Guys, I have reached that stage of disorganized blogging where not only do I stop stressing about not having anything resembling a schedule, but I also say fuck it! and write a random post about random, non-romance stuff, just because.
Should you worry about this? Well, if you weren't worried that one time I announced a new feature and never came through with it*, then you shouldn't worry now.
John Green and The Fault in Our Stars have taken over the Internet. The promoted tweet announcing the book/movie as “the greatest romance story of the decade” (The Notebook would like a word with that tweet) invaded my timeline five times. Five! And then there is the media obsession with painting Green as the savior of YA literature ignoring all the women who came before him, but that’s a rant for another day. I don’t have anything against Green, but all the attention and media portrayal is exhausting, so I'm giving it even more attention with some links that I found funny and interesting:
Author Elizabeth Scott discovers the John Green Formula.
The Fault In Our Stars’ Deleted Scenes. As usual, The Toast is being clever and hilarious.
The Interior Monologue of an Unrepentant Cynical Bitch Going to See 'The Fault in Our Stars'. Pajiba is a blog I used to love that has been pissing me off lately, but this article is priceless, especially because it paints the main male character under a very negative light, which makes me wonder why I haven’t seen similar criticism. It could be that the reviewer was exaggerating, of course, but maybe Stephenie Meyer and Edward hoarded all the attention, and now the rest of the problematic YA love interests are running rampant and using their unchecked possessive assholery to wreak havoc without us noticing.
And the unrelated bonus link: How Tolkien Characters Would Introduce Themselves in a Matriarchal Society
A movie review, because why not?!
Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy for a month now**. The main character is this awesome woman named Devi, who loves her armor just as much as she loves kicking ass. Last night I thought a lot about her, because I saw the movie Edge of Tomorrow, which features, you guessed it, an awesome woman nicknamed the “Full Metal Bitch”, who loves her armor as much as she loves kicking ass. Well, I don’t really know if she loves her armor that much, but she sure kicks ass.
Basically, the movie is Groundhog Day with aliens and the people in clunky armors who fight them. The main character is Tom Cruise, but Emily Blunt is in it a lot and she’s kind of a reluctant mentor, so she’s neither a damsel in distress nor a love interest. Cruise, who in real life is off-putting in a creepy, intense way, has a very charismatic screen presence, and his character is an asshole with a strong arc (for a non-stop action movie), so I found him very enjoyable. And the whole movie is pure fun, not just because of the great action, but also because it has lots of comedy. The logic behind some aspects of the plot relies on magic alien science, so there’s not much logic to be found, but even that is straightforward and uncomplicated, and I was happy to go along with it.
I loved it.
ETA: I forgot to say that, in case anyone is curious, the movie is based on this book by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
Currently Reading (or Listening To):
Andy Weir’s The Martian. I first heard about it from Katiebabs, but it sat forgotten on my wish list until two weeks ago when I realized I had Audible credits to spend. I’m new to audiobooks and I’m still figuring out what works for me and what doesn't, but I've never been so happy I went with the audio version as I am right now, because this book lends itself to the format and the narrator is fabulous.
The plot is very simple: Mark is an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and presumed dead by his team and NASA. Most of the book is told in log entries in which Mark tells us about his day trying to use science to MacGyver his way into and out of simple and not-so-simple problems that should keep him alive until the next mission comes. It sounds monotonous and broody, but it’s not, in part because Mark is charming and funny and makes everything really entertaining.
I haven’t finished it yet, but I can’t wait.
* That post is actually coming. It’s been on my mind for over a year, and I have a (mostly blank) Word document saved and all. Just wait for it!
** That review is actually coming. It’s been on my mind for over a month, and I have a (mostly blank) Word document saved and all. Just wait for it!