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Fangirl Happy Hour #13 is out and I have now been schooled on the fact that Champagne Supernova and Wonderwall are two different songs. I should get a free pass on mistaking them because my friends played them on a repeated loop for months.

The OTW is recruiting AO3 Documentation, Support, Systems, and Communications staff

➝ This essay has made the rounds, but it's so great. Breakfast Of Bullshit: Futurephobia, The Hugos And The Invention Of SF’s Past.

➝ E3 happened. The BIGGEST NEWS is Final Fantasy VII remake, but I am also pretty excited about Horizon Zero Dawn because of ROBOT DINOSAURS?

The Definitive Oral History of How Clueless Became an Iconic 90s Classic was fascinating and apparently Murray could have been Dave Chappelle? Just picturing this is causing some cognitive dissonance.

Animation Adaptation of Stevenson's "Nimona" Gets Director, Screenwriter. YES!

The Toxic World of Mall Retail. I nodded my way through this whole article.

Fucking Up by Sam Starbuck: "If you work in the arts, any of the arts, you are eventually going to fuck up."

➝ Everyone knows this because we all shouted in exultation, but hey! IT NEVER HURTS TO CELEBRATE AGAIN: Ellen DeGeneres to Produce Adaptation of Naomi Novik's Fantasy Novel Uprooted

➝ Trailer: Z for Zachariah. I never read the book but I remember the book because it was hugely popular when I was younger. It was one of the books that got traded around that I didn't read, unlike Flowers in the Attic. This trailer looks…dubious, like post-apocalyptic love triangle dubious. But Chiwetel Ejiofor!

The Golden Age of Science Fiction Is Twenty-Nine by Nancy Jane Moore is excellent.

Book Acquisitions

Added TBR: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, Seveneves by Neal Stephenson, Bending Steel by Aldo J. Regalado, As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by Jen Chaney, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan, Press Start to Play edited by Daniel H. Wilson


➝ Last week I watched That Gal Who Was In That Thing, a documentary (currently available for free on Youtube) about being an actress on American TV. Recommended if you want to see women talk real talk about a range of issues, although I would say there are some 'this was clearly edited by dudes' and 'white women have privilege' moments that may want to be aware of before diving in. I'm hoping to talk more about this documentary at Irregularly Scheduled Viewing when time allows.

➝ I'm also queuing up a more bookish documentary: Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi And Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century. It stars Nnedi Okorafor and N. K. Jemisin, along with other black SFF authors, talking about 'the thoughts, goals and inspirations of a new generation of Black creators in graphic novels, television, cinema, literature and digital media'. Can't wait to get this once I get paid.

➝ When Angie dropped a link to Kekla Magoon's gender-flipped contemporary version of Robin Hood in August I couldn't click through fast enough. Just my opinion, but Robin Hood stories should all be gender-flipped for the next ten years and someone should write me Alison Argent is Robin Hood fic stat. Returning to Magoon's book, it's called Shadows of Sherwood and it's going to be released in August!

➝ Tom Cox, creator of WHY MY CAT IS SAD and successful author, wrote A Few Thoughts About Writing (And Quitting) A Newspaper Column in 2015. It's a necessary piece covering the poor pay, the problems of 'sexy' headlines on major online sites and problems specific to The Guardian itself. Good on Cox for writing it and I'm glad that he's received a lot of support for putting this out there. Of course, I can't help thinking how different the reaction to this piece (from readers and professionals) would have been if it'd been written by a woman...

➝ Rookie Magazine has a great interview with Sarah McCarry. Remember, About a Girl will be released on 14th July.

There's an Indiegogo campaign to bring back The Crystal Maze. I'm not sure I'm that bothered, especially as it'll be some kind of theatre experience rather than a TV show, but I think I know plenty of people who will be into this.

More from the Daily Dot, Gavia thinks Bryce Dallas Howard's shoes are the worst thing in 'Jurassic World'. Maybe not the worst (constant ridiculous he-man shots of Pratt, the sudden waves in Howard's hair, her nephews wanting to stay with Owen rather than her even though she just shot a dinosaur, that floor splay shot) but they're in the top five. The dinosaurs were cool though.

➝ Finally, stealing a link from Renay's Twitter account: Who You Should Fight: The Greek Gods Edition is really funny if you're a mythology nerd.

Date: 2015-06-19 10:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
I'm pretty sure I read Z for Zachariah way back when, but I have no real memories of it, so I guess I could've just picked it up and looked at it, and meant to read it but didn't.

I came out of Jurassic World thinking, not great but not too bad, but the more I think about it the worse the film becomes. All its flaws were initially hidden behind the dinosaur magic, and dinosaurs are big, they hide a multitude, but really, that film sucked in so many ways.

Date: 2015-06-21 07:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
It's actually a shame because from what I hear had they just tweaked a few things it might have stood up to critical examination.

I might see it but am definitely going to wait until the fervor is over.

Date: 2015-06-21 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theliteraryomnivore.wordpress.com
Jurassic World sounds so, so dumb. Infuriatingly so. (Although I was under the impression that the waves in Howard's hair was the humidity undoing whatever she did to straighten it that morning, in order to really push the idea that her persona as competent businesswoman is unnatural? Still gross, just gross in a different direction.)

Date: 2015-06-21 07:58 pm (UTC)
renay: artist rendition of the center of a nebula (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay
it's like the spinny wheel of grossness!

Date: 2015-06-21 09:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
That's a good crit of why they would change her hair. It happens really fast that's what I'd say to any crit about realistic humidity. One shot it's straight, the next she's getting up from shooting a dino and it's wavy. And then she gets kissed which adds all kind of grossosity to any reading.


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