Fanfic Bingo, Round 2, part 1

Second, a beautiful ficlet: Jack's Got Crabs PotC-AWE, Rating: W for Weird. Non-Explicit. More or less, Summary: Even in Davy Jones' Locker, Jack finds allies.
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I've updated my Britpicking resource: here.
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I'm squeeing along with everyone else at the revelation by JKR that Dumbledore is gay, but my reasons may be a bit different from most people.

Dumbledore being gay is such a huge gay-positive statement, far more so than any other character being gay, because Dumbledore is a headmaster, and not just any old headmaster, but the headmaster of the only school in the British Wizarding world. He has responsibility for almost all the [eta]British[/eta] Wizarding world's children.

This is really radical stuff.

One of the most common and most pernicious false beliefs about queer people, particularly about gay men, is that they are 'a danger to children'. Here is the good character in the canon HP universe, the only one who has spent his whole life protecting and caring for and educating children, and he's gay.

In that context, I don't even care that his love for Grindelwald was unrequited. I don't doubt for a moment that he's had other, entirely consummated, loves in his long lifetime. JKR rocks!

(X-posted to Scribblit.)
ellie_nors: (Pansy)
In response to [livejournal.com profile] mimoletnoe's request in this thread (which overall is about how many male 'fangirls' there are):

loltom1 )

and just because (with apologies to [livejournal.com profile] alixtii and other het males of his stripe):

loltom2 ).

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[livejournal.com profile] lusiology gave a link to the Thirteen Hallows of Britain, said to be guarded by Merlin at Bardsey Island where he was said to have lived at one time in a glass house.

Listed here with my comments on the ones we may see or already have seen in the HP books: )
ellie_nors: (Slytherin)
This time from [livejournal.com profile] elfwreck. So much yes.
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Fetishizing the Real by [livejournal.com profile] ellen_fremedon (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] elfwreck for the rec).

A List of Published Fiction Containing Illegal Sexual Activities over at [livejournal.com profile] kitsune13.

And I'll say here what I said in response to a comment on my last post:

For me, the responsibility comes not at the writing stage but at the publishing stage. I feel fully at liberty to write whatever I want, for whatever reasons, conscious or otherwise. It's when I come to publishing (i.e. posting to my journal or a community) that the concerns about how others might react to or be affected by my fic come in, and that's what warnings and cut-tags, and sometimes filters, are for.

And just to add, I'm really glad [livejournal.com profile] heatherly wrote what she did, even though I find it patronising in the extreme, and ignorant of literary tropes in general, because the debate around it has given me an opportunity to clarify my thoughts and feelings.
ellie_nors: (Slytherin)
Two responses to [livejournal.com profile] heatherly's post advocating 'responsible fanfic' that sum up my feelings on the issue:

"realism, fantasy, and why we write what we write" by [livejournal.com profile] xanphibian

and some IMO very, very important further thoughts from [livejournal.com profile] tkp.

And I would just add: the inside of my head is the only part of my life I control absolutely, and my writing is an expression of it. The concept of 'responsible writing' is ridiculous - and invidious. I've ousted the Censor from my creative expression and my fantasy life. There is no way on this sacred earth that I'm letting him back in again, by any means.
ellie_nors: (Draco)
As an antidote to my emo!post about Draco:

Celebrate the other side.

[livejournal.com profile] june05

ellie_nors: (Draco)
I'm pretty much resigned to Snape dying, but I've only just allowed myself to start thinking about the possibility that Draco might not make it through ::heartclench:::wibbles:::cries::
ellie_nors: (Draco)
I know what GoF says, but is there any chance that Draco was transformed by fake!Moody, not into a ferret, but into an ermine? Or perhaps it is a sign of how far the Malfoy family are about to fall that fake!Moody chooses a white ferret rather than an ermine?


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