Twilight: The Unbearable Lightness of Being... Edward Cullen
In Biology class, we learn that Edward and Bella are not so different after all: they’re both stellar students because they’ve repeated the material previously before. So why does Bella constantly compare herself unfavorably to Edward, and why does Mr. Banner jump to the conclusion that Bella has had the material before, but doesn’t ask the same of Edward? The only real difference here is gender and species... and Mr. Banner doesn’t know that Edward is a vampire. Come help us explore stereotypes in schooling this week!
Trigger Warning: some talk about rape/sexual assault
Summary: A few recent vampire films seem to be getting a clue and responding to vampires or portraying vampires from a more female-inclusive perspective, but several of those movies still seem to reduce female characters to victims or heroines with motivations rooted in other male characters.
Trigger Warning: Transhumanism, Language, Violence, Disturbing Imagery in the synopsis
The plot so far concerns an individual named Chloe who woke up without any memories of who she was, trapped on Earth, revived by a entity claiming to be a hard AI calling itself "Antares." The goal, Antares told her, was to get from where she was, Flagstaff, Arizona, to Groom Lake, Nevada, in one piece where there would be people waiting to lift her off of the planet. It becomes a game of survival as Chloe tries to make her way there, through a blasted, post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by killer robots, scoured by sudden and violent storms, and inhabited by something all together worse... (it uses the EP universe as a backdrop).
Twilight: Being Flung From the Narrative
What new hijinks are in store for us this week as Bella concocts wild plans to escape to the nurse’s office and contemplates violence against her fellow classmates? Will Bella take the long-view of the situation and maintain her cool or will she throw down on Jessica right there and then in the cafeteria? And what Hogwart house would Bella be sort into? Come help us decide!
Narnia: Identifying with the Aggressor
Edmund has been dubbed a bully and so shall he remain for the rest of the novel... but why? Is he really a “bad” child or has he been placed in situations where he has learned to imitate stronger bullies in order to survive? As Lucy and Edmund disappear into Narnia to each meet their respective Narnians, it’s worth wondering if Edmund’s adventure might have turned out very differently had he run into someone other than the White Witch. Is the country of Narnia setting Edmund up to fail? Join the debate!
In case you missed this
Trigger Warning: discussion of rape/sexual assault
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