rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Aug. 24th, 2017 07:03 pm)
The Best of SubterraneanRead more... )
Urban Enemies, ed. Joseph Nassise: Read more... )
Claudia Grey, Defy the StarsRead more... )
Women of Futures Past, ed. Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Read more... )
Leta Blake & Indra Vaughn, Vespertinemodern gay romance )
Seanan McGuire, Down Among the Sticks and BonesRead more... )
Cherie Priest, ChapelwoodRead more... )
Sarah Kuhn, Heroine WorshipRead more... )
Mira Grant, Into the Drowning DeepRead more... )
Seanan McGuire, Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DayRead more... )Haunted Nights, ed. Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton: Read more... )
First, Grana is one of my favorite clothes shops--the materials are really high quality and their modal/cotton tops are the softest I've ever had. There is a big clearance now, and if you use this link then you get 10% off and I get $20 in credit. (Socks & tops are really cheap in the clearance.)

I went to see Alexandra Petri's To Tell My Story: Although the structuring conceit is a loose retelling of Hamlet, with a modern-day fangirl as the tragic protagonist Elsie, there are a number of other fandoms represented, most obviously Harry Potter, secondarily Twilight (though only identified as “vampire” in the promo materials, grrr), MCU (similar, grr), LoTR, Sherlock, and Historical RPF (Abraham Lincoln). Some observations:

1. Just as Ready Player One hails as its ideal reader an 80s fanboy, this play hails a 21st-century fangirl. I laughed a lot.

2. Me, a pedant: Technically, this isn’t a “fanfic,” but a “fandrama” or “fanwork,” though I understand why they used the more well-recognized term.

3. For a number of reasons, commercial “fanworks,” if you accept the application of that term to them—and for this play at least I think we should—tend to be metafictions, interested in the mechanisms of storytelling (see, e.g., Jasper Fforde’s series, Dumas père’s Kean as remixed by Sartre, Supernatural’s Fan Fiction and Slash Fiction episodes), especially if you include in the metafiction category retellings from the perspective of a character whose experience is elided from the original (see, e.g., Wide Sargasso Sea, Lo’s Diary, The Wind Done Gone, Jacqueline Carey’s retelling of LoTR). This play is no exception, as the title indicates, and I also sense a reference to Hamilton’s “who lives, who dies, who tells your story”—especially since Petri’s play, much more than Shakespeare’s, emphasizes that you (the character) have little to no control over those things. In Petri’s version, Elsie is not able to orchestrate the narrative for Horatio to repeat.

4. The program fascinated me because the format is very specifically taken from the Archive of Our Own, with its major tags, additional tags and kudos count, as well as fandom categorizations. And I’m pretty sure all the additional tags are canonical, even though some of them are not what we envisioned when we set up the additional tags field. That’s folksonomy for you. Anyway, obviously I don’t think there’s any trademark problem, and wouldn’t be for a creative work even if it used more of the Archive’s trade dress, but it’s notable that the AO3 now provides some standard formatting choices.

A few reviews, in the fannish theme:

Joe Harris & Dirk Maggis, The X-Files: Cold Cases (audiobook):Scully! )
I am Princess X & Princeless )

Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology: Gaiman retells some of the key Norse myths, and it’s enjoyable, though I liked Astolat’s version of Thor’s near-marriage to a giant better.
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Sep. 23rd, 2015 08:36 am)
Okay, all else aside, #bae_of_pigs is a brilliant coinage, no? Perfect synthesis of present pop culture with historical political scandal.

lots of old favorites, with sf, fantasy, sex, horror, and Richard Siken )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Sep. 8th, 2013 11:53 pm)
So, I haven't been trying to post every day for astolat's challenge, even though I would like to. I post almost every weekday at my pro blog, and it's the start of school, so I've felt a little overwhelmed. But it's a good idea. I'll see what I can do.
Courtney Crumrin! )

Terry Pratchett/Stephen Baxter; Cherie Priest )
My 5-year-old and my 3-year-old were saying what they wanted to be for Halloween--an Air Force pilot and a dinosaur, respectively. They immediately engaged in a debate over who'd win in a fight.

reviews: zombie steampunk and social networks )
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