anghraine: b&w leia in anh, melancholy; text: shadows falling (leia [shadows])
I had a few brief tantrums conversations with my Tumblr friends over Rogue One before I managed to organize my thoughts into something like coherence (and horrifying realizations). So the Lesser Tumblr Posts:

December 21: saw the movie; feelings could only be expressed in gif form; screeched about my shiny new agonizing otp
December 22: the other otp; started dreaming up fix-fic AUsassembled my thoughts about Jyn's arc; descended into more babbling; progressed to Vader relief; came to terms with Lucasfilm ignoring their own actors' ages to stick to the mandated 20-something leads; more screaming; God bless fandom; seriously, Jyn/Cassian shippers are amazing
December 23: explained Vader's murder puns; was corrected about literary terminology and sneered back. Representative excerpt:

The wordplay is entirely based on the multiple potential meanings of choke and of aspiration, not on any word serving multiple syntactic functions.

December 24: started grumping about extracanonical shit I find unconvincing and inconsistent; cringed over Cassian fics treating Spanish like Sindarin
December 25 (today!): accurately represented the filmmakers' interactions with our corporate overlord; helpfully assembled my favourite anguished author's notes from fellow shippers on AO3

There are a couple more (not counting my howling in the tags of various reblogged gifsets and manips and whatnot), but they're more substantial, so I'll probably do full crossposts.
anghraine: luke with lightsaber and leia with blaster; text: children of war (luke and leia [children of war])
Tumblr user bookwormusings responded to the previous post with:

So what you're saying is that people writing and defending fantasy seem to perceive dragons as more realistic than gender equality and poc/lgbt representation?

I replied:

Rather the opposite. I’m objecting to the specific argument, made by people criticizing fantasy for being non-representative, that if authors can make up DRAGONS and MAGIC, they can make up POC and LGBT people in quasi-historical settings too!

The argument lumps marginalized people who actually existed in with universe-altering departures from reality. The existence of marginalized people is not a departure from reality. It’s what reality is and was.

On a lesser note, it’s also simply a bad argument on the writing level. The idea that if you depart from reality in one way, anything goes–it’s terrible, terrible advice that nobody with the faintest concept of good writing will accept. Fantastic settings have to be grounded in reality to work. Otherwise it’s meaningless esoterica. The issue is what’s being presented as reality, not that it is.
anghraine: luke and leia against a yellow background, swirly circles between them; text: bonds of spirit (luke and leia [bonds of spirit])
I responded to this picspam with:

Luke and Leia are visually paired in a lot of interesting ways, especially considered it wasn't conceived as a twin thing until ROTJ. I think Luke-Leia was always built on likeness.

Han and Leia definitely have commonalities, but ultimately it's a relationship about struggling to cross boundaries, and it's framed that way visually. Luke and Leia are framed as a natural pair. Neither ever stop to think of the oddity of princess-farmboy; they just fit. It works, and nobody needs to think about why.

I'm putting it strongly, but—that's part of the reason that the treatment of them as opposite counterparts is so ??????? They're framed together in opposition to Han, visually and dynamically, so often. They're given incredibly similar lines, sometimes simultaneously. I think it's also why ... people joke about the twin twist, but ultimately it works. You can look at these two tiny, unflinching idealists shouldering terrible trauma, and saying, tomorrow I'll grieve but today we carry on, and believe they've got the same blood in their veins.

anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (between the mountains and the sea)
Tumblr user erunyauve made this post, which argued that Tolkien's insistence that Elves are "immensely strong" isn't supported by the suggestion in LOTR that Aragorn and Boromir are the muscle of the Fellowship, or a line in the Silmarillion about the distinction between Sindar and Noldor.

I responded:

Hm, I read the evidence rather differently.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
A Tumblr anon asked:

I don't know if you answered this before but do you think Mr. Collins proposal or Mr. Darcy's first proposal was more insulting?

My response (predictably):

Mr Collins. Darcy manages to stop short of 1) itemizing her dowry, 2) saying nobody else would ever want to marry her, and 3) insisting that no means yes because women are sadistic liars.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (darcy/emma [world domination])
antskog at Tumblr asked:

How do you feel about Romola Garai's Emma?


My response:

I liked it, with reservations.

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anghraine: leia c. esb; text: you'll never know how tough it is to be the one who isn't chosen (leia [not chosen])
When I received this (17 February 2016), I had just reblogged a Leia post and grumped in the tags about what I considered JJ Abrams' "cop-out" in respect to Leia's potential as a Jedi. (When asked about it, he didn't defend his marginalization of her abilities, but pinned the choice on Leia herself.)

An anon asked:

You know, I always wanted Leia to become a Jedi ever since I watched the original trilogy. I don't see it as a cop out that she isn't one, however. Mainly because I can see her not wanting anything to do with her father to contrast the 'I am a Jedi like my father before me.' And once her son started to fall down a similar path, I'd guess she actively wanted nothing to do with that. If it was a choice she made to contrast all of that, I think that makes sense too. So I'm OK either way


My response:

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (anakin)
aka, I’ve talked about this a million times, but I wanted to stick all my thoughts in one place. Also, specifically kicked off by @steinbecks’ fascinating take on him here.

Warning: I am aggressively indifferent to non-film material apart from novelizations and scripts. EU material, past and present, does not enter into my interpretations.

Okay. I think that how we understand Anakin’s identity as Darth Vader is … often flawed. Vader’s sense of his identity seems to get subsumed into Yoda’s, Obi-Wan’s, and Palpatine’s sense of his identity. But the whole idea of Anakin-in-the-past and Darth-Vader-in-the-present as ontologically separate is not an idea that Anakin himself ever subscribes to.

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anghraine: anakin in rots looking down; text: lost (anakin [lost])
caerrigor at Tumblr asked:

Have you ever seen people explain why they think Kylo Ren is a whiny entitled MRA dudebro? Because I feel like I've only seen them take it as read and go from there.

The closest things I’ve seen to reasons are

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anghraine: leia and luke at the end of esb; text: warchildren (leia and luke [war])
An anon asked:

I love that we see into the mind of a former stormtrooper thru Finn's perspective. Yet I can't help but wonder why he shows no concern stabbing his fellow stormtroopers, probbaly to death, when he objected to killing before. I get the situations are different (helpless civilians who didn't deserve it). But Finn doesn't seem to mind potentially killing those who've been brainwashed and kidnapped just like he was. I would think he'd hesitate before killing anyone, let alone people similar to him


My response:

I loved that too!

I’ve seen a lot of people raise that concern, but honestly, I’m a bit “???” about the whole thing. Finn may or may not empathize with other stormtroopers in general, but he takes a firm zero tolerance policy towards people trying to kill him. That’s perfectly reasonable and justified.

For me, the situations really are different–so different as to be completely incomparable, in fact. Finn doesn’t object to killing; he objects to unprovoked slaughter. There’s no reason for that horror to carry over to fighting in the defence of his life and the lives of his loved ones. It could, for someone who came out the other side a pacifist, but it’s never remotely suggested that that’s Finn. He doesn’t shrink from violence; he just refuses to be a tool of mass murder.

Really, if he stopped to think of all the philosophical ramifications he would be dead.
anghraine: vader and luke dueling in esb (anakin and luke)
An anon at Tumblr asked:

Star wars questions: I've only seen the original trilogy and force awakens so far. And I was wondering - is it ever considered morally right for a Jedi to kill? I would think not, that murder is something only people on the dark side would use. Yet Obi Wan and Yoda seemed to imply that want Luke to kill his father for the greater good etc And I've always been surprised by this. Why do Jedi seem to approve of murder yet not associate it with dark or evil? Unless Jedi don't frown on murder?

My response:

Killing and murder are not the same thing, though I think the Jedi walk a pretty damn narrow line there.

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anghraine: tarrlok glowering through his hair; text: lost (tarrlok [lost])
At Tumblr, I received a submission from someone called Fladow, in response to this post:

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anghraine: text: i've had it with these motherfucking sith (samuel l. windu)
At Tumblr, I responded to a conversation about how TFA creates a completely different experience if you know the wider context from the novelization/script/interviews.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I thought I'd crossposted this one, but maybe not? Anyway:

Anon:

How accurate is the costumes and hairstyles in P&P 2005? I have yet to read the book (I know, I know, bad fan, but now I've watched all the movies and miniseries, so it's next on my list since I still want more Elizabeth and Jane in my life), so how does the costumes go with the descriptions in the book?

Me:

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anghraine: luke after his hand gets cut off; text: there are not enough days in the week for all the therapy i'm going to need (luke [therapy])
I grumped under f-lock awhile back about a really bizarre anon on Tumblr who interrogated me about why I think intent and mental capacity affect moral culpability. Some three or four asks later, I lost patience with them, but my original response is maybe relevant to people's interests here.

(The immediate context was Kylo Ren wank, but I largely bypassed that for LET'S TALK ABOUT ETHICS.)

Anon:

Do you mind explaining what you mean about diminished capacity? I have a hard time getting where it matters. Even if the intent is not the same the end result doesn't change. In order to not excuse it, they both need to be treated the same.. I don't get how diminished capacity would make Kylo Ren somehow less immoral than Hux. He still did those things. Some things cannot be made up for.

Me:

The concept that intent does not alter the morality of crime is … completely contrary to how criminal law works. And most systems of ethics.

I’m a lot more interested in ethics than further villain wank, which I feel I have very thoroughly addressed, so I’m talking about the role of intent and capacity in morality here.

TW for murder, torture, rape, suicide, and disassociative depression/mania

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anghraine: brown-haired cartoon girl with a wide smile, large black eyes, a bloodstained shawl, a cup of tea, a sword, and a crown (me (as author!))
I don't always rant on social media about research into medieval constructions of childhood and gender, but when I do...

 

...it's in MLA format.

/flop

Apr. 19th, 2016 08:14 pm
anghraine: regency man holding a book; text: love, pride & delicacy (darcy)
To give an idea of just how much brain power I have these days, I'm pretty sure the height of my fannish production at the moment are my brief, loose recaps/interpretations of random favourite scenes in P&P:

- Darcy enduring Sir William, poorly
- Darcy enduring Sir William, well(ish)
- rating male hotness: fun for the whole family!

At least I'm in an Austen mood.

(Taking eighteenth century lit probably helps!)
anghraine: luke skywalker staring at his cybernetic hand; text: the monster within (luke [monster within])
An anon at Tumblr asked me why so many people feel that Kylo Ren absolutely cannot be redeemed. There's been a lot of wank and a lot of nonsense about it, of course, but I tried for a good faith response.

There are … various reasons, and I’ve gotten into a lot of the nonsensical ones before. However, I do think there is one perfectly legitimate one.

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anghraine: padmé from aotc, luke from anh; text: generations (padmé and luke)
landofalwayswinter on Tumblr asked:

Did Padme's family know she had kids? I know she looked pregnant in the funeral scene but her and Anakin were Secret Married so idk. Would Padme's family accept that Luke and Leia are her kids? You have the best Star Wars meta btw :3

My response:

Thanks :)

They met Anakin and clearly realized that he and Padmé were in the process of getting romantically involved, even if they didn’t know about the secret marriage. The mere fact of being Skywalkers born on the day of Padmé’s death is suggestive enough. Once the death of the Emperor destroys the need for secrecy, I imagine those basic Wikipedia profile facts would become pretty widely known to anyone. The Naberries might very well guess at the truth before Luke and Leia themselves.

Even if not, the GFFA canonically has blood testing technology. They use it to test Anakin’s midichlorians in TPM. It’s not much of a stretch to think they could do basic genetic testing.

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