All of you who write on the internets as well as reading them will no doubt be pleased to know that the host for the Tenth Feminist SF Carnival has been announced. Reb of Adventures in Lame has posted a call for submissions – get them in by January 30th!
On to other internets – in the category of “things everyone has probably seen already, but which are so cool that I must link them anyway” I have not one, but two intensely geeky sweets-related items today. First up, the battle of Helm’s Deep recreated in gummy form (with icing and a few lollipops). And if that’s not enough to make you ache in both your teeth and your geek-parts, check out this awesome Link cake. Sweet.
In addition to viewing photos of sugary creations, I read a lot of reviews this week. One that might actually get me out of the house and into a movie theater, despite the weather around here, is Plucky Punk‘s take on Children of Men (which I won’t quote from, for the spoiler-shy).
And in the sort of weird-but-not-that-weird coincidence that always seems to come up with my collections of IRtI links, the other movie review that I read this week and found very interesting was by Grace at Heroine Content, regarding King Arthur (which stars Clive Owen, who is in Children of Men, in case you’re going “wait, what coincidence?”):
The story of King Arthur and the Knights of his Round Table is hardly a feminist fairy tale. I mean…Lancelot, you know? And all full of male avenging and pulling swords from stones and generally phallocentricity. Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, however, doesn’t bother itself with being too true to the original tale. Whether or not this makes it a better movie is questionable, but it does up the heroine content a bit.
True enough! And I agree with Grace that, as heroines in faux-historical action movies go, Keira Knightley’s Guinevere is pretty kick-ass. Knightley isn’t all I could wish for in an action heroine, but I do like the way she keeps ending up in movies with weapons in her hands.
Shifting from film to print media, Kalinara discussed the reasons why Cassandra Cain doesn’t really do it for her as a character in a post that will really resonate with readers who dislike characters who are just a little too awesome:
I’ve mentioned before that one of my biggest problems with Kitty Pryde as a character is how she seems to be more of a collection of traits that the writers thought were cool than an actual character. Of course she’s a ninja, ballerina, world-class chess player, et cetera.
I will give Cass a bit more credit. I think she’s got a very distinct personality (um, barring recent OYL events), it’s just…yet another “of course” for me.
I have no problem with martial artists with unique abilities, I have no problem with children of pre-established characters, I have no problem with traumatizing pasts or moral decision or really any trait that Cass possesses individually. It’s just…somehow together, they become eye-rolling to me.
And in picture-less literature, Betty wrote about her thoughts on The Time Traveler’s Wife. Which saves me ever having to write a review of my own, since I would’ve said basically all the same things she did, except probably with more rambling.
I suspect that many IRtI readers who are fans of sci-fantasy literature (or any literature, really) will have read Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, and, if they’re anything like me, will have found it a beautiful, wonderful book. Such persons may be interested to learn (as I did, this week) about Peter S. Beagle’s difficulties in collecting money from his film projects – including the The Last Unicorn animated film. That film is about to be re-released in a 25th Anniversary special edition – purchasing it through Conlan Press will help support Peter S. Beagle. Purchasing it elsewhere, won’t.
Those of you who write in addition to reading may be interested in two posts I read this week by two of my favorite authors. Elaine Cunningham posts some advice she’s put together for an aspiring writer, and Elizabeth Bear suggests “thirteen things to do when you run out of plot.”
For a humorous close this week, check out Karen and Betty’s memo to the “Feminist Comics Cabal” about their next meeting. And if that’s not enough to get you giggling, may I suggest a short video regarding Klingons in the White House?
Next week: More internets!