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The second teaser for The LEGO Batman Movie makes me laugh out loud every time. BEAUTIFUL.

Everybody’s seen the amazing fem!Finn cosplay Ms. Victory did, right? The one that John Boyega loved? Good.

Rob Bricken’s Batman V. Superman: Spoiler FAQ of Justice is a spoilery wonderland of shade, starting with declaring Snyder’s DC films the Zack Snyder’s DC Cinematic Murderverse. PERFECTION.

➝ To celebrate Star Trek’s fiftieth anniversary, MAC will be releasing a cosmetic collection celebrating the franchise. Take all my money.

Maisie Williams has been cast as Wolfsbane in the upcoming New Mutants film. I only really know the New Mutants from Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, but that gives me enough to understand that she’s a great choice.

➝ At The Daily Beast, Arthur Chu explains how Daredevil’s second season fails Asian-Americans.


➝ Ann Leckie herself made this set of Imperiald Radch teas and they look delicious! I love fannish teas and this seems like a really nice set.


➝ So, Hugo nominations are closed but remember you can still vote for The Locus Awards until 15th April. They even have a YA category. #bitter

➝ And if you enjoy nominating things, Nisi Shawl would like you to recommend 2015 short SFF that might fit in The Year's Illustrious Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy. The web form explains all the necessary qualifications, and suggestions close on 30th of April. I have already put several stories in this form and I know lots of you will have great suggestions too, so share them before the project closes on 30th April 2016.

Casting news for Annihilation has started to appear and it's pretty great so far. Now I just have to read the book!

➝ In TV news, Scott & Bailey returns in April! Although only for three episodes… Still, expect this to lead me into pressuring more of you to watch this show (and Happy Valley).

➝ And Supergirl is probably being renewed for a second series? No one seems 100% sure about this but a Mary Sue announcement is always reassuring.

Living the consequences explores the difficulties of being identified as a feminist. This hit home. I have definitely experienced the feeling of being prejudged and teased just for having a feminist response to something, and have significantly altered my public behaviour to cope with the way the world treats feminists. The essay also explores the idea of the 'feminist killjoy' on an intersectional level - looking at how feminists can make other feminists into killjoys by refusing to examine media with an eye to intersections.

➝ I really just want all the straight women who go on Don't Tell the Bride to leave their terrible, thoughtless partners so I am the ideal reader for Laurie Penny's article Maybe You Should Just Be Single:

Nothing frustrates me so much as watching young women at the start of their lives wasting years in succession on lacklustre, unappreciative, boring child-men who were only ever looking for a magic girl to show off to their friends, a girl who would in private be both surrogate mother and sex partner. I’ve been that girl. It’s no fun being that girl. That girl doesn’t get to have the kind of adventures you really ought to be having in your teens and twenties. It’s not that her dreams and plans don’t matter, but they always matter slightly less than the boy’s, because that’s what boys are taught to expect—that their girlfriend is there to play a supporting role in their life.

British astronaut Tim Peake continues to enjoy space a lot *giggles*


➝ Thanks to a recommendation from Jenny of Reading the End, I've begun following the work of Internet linguist Gretchen McCullough. One particularly fun piece is this talk from SXSW about the linguistics of emoji. There's a recording of the talk as well as a complete slide deck; I listened to the talk while following the slides, but you can get the gist of it from the slides alone.

➝ Not long ago, a friend on Facebook was asking about her representation in genre fiction — "where are all the stories about 40-something single mothers going on epic quests?" I put forth a couple of recommendations (Boneshaker by Cherie Priest and Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold), but I've always kept an eye out for more. And here's the epic answer: The Old(er) Women in SF/F Book Recommendation List. This list is a little broader than my friend's request — it covers female characters 40 and older, including secondary characters — but it looks like a great place to start. Alphabetical by author.

➝ "Which Team Mascot Would Most Likely Destroy the Team Named After It?" Hornets, Heat, Isotopes, Avalanche: none of these guys are going to do very well. Inspired by the Chicago Cubs meeting some actual bear cubs (thankfully, neither cubs nor Cubs were destroyed in the process).

3-D printed wearable armor, modeled by Felicia Day. Although this example appears to be an original creation, how great would this tool be for cosplayers?


➝ Gavia Baker-Whitelaw wrote A reader's guide to Black Panther comics to get us all pumped for the new Black Panther run! :D

➝ This supercut, The Road to Civil War, was pretty great. The one thing I am down for in Civil War is Tony's position, which is a direct call back to his own films, a thing I was so bitter Avengers: Age of Ultron completely borked.

➝ So BookTube is a thing, but I'm really bad at Youtube these days (oh, for the long ago days of 2007/2008). I didn't know where to start so I asked Elizabeth for recs and she compiled an entire list which means now everyone can benefit from my cluelessness and find some cool bookish youtubers to follow!


If you missed N. K. Jemisin angrily tweeting about Egyptian mythology after watched Gods of Egypt, it's been storified!

Fik-Shun's latest routine for World of Dance is up! I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but clearly the answer was "Fik-Shun pulling a bait-and-switch."

I Don’t Want Your Queer Tragedy: A Parable by A. Merc Rustad

You sit there, your face throbbing, your brain confused. But why is that the end? It was going so well. Those queer protagonists, the ones like you, the ones you were rooting for and invested in…why are they dead? Why are they in pain? (Why are you in pain?)

This is a story that I know well — probably that most queer fans of media know well — and all of the face-punching and having to brace yourself when you reach for a story with queer leads because you can't trust it... Yeah, we know this story. I think this parable manages to have a smidgen of hope in it though, thank goodness.

Date: 2016-04-08 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
Boneshaker just arrived in my house this week, must bump it up the tbr list.

That article on the Asian-fail of Daredevil was a really good read, thanks for that.

Date: 2016-04-08 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
Oh damn, I hadn't seen that casting news about Annihilation. That's fantastic! I don't know too much about Tessa Thompson, but I love those other two actors.

The Laurie Penny piece is great and encapsulates so much of what I love about being single. That she said she felt like she couldn't write the piece while also being single rang especially true -- if you're single and you want to be and you say you want to be, there's always still the sense that it might be sour grapes. But when I look at my life so far, I have been my best self when I've been single, in ways that I've had to (well, chosen to, I guess!) ignore and compromise away when I've been coupled. I think if you don't meet someone who makes that untrue, someone with whom you are your best self, then the game's not worth the candle. SUCH IS MY PHILOSOPHY.

Date: 2016-04-10 11:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
As much as I wish it were true, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane was a hoax.


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