This week I have added two new pages to the website.
The Favorites page is an ongoing list of all of my favorite movies, TV shows, and books that feature marginalized groups, be it women, people of color, the queer community, and/or people with disabilities.
The For Writers page is exactly what it sounds like: a list of resources I think would be helpful for other speculative fiction authors. While this blog and website was not originally geared toward teaching/helping other writers, I've found that a lot of people who love reading like I do also want to try their hand at writing.
So take a look at the new pages and let me know what you think! I'm especially interested in hearing your opinion on the Favorites page. I'm always looking to add to my reading and watching lists!
Reviews for new movies will be posted on Monday, assuming I can catch them on opening weekend.
Minor spoilers for Wonder Woman.
By now you’ve probably already heard the news: Wonder Woman is awesome. Moviegoers can’t stop raving about it. You may have also heard the very few negative reviews that focus more on Gal Gadot’s body, or the fact that the film is too “PC” to be a good superhero movie. Luckily, they’re vastly outnumbered.
My greatest concern for the movie when I stepped into the theater was that there would be a romantic subplot. Remember in Batman v. Superman, near the end, Wonder Woman says that “a hundred years ago I turned my back on mankind,” because of the horrible, bloody things we do to each other. Of course, it could actually mean that she turned away because her poor little heart was broken by a boy she liked. Everyone knew that Chris Pine’s character wasn’t going to make it. Would his BAMF death be the shallow reason Wonder Woman turns away from humanity, rather than the gas, the bombs, the disease, and all the other terrible travesties of war? That was my greatest fear.
Obviously there is chemistry between Wonder Woman and Chris Pine’s character, the only British spy who does not have a British accent. They do have a short (and, to be perfectly honest, adorable) fling. But thankfully it’s an added bonus, rather than the focus of Diana’s character. We see her go from a fearless newbie who knows nothing about the world to a wiser, powerful superhero. The romance is an important factor in that transformation, but it is far from the only reason she changes. 90% of the movie is on-the-nose gender jokes and slow-motion, 300-esque fight scenes. In other words, a standard superhero blockbuster.
It was a great movie, and one that was long overdue. Wonder Woman was created in 1941, and this is her first-ever live-action, big-screen movie. With Captain Marvel scheduled to come out in 2019, it might be enough to convince Hollywood to make a few more woman-centered superhero movies.
What did you think of Wonder Woman?
That's right! The blog of fantasy, science fiction and horror has returned to the internet! This is bigger, bitchier and better than ever!
For those who don't know, I made my debut on the internet by starting the blog Dragons, Zombies and Aliens in the summer of 2015. Unfortunately, in late 2016, I had to put it on hiatus. I was in my last year of college, I'd just started writing for TheThings.com, I was looking for a "real" job and an apartment, and overall just trying to salvage the tattered remains of my sanity. But now that I've graduated, secured a career in advocacy, and have a living space that's not my parents' basement, I have returned!
Not that I ever really left the internet in the first place. It's been a busy month: multiple short stories published, two novellas written and contracted, and dozens of articles making a splash on TheThings.com.
And we're just getting started.
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The first Dragons, Zombies and Aliens blog was started in 2015. Somewhere between college coursework, paying rent with door-to-door sales, and keeping up with my sorority sisters, I wrote reviews, rants and commentaries on books, TV shows, and movies. Now, this blog has moved, improved, and the sky's the limit!