lotesse: (curiouser)
the thing that gets me about the way Pullman has it all end up in His Dark Materials - more than the muting of Lyra, the generic alterna-afterlife stuff, the gratuitous heterosexuality – the thing that really gets at me is the narrative insistence on children's obedience. imo that's a hard conservative value, and gives the lie to Pullman's self-positioning as a humanist alternative to Christian fantasists, C.S. Lewis in particular. Read more... )
lotesse: (lotr_samwise)
Heard a great lecture from Suzanne Keen today - I think I need to my by own copy of her book Empathy and the Novel.

my answers to the ten-questions meme from this weekend, each comprising a nice little babble: Fullmetal Alchemist, SG-1, the Aubreyad, The Dark is Rising, Prydain, Eight Cousins, Star Wars, Downton Abbey, and Westmark.

I am sitting here morbidly avoiding the tab in which I have opened today's Mark Reads - it's the Choices of Master Samwise today, and I can't take this chapter, I can't, just thinking of it makes me start tearing up, I couldn't read this chapter aloud to my little sister when we were kids because it made me cry so hard. I love it so, it's the most beautiful thing that's ever happened to me. And I have the tab open and I keep, like, accidentally switching to it and then covering it up again really quick.


Oh, hell. Now I am crying. God, Samwise, Samwise, Samwise. Further inarticulate muttering and general weeping & gnashing of teeth will continue until morale improves.
lotesse: (shakespeare_tempest)
meme, snagged from [personal profile] astridv:

Name a fandom you know (that you think I know too!) and I'll tell you

1. The first character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
6. The character I would totally smooch
7. The character I’d want to be like
8. The character I’d slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise
lotesse: (neverland)
The Boy's been reading Tamora Pierce's Immortals Quartet. Oh gods above but I loved - love - those books so much. I read them for the first time as a little teen, and they were just so completely the thing that I wanted. Awhile ago, [personal profile] thefourthvine wrote a gorgeous meta on being part of the audience - the Immortals books were one of my first real experiences with being front and center in a writer's audience. To this day, I still have a strong desire to draw little tiny hearts around Tamora Pierce.

So he's been reading them, and we've been talking about them, and I seem to have nerded out and made a ship fanmix. Um.

behind the cut: Fair Strange Lover, a Daine/Numair Immortals Quartet fanmix )

god jul!

25 Dec 2009 11:13 am
lotesse: (ronia)
My yuletide story, What Birk Has Learned, is so unspeakably wonderful that I have to rec it in particular (especially to [personal profile] ilthit, who apparently was one of the other two people in yuletide to request this fandom.) Ronia the Robber's Daughter, Birk/Ronia friendship.
lotesse: (nussknacker)
(I will start making eeping noises about yuletide signups once I've had the chance to do some notebooking and figure out what on earth I'm going to offer and request this year. November already! It snuck up on me this year.)

For anyone who speaks German - or for anyone who's a Hoffmann nerd - is there a standard English translation of "Nussknacker und Mausekonig"? One that's trustworthy? I'm making plans to take the Baby to the University ballet next month, and I wanted to beef up on the Hoffmann story. Besides which, I remember liking it a great deal as a kid, and it would be fun to read again. But from my fiddling around on the net, it looks like there's a bunch of "based on"s and not very many faithful translations. And I don't want a kiddie version!
lotesse: (darkisrising)
When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.
lotesse: (darkisrising)
It got so cold these last few days that I ended up turning back to Susan Cooper to cope with it! And oh dear me, I do love her books. The Dark is Rising books are sweet as honey, and I get all heart-clenchy over them. They're the sort of books that have me gasping out characters' names in peak narrative moments, just to somehow give voice to the abundance of love I end up feeling for them.

Question: did anyone else ever read Cooper's book Seaward? It was one of my best beloveds as a kid, and I haven't seen nor touched in for years, now - it tends to be hard to find. I remember that it was one of those books that were a big deal for me in early adolescence: the ones that were still pretty much children's lit, not YA - classic high fantasy, not hip or modern or anything like that - but that had sex bits in them. And not porn or anything, but just sort of an awareness of the body as a subject. Seaward and Many Waters and Tehanu, and Freckles. Before Song of the Lioness and Mists of Avalon. I loved those books so very very much.
lotesse: (feminism - Buffy)
Because I love the girls and women in my fandoms, and think they're awesome.

spring on horseback like a lady )
lotesse: (narnia - no other Lion)

to my dearest Yuletide santa )
lotesse: (literature - Victorian)
A small and amusing note from my Gender & Spec Fic students:

We read [livejournal.com profile] tammypierce's In The Hand of the Goddess on Friday, as representative of the 80s/90s trend of feminist goddessy geek stuff aimed at the younger sections of society, which was great fun. There were are fair gaggle who read the Alanna books as kids, but most hadn't heard of them.

Awesomely enough, while the class was pretty much in agreement that the positive sexuality in the book was a good thing, many of the students who hadn't read the complete series took exception with Prince Jonathan - they thought he was too controlling, that Alanna spent too much of their time together worrying about her femininity or lack thereof, and several said that in contrast, they thought she could be entirely herself with George Cooper. At which point those of us who were Tortall junkies started making smothered giggling noises. Oh George/Alanna - theirloveissoobvious!

They have a short paper due tomorrow, and I'm kind of hoping that I get lots of Tortall readings.
lotesse: (darkisrising)
I want to link to a discussion on the recent Supreme Court ruling on child porn taking place over at Feministe. As should be obvious, I disagree with what many of the posters over there are saying.

I have major issues with our definition of childhood - I certainly think it's not done my generation any favors that we're still considered kids at twenty. We've elongated adolescence to a ridiculous level. At fifteen, I wanted to be treated like an adult. I wanted to be a real part of the world, not a subordinate part. That doesn't mean that grown men should have been having sex with me, but I was sexually active at sixteen and I waited longer than almost all my friends.

There's a difference between pornographic materials featuring four year olds and sixteen year olds. There just is.
lotesse: (narnia - no other Lion)
So. This whole Prince Caspian movie thing.

rambling hopes and anxieties, some possible spoilers )

Supernatural finale in two hours, Narnia in twenty-two. It's going to be a good weekend!
lotesse: (fairytale - snow white)
I wanted this passage so badly I had to go to the library in all the rain and wind to get it. I'm typing it up here so that I'll always have it close at hand, and because I thought maybe some of you might also want it. So: the bit from the end of "The Castle of Llyr," where Eilonwy can't remember Taran and dreams of the apple tree in spring.

I am Eilonwy Daughter of of Angharad Daughter of Regat, continued Eilonwy )

Oh, Taran.
lotesse: (labyrinth - slave)
I think that part of what I love so very much about Miyazaki films is that they use symphonic music the way I remember it from going to concerts as a child. Ordinary movies use symphonic scores, but they're always kind of John Williams-esque. They work in their own particular way. They're meant to underscore, not to lead.

Miyazaki could almost be using classical symphonic compositions unrelated to his films as scores. The instrumentation is free and unconventional and empowered. It really does make me feel like I'm back home, going to symphony concerts with my father, and telling myself stories about the music. The instruments matter just as much as the vocal performances do - sometimes even more.

Also, I love Miyazaki's tendency to draw big, capable women with massive bustlines. It makes me all happy inside.

As it's rainy and I'm going to be alone all night, and as I don't have any classes tomorrow, I'm going to mainline Miyazaki, and then maybe watch Fullmetal Alchemist. Safe warm lovely things, with pretty music. It took me a few years, after I moved out, for me to realize how much I needed orchestral music. As a kid, it was always playing around me, and so I played my own stuff. Without daddy to provide the Bach and Copeland, I have to remember to play those things myself. They make me so awfully happy.
lotesse: (darkisrising)
Thank you so much to [livejournal.com profile] lazigyrl for my Yuletide story; I thoroughly enjoyed it, and y'all should read it.

I wrote "Of Smoke and Gold and Breathing" for [livejournal.com profile] shortcakegreen:
The Dark is Rising, Jane/Will/Bran, PG, 9,438 words.

fairytales on both sides of the glass )

daughter of the sea, oregano's first cousin


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