The Last AirbenderAh! Ah! I'm not fond of M. Night Shyamalan since the whole Lady in the Water deal ('I'M A BRILLIANT CINEAST AND MY ART IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD, CRITICS ARE STUPID AND DON'T UNDERSTAND MY VISION ANYWAY'). The race fail surrounding the casting of The Last Airbender didn't do much to change my mind. That's why I'm not unhappy to read the pretty unanimous (so far) responses to the movie.
Skip BeatI don't know how it happened. I had not watched an anime for about 10 years. But I think I like Skip Beat!. It's cute and funny, the episodes are short and available in streaming. At first, it was just a nice afternoon break to forget about the pain in the ass that my clients are. But now I'm eager for season 2. In addition, the main female character is wonderful.
A Glorious dawnHow come I become so emotional watching this video?
"Fan communities have the potential for an extraordinary amount of subversion.
Any act of participation in the creation and deconstruction of the show can be a radical act. By cosplaying, by writing or reading fan fic, by blogging about the (good and bad) choices made by the writers, a fan asserts her importance, her active consumption and interaction with the material. She is not a passive consumer, forced to accept the narratives and values given to her, but a creator and a critic.
All of which is not to say that it isn’t important for sci fi shows to get their collective acts together, and start portraying the experiences and narratives of people who aren’t white dudes. But a fan who loves these shows doesn’t necessarily need to feel guilty about loving them, because she can subvert their weaknesses and actively participate in them."
[Source : Courtney Stoker on Feminist Geek]
So much THIS.